Whats your take on Isometrics and Plyometrics?
I do various kinds of body weight exercises along with plenty of low aerobic activity and sprints. Besides this im planning on incorporating plyometrics and isometrics. The question i have is whats your take on plyometrics and isometrics? Do plyometrics really increase power to an extent that's worth the training, and are isometrics efficient and safe to perform daily?
Last edited by GrainsScareMe; 01-14-2011 at 06:54 PM.
Speaking as a 53 year old woman...plyometrics is amazing, but I definitely can NOT do it daily. By its very nature there's a lot of stress on the joints, and a little goes a long way. Whenever possible, do plyometric exercises with lots of padding. Vertical jumps and explosive push-ups, for example.
Isometrics, on the other hand, can be done whenever you feel like it. Yes, definitely worth it for injury prevention. If I start slacking off on doing planks on a daily basis, my core strength and stability suffers.
Both are great, do both. dragonmamma covered why already.
Plyo totally rocks! My legs get fiercely cut when I devote one training session/week to a lower body plyo. I do yoga which incorporates isometrics. I find yoga very calming and very good for core/upper body.
I get my plyometrics by PLAYING! Plyo is just sudden movement. Jumping, springing, throwing, sprinting, etc.
For me, Plyo "training" would ruin it. Instead, I go with racquet sports, tossing a few hoops in the driveway with my kids, throwing the frisbee to my dog, jumping on the trampoline or off the diving board, skipping and sprinting just for the shear joy of it... I did all of these things before I even heard of "Primal", but they've always worked well.
Just a quick quibble with the commenter who said that plyo is hard on the joints: no, it's not. Or at least, it should not be. If you are maintaining strength and fitness in the supporting muscles and soft tissues around those joints, then plyo should actually protect the joints, not stress them. I've had a total knee re-build (injury from my teens) with zero remaining cartilege in the joint, and I can still do plyo because I keep my quads and hams in good shape to absorb the impact before it gets to the joint.
Oh, and VFFs make plyo a breeze, and tons tons tons more fun because your feet feel free, and you can literally feel the metatarsal complex absorbing the impact of your foot-strike instead of jarring your heel/ankle/knee/hip/SI.
Isometrics? Go read some of Coach Sommer's essays (he's a fantastic gymnastics coach, one of the best; has a book Building the Gymnastic Body) about various isometric holds.
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I purchased INSANITY last year and its all about plyo and just movement and it's great, I love it. I incorporate it in my run/walk days. After a few minutes I'll stop and so some plyo jumps till I can't do anymore and then continue and then stop and do more! It gets the heart rate up that's for sure.
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