I did another P90X workout earlier this week but todays workout was much different than weight training so I decided to go for it. Wikipedia defines plyometrics as “a type of exercise designed to produce fast and powerful movements. It is generally used by athletes to improve performance in sports, especially those that involve speed, quickness and power.” It’s also often referred to as “jump training” because the workouts typically involve jumping in one way or another. I’ve done various forms of plyometric workouts throughout my life as a high school athlete and then for one year playing baseball in college but since then I haven’t had much of a reason to train for explosiveness. Most of my favorite athletic events are running, hiking, biking, and climbing. I haven’t really played team sports in a long time so the need for agility isn’t as high as it used to be. I’ve done both P90X and P90X Plus and both involve this type of exercise and I found them to be total arse-kickers. I admit that working out in front of your TV or laptop is a bit corny but the reality is that I sweat like crazy and I can’t walk right the next day so you can’t argue with results.
The video itself is about 60 minutes long but with warmup and cooldown exercises the actual plyometric section is about 45 minutes, still not an insignificant amount of time to be jumping around. I originally started the workout barefoot because I left my running shoes at work but I was sweating buckets which made my floor pretty slippery so I had to switch to my hiking boots. I don’t recommend wearing boots during a plyo workout, it’s pretty similar to trying to jump while wearing bricks on your feet.
In addition to leaving my running shoes at work, I also left my heart rate monitor at work so I took my heart rate at the beginning of each of the six 30 second breaks. My heart rates were as follows:
Break 1 (after warmup) – 104bpm
Break 2 – 120bpm
Break 3 – 144bpm
Break 4 – 162bpm
Break 5 – 150bpm
Break 6 – 156 bpm
So this lead to my minimum/maximum/average being 104/162/139 over 45 minutes. I was drenched with sweat and my legs were pretty wobbly, even two days later (as I’m writing this post) my arse is still sore. It probably wasn’t the best idea to do this workout two days before running the Ragnar Relay in Cape Cod; a 24 hour, 12 person, 200 mile relay road race. I’m sure it’ll be fine (famous last words).
I looked around YouTube to try and find some examples of a plyometric workout and this video actually made me laugh out loud: two bros just doin P90X together, super serious, and videotaping it for the world, no big deal haha, enjoy: