- Are you willing to spend $40+ on gym membership costs?
- Are you willing to drive every day after a long day of work, for a 30 minute workout?
If you’re like me the answers to those questions are no. I’m by no means an expert, but hopefully through this blog, you can learn and experiment different and simple ways of exercising at home, on a budget.
To start it off, I wanted to share a type of exercise training which I find very useful. (I will use Wikipedia’s help in trying to define the term). Plyometrics or “Plyos”for short, uses fast-acting movement that helps the body improve overall speed by developing muscular power. A plyometrics trainer describes it as an event that “involves powerful muscular contractions in response to a rapid stretching of the involved musculature. These powerful contractions are not a pure muscular event; they have an extremely high degree of central nervous system involvement. It is a combination of an involuntary reflex (i.e. a neural event), which is then followed by a fast muscular contraction (i.e. voluntary muscular event)."
It sounds difficult right? You’ll be surprised how easy plyometrics actually is, and the best part is that you don’t really need equipment to do it. We have all seen it, and surprisingly we have all done it. Here are a couple of exercise examples.
Lower body plyometrics:
long jumps, jumping jacks, leg hoping, squat-jumps, bounds, hops.
Spend 30 minutes alternating between these exercises and let me know how your legs feel afterwards!
Upper body plyometrics:
"Alternative Box Push-off with shoulder press"
Targets the upper and lower body
The dumbbells can vary in weight 5-25lbs depending
on your strength. The more weight of course, the more
strength your muscles gain. Walmart sells a 10 lb dumbbell
at a starting price of $9.47 each.
Targets upper and lower body, core
This one in particular will make you
sweat and your thighs burn!
"Alternating split squat jumps with dumbbells"
Targets upper and lower body
Here are a few to get you started! Share your experiences and let me know how each exercise works out!
Pictures and exercises taken from GoldsGym.com