This workout is a combination of isometric and plyometric exercises. It is quick (15 minutes), but was a very challenging combination.
You might be wondering what the difference is between an Isometric exercise, and a Plyometric exercise. Isometric exercises occur when the muscle is contracted, with no change in the length of the muscle during the exercise. Plyometrics are fast movements that cause quick contractions and lengthening of the muscles involved in the exercise (usually with some type of jumping).
Both forms of exercise are beneficial, and they provide different benefits to your body. This workout helps to build muscular endurance, strength and speed. I found the static poses very challenging, especially Dancer Pose. It is quite different to go into this pose during a yoga flow, than immediately after a plyometric exercise. When I filmed this workout I had to modify the pistol squats, because my legs were completely out of energy by the end of the workout! I knew it would be challenging saving them for last, but I was surprised at the difficulty. Remember, form is number one! Better a modification than completing an exercise with poor form.
It is important to switch up the style of challenge to your body. It helps you continue to progress with your level of fitness, and allows your body to learn to adapt to new things.
Have fun with today’s workout!
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Advanced: Max Reps during each 50 second interval, 10 seconds of rest in between each exercise.
Intermediate: 40 second interval, 15 seconds rest
Beginner: 30 second interval, 15 seconds rest
2. Extended Hold
3. Mountain Climber Cross
4. Warrior 3
5. Jumping Lunge Kick
6. Warrior 3
7. Jump Squat
8. Dancer Pose (right)
9. Dive Bomber
10. Dancer Pose (left)
11. Side Lunge Tap
12. Boat Pose
13. Pistol (right)
14. Down Dog
15. Pistol (left)
Optional: Pair with 30-Minutes Cardio of Choice.