Posted On:1/14/2011 4:33pm
So I've been doing the trainforstrength workout for about a month now and its starting to become easier. The hardest part for me is the pyramiding pushups up to 12 and then back down. In a week or two I think I will need to step up the level as I don't think I will be gaining much from that program anymore.
My aim is to improve speed and explosiveness without going to the gym (I don't really have the time or money for a gym at the moment). I've read a bit about plyometrics being good for these kind of aims and was hoping someone could point me in the direction of some good reading on the subject or to any good routines out there.
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Posted On:1/15/2011 1:11am
Style: Judo, Jujitsu
To keep a very complex topic very brief:
Your potential ability to create power comes from strength. Plyometrics help you tap into that potential and increase your power output. You should use plyometrics intelligently in your workout program, but don't make them the only thing you do to develop power. And don't do them every day.
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Posted On:1/15/2011 1:14am
As for books, check out Functional Training For Sports by Mike Boyle.
Posted On:1/15/2011 3:18am
Style: Judo, occasional boxing
You might also want to check out ross enamait:
I have his book, never gymless which i found pretty useful/informative concerning strength training with minimum equipment.
Posted On:1/16/2011 8:51am
ross who is this guy?
Posted On:1/16/2011 1:12pm
I would also reccommend Ross Enamait's 'infinite intensity' for plyometrics and other methods of increasing explosive power.
All of his material can be purchased through his website http://www.Rossboxing.com
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Posted On:1/16/2011 1:22pm
Thanks for the replies. I'll go with "functional training for sports" for now, simply because I can get that in the UK without ordering internationally but feel free to post any more recommendations regarding routines/reading!
Posted On:1/17/2011 1:42pm
Style: Pekiti, ARMA, other stuff
Joel Jamieson has a better science background than almost anyone on that list, and has direct experience with elite MMA athletes. The entire DVD is sport-specific to combat sports and discusses programming as well as which movements to train and when. I love Ross' books, but the MMA conditioning book Joel sells at 8weeksout.com blows it out of the water, particularly with explanations of periodization.
Also, Boyle changes his schtick every year for marketing purposes.
Posted On:1/17/2011 3:47pm
I read the intro sample for boyles book and it seemed like it would be quite heavy reading.
At the moment im reading Pavels "Naked Warrior" and im of mixed opinions (the use of phrases like "muscle superconductors" and "nerve force" seem a bit amateur and tacky especially when there is an actual physiological reason for whats happening, i.e motor recruitment and rate recruitment.
Posted On:1/17/2011 7:26pm
General rule- Plyos are kind of pointless until you hit a baseline of max strength (about 2x bw squat)
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