Day 2 – Vertical Plyo
All day long I was thinking it was “Strength Day” in the Asylum workout rotation and then I pulled the DVD out of the case, I realized it was “Vertical Plyo” Day instead…bummer! If you haven’t figured it out yet, I really don’t like Plyometrics, not because it isn’t good – it’s great for you, but it just hurts, and it hurts bad.
I was tempted to just go ahead and do “Strength” today anyway, but no…I am going to follow the program just as it was intended for the 30 days, if I can.
If I had to quickly explain the “Vertical Plyo” workout to someone I would say this, “Imagine jumping up and down in every possible way imaginable for an hour with about 45 seconds of total rest.” I am not kidding. Once again, if you are not in above average shape, stay away from this workout!
The “warmup” is composed of MANY jump rope variations and squat jumps in the agility ladder and was once again, very hard. I hit my max HR pretty quickly. Something “insane” about this entire workout is that “jumping rope” is actually used as recovery throughout the workout! You seem to look forward to going and getting the rope!!!
Vertical Plyo introduces some new moves and some variations of stuff from the first two workouts. The resistance bands wrapped around the ankles and wrist while doing plyo push-ups (airborne variety) while spreading arms and legs in the agility ladder brought muscle fatigue within only a few reps…I’ve really never done anything like that before…WOW!
Most likely, you have heard of power squats/jumps…try doing them with one leg in the agility ladder for one minute straight and then switching legs. Shaun T. will punish you for touching the ladder while doing these with 20 push-ups a pop (which are a lot easier than the actual move, so it was almost like a break) so you got to be totally zoned in here.
On the plus side, I already see improvements with my “jump rope” ability and skill and I’m really starting to get an understanding for what Shaun T. expects us to bring to the table every time we push play….everything!
Jared’s Vertical Plyo Difficulty Rating: 9 out of 10
Go Back To: Day 1 – My Asylum – Speed and Agility
Go to: Day 3 – My Asylum – Strength