As the demands for the Spartan Race Super increase, so will your body’s needs for plyometrics. Power training teaches your body to adequately transition from explosion to absorption through something called the “Stretch-Shortening Cycle”. This is one of the primary characteristics of muscles that allows your body switch between the various demands of racing. Also, improper stretch-shortening training is an aspect of muscle cramping. To put it into perspective, the more plyometrics you train, the less likely you are to exhibit cramping.
Starting today, we will increase our lower body plyometrics to meet our newest demands.
This workout should be performed in a circuit. Perform one set of each exercise before beginning your second, third, and fourth set. For more of a challenge, try adding a weighted vest to this workout
Jumping Pull Ups – 4×8 (8-9 RPE)
Bounders – 4×8 (8-9 RPE)
- Start standing on a box or a platform. Jump off of the platform with both feet, landing on your toes and absorbing through the knees in a controlled manner. Once you have absorbed the weight, immediately jump back into the air for a vertical jump.
Plyometric Push Ups – 4×8 (8-9 RPE)
Plyometric Step Ups – 4×8 (8-9 RPE)
Goblet Carry – 4×100 yards (8-9 RPE)
- Holding a pancake or a weight similar to your goblet squat, walk 100 yards. During the carry, pay attention that you do not sink your hips forward, putting pressure on your lower back. Imagine you are drawing your belt buckle up towards your navel throughout the entire walk.
Squat Jumps – 4×8 (8-9 RPE)
Burpees – 4×8 (8-9 RPE)
Today, you will want to release your:
- Lats (under your shoulder blades)
- Pecs (below the front of your shoulder socket)
- Calfs (lower leg)
- Hamstrings (back of upper leg)
A more advanced Spartan may also require a hip flexor releases just above your front hip bone.