The 12 Best Explosive Workouts to Increase Muscle Strength

12 Best Explosive Workouts to Increase Muscle Strength
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Directions

These 12 explosive workouts are divided into two exercises, A and B. Perform workout A on Mondays/Thursdays and workout B on Tuesdays/Fridays. Perform exercises 1A, 1B, 1C, and then rest 20 seconds. That is one set. Do three total sets. Repeat for 2A, 2B, 2C. Jump higher, run faster, and get stronger with this 12-move, four-week training plan.

 

Workout A

1A. Squat Jump

Repetitions:  3

 

1B. Bodyweight Squat

Repetitions: 12

 

1C. Towel Supine Bodysaw

How to do it:

  1. Place your upper back on a towel.
  2. Lie faceup on the floor with your knees slightly bent.
  3. Push your hips upward.
  4. Without pausing, pull your upper back toward your heels.
  5. Pause, and then reverse the motion by pushing your heels into the floor and straightening your knees.

Repetitions: 12

 

2A. Box Jump

Repetitions: 3

 

2B. Single-leg Bodyweight Romanian Deadlift

Repetitions: 12 per leg

 

2C. Box Single-leg Lateral Crossover Step

How to do it:

  1. Stand with your right side next to a box.
  2. Place your left foot on the box.
  3. Press your left foot into the box, and push off until both legs are straight.
  4. Reverse the motion and return to the start.
  5. Do the recommended reps on your left leg before moving to the other side.

Repetitions: 12 per leg

 

 

Workout B

1A. Explosive Pushup

How to do it:

  1. Get on all fours.
  2. Place your hands on the floor, in shoulder-width position.
  3. Maintain a straight line through your ankles, knees, hips, and shoulders.
  4. Bend your elbows, and lower your body.
  5. Push yourself up so forcefully that your hands leave the floor. Repeat.

Repetitions: 3

 

1B. Pullup

Repetitions: 12

 

1C. Box Inverted Shoulder Press

How to do it:

  1. Get in pushup position, with your feet elevated on a box.
  2. Push your hips up so that your trunk is almost perpendicular to the floor.
  3. Lower your body until your head almost touches the floor.
  4. Return to the start position, and repeat.

Repetitions: 12

 

2A. Close-grip Pushup

Repetitions: 12

 

2B. Box Dip

How to do it:

  1. Stand between two waist-high boxes.
  2. Place your clenched fists, knuckles-down, on top of the boxes.
  3. Lift yourself so your arms are completely straight. Bend your knees, and slowly lower yourself by flexing your elbows until your upper arms are parallel to the floor.
  4. Repeat for the recommended reps.

Repetitions: 12

 

2C. Rope Inverted Lat Row

Repetitions: 12

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