The 12 Best Exercises to Increase Explosive Strength

Explosive Pushup
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Jump higher, run faster, and get stronger with this 12-move, four-week training plan.


These 12 exercises are divided into two workouts, 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.

Workout A

1A. Squat Jump – 3 reps

1B. Bodyweight Squat – 12 reps

1C. Towel Supine Bodysaw – 12 reps

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

2A. Box Jump – 3 reps

2B. Single-leg Bodyweight Romanian Deadlift -12 reps per leg

2C. Box Single-leg Lateral Crossover Step – 12 reps per leg

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

Workout B

1A. Explosive Pushup – 3 reps

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

1B. Pullup – 12 reps

1C. Box Inverted Shoulder Press – 12 reps

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

2A. Close-grip Pushup – 12 reps

2B. Box Dip – 12 reps

Stand between two waist-high boxes. Place your clenched fists, knuckles-down, on top of the boxes. 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. Repeat for the recommended reps.

2C. Rope Inverted Lat Row – 12 reps

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