Ok, so maybe this is a little more "Lord of the Dance" than plyometrics, but it's still a cool picture. Image courtesy of iStockphoto/Thinkstock.

As I started to get more into competitive sports, I decided I needed a workout routine that would also make me a better player.  I wanted to be more powerful and quicker to make my game more dynamic.

The answer was plyometrics.  I’m sure you’ve seen those people at the gym jumping around like little kids playing hopscotch.  Or throwing a medicine ball at a wall.  It made me rethink the lifting and cardio that I’ve been doing for the past 5 years.  So I gave it a shot.  Many of the exercises involve some form of jumping, or bounding.  The idea is to load the muscles, then contract them quickly to emulate the actual movements in sports.  The workout kicked my ass.  It was different, and fun, and the idea that it can be tailored, and sport specific was very appealing.  If you want a better golf swing, jump shot, or tennis serve, plyos can take you there.  If you throw it in your workout mix a couple of times a week, it can also help you shed fat and get shredded.

If you live in Southern California, there are a few places that specialize in plyometrics and fast twitch training.  There is VERT in Santa Monica, and OC Fast Twitch in Fountain Valley.  Another option that incorporates the same methodology is P90X.

Get out there and give it a shot.  Along with making you a better athlete, the new muscles will impress those hot girls in bikinis.


Richard has been in the Essential Style for Men mix since its inception in 2009.

When he isn’t busy serving as the ESM’s Director of Fashion & Style, you may find him on the beach playing volleyball, or working hard in Thailand shooting with a beautiful Brazilian supermodel.