hoppy tuesday.

by Janetha on June 25, 2013

in how to,moves

hey, guys! long time no blog. hope you had a great weekend and a nice start to your week! i’ve been battling quickbooks issues at work. it’s mentally draining, to say the least. i let out my frustrations at the gym this evening. it was SUUUCH a fun workout!

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i didn’t really know the difference between plyo box jumps and regular box jumps until my training session yesterday. most of us already know what a standard box jump is–you jump from the ground onto a box, fully extending at the top of the box, and then jump off (or, if it’s real high, you can step down.)

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but do you know what a plyo box jump is? for a plyometric box jump, you begin at the top of the box. you jump down to the floor and then use that spring in your step as momentum to bounce yourself back up, pausing at the top of the box each time. that spring is called the “pre-stretch response” i helped film a video where my trainer, neil, explains this movement thoroughly.

the point of incorporating plyo box jumps into your routine is to gain more power, which leads to the ability to be a better athlete all around–you’ll run faster, jump higher, and have that extra spring in your step!

although i only recently learned plyo box jumps, i have actually been a huge fan of plyometrics in general for a long time! i did a LOT of them when i did the insanity 60 day challenge back in 2011. if you are looking for some plyo ideas or for a fun plyo warmup routine, you can check out my old post & video here.

for today’s workout, i started with the five sets of plyo box jumps and then supersetted the other two moves: weighted sit-ups as heavy as possible and box jumps as high as possible.

i started with the weighted sit-ups and they were actually really challenging! i broke a serious sweat from holding the barbell above me for all twenty reps. here is a demo video explaining how to figure out how heavy your “as heavy as possible” is.

the real fun of the workout was in the as high as possible box jumps. i do box jumps all the time, but had never challenged myself to see how high i could go! i started out at 23″ and added a little more height with each round. by the last round i was up to 31″ for twenty reps. it surprised me!

after the last round, i wanted to give 5 plates a try (35″ total)… the first couple (caught on tape) were a little sloppy.. but i did manage to do three solid ones after the video. considering i am only 61″ tall, i was pretty proud of those high hops!

those high box jumps really are just a mental battle for me. facing a super high stack trips me out and i second guess my ability. i hope we do these again soon so i can challenge myself again. so much fun!

after the workout i had my favorite ready-to-drink protein shake, a strawberry banana core power. the best.

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marshall and i visited his brother’s house for a bit and had the pleasure of meeting their new puppy, zoe! eeeeeep!

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this little firecracker makes me want a new pup so bad.

i think P & R would be a little jealous of a new puppy, though. they were sniffing us like crazy when we got home–they smelled zoe right away!

in other news, we finally got a couch for our spare bedroom.

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marshall has been working hard on painting the room (in packers colors, naturally) and he’s slowly turning it into his video game room / movie room. the couch is super sweet because it’s a chaise love seat and the chaise lifts up with a storage compartment. the love seat part pulls out to make a bed–or just to throw your feet up! (as shown in the photo.) the pups claimed it right away, of COURSE.

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we got it at costco on saturday and it was super cheap. just a little tip for those in the market!

we made tacos and are eating them, i’m blogging, and we are watching one of our all-time favorite series…

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loooove twin peaks! an oldie but a goodie.

whelp, that’s all for tonight. check ya later alligators!

Qs~

1. do you do plyometrics? what are some of your favorite plyo moves?

2. fill in the blank: the best oldie but goodie TV show is ____________.

xo. janetha g.

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Erica June 25, 2013 at 11:13 pm

YES!!! There is an entire plyo track in Attack! I love plyo lunges. That puppy- melts my heart. Favorite oldie but goodie TV show? Full House

Jan @ Sprouts n Squats June 26, 2013 at 12:46 am

Those box jumps with plyometric are a whole extra level!

That couch with the extra bit for your feet looks so damn comfy!!

I loved Seinfeld for old school. I’d never watched it till this year but loved Veronica Mars!

linds June 26, 2013 at 5:48 am

WHOA to those jumps! you’re a frog.

Presley @ Run Pretty June 26, 2013 at 7:22 am

omg. you make me feel like such a wuss. i would be in tears looking at that stack of weights.

side note: i kept thinking how cute your ponytail was during your sit ups. hahah i was so focused on the important parts of the video, huh?

betty June 26, 2013 at 7:40 am

those box jumps, holy cow! i really love that workout outfit! those pants are bangin’!

LG June 26, 2013 at 8:29 am

Wow – amazing about the box jumps! Nice work!!!

An oldie but goodie show is M*A*S*H*. Or the Mary Tyler Moore show! Would love to see an episode of Fraggle Rock too. :0)

Corrie Anne June 26, 2013 at 8:42 am

Those are some high box jumps!!! Nice. I haven’t braved quite that high yet. And I love those pink pants!! I don’t really know old tv shows that well since I grew up without a tv in the house. And now I can never get into them if I see them on.

Mandie June 26, 2013 at 8:49 am

I love twin peaks! The log lady is actually a good friend of mine in real life. She’s the best.

Sami June 26, 2013 at 8:56 am

i feel old saying this, but those stinking box jumps always hurt my knees!

Sara June 26, 2013 at 9:21 am

Major WOW to those box jumps! Awesome! I always face such a mental hurdle in doing them and more often than not, spaz out. Ah.

Bonnie June 26, 2013 at 9:59 am

LOVE plyo workouts and have actually never tried to go as high as possible – sloppy or not you ROCKED those high box jumps! Seriously! Well done. Also can’t wait to try those weighted sit ups – never thought of that with a barbell and your form is right on in those videos. Crushin it, J!

Kelly June 26, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Plyo box jumps are also an excellent way to destroy your Achilles. I do box jumps but ALWAYS step down.

cathy June 26, 2013 at 1:18 pm

how do you do the swiss ball moves? I tried googling them and didn’t find anything.

Janetha June 26, 2013 at 2:19 pm
cathy June 27, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Holy balance batman! Good job!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Emily E. June 26, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Hey Janetha! I love that couch. We’re in the market for something similar- do you have the product name or website link on hand? I’m a costco member but haven’t been able to find it online! Thanks!

Janetha June 26, 2013 at 2:20 pm

The brand is Pulaski and the style is the Newton Chaise Sofa :)

Emily E. June 26, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Thanks for the response :)

Jennyb June 26, 2013 at 1:42 pm

i tried box jumps for the first time with my personal trainer & i really wanted to see how much higher i could go :) but for the first time i think just getting the hang of them was a good idea.

ali moll June 26, 2013 at 1:53 pm

You rocked those jumps Janetha! Not gonna lie….they scare me!

Love the new couch too! Oh, and the cute pup! :)

Have a fab day!

Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome June 26, 2013 at 1:56 pm

I almost did this workout today but since I took a spin class didn’t want to overdue it. I did however do those weighted sit-ups after watching your video last night on GPP and they were tough! I used 40 which might have been too heavy as I don’t think my arms were exactly parallel with my head. You totally killed the tire jumps! Awesome!

Susie June 26, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Whoa dude, I knew there were different ways of doing box jumps but never knew they were proper exercises with proper names! I’m bored right now and trying to convince myself to go on the elliptical. Think I’ll go give this a try instead ;) Also AWESOME work on the super duper high jump! High box jumps don’t bother me in the slightest, I find it weird that its freaks so many people out! And I’m not a usually fearless or adventurous person either. As you probably know ;)

Love ya! xo

Victoria @ Reluctantly Skinny June 26, 2013 at 4:08 pm

I love plyo, too – been doing them since the p90x videos – and I didn’t know the difference either. Thanks for posting!

candice s June 26, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Good times on Tuesday night. I’m sad I missed you jumping the stack of 5. I would love to have seen it.

BroccoliHut June 26, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Zoe is SOO cute!! I definitely am wanting to get another puppy. Margot needs a sibling, right? Right.

Janetha June 26, 2013 at 10:46 pm

absolutely!

Leah June 26, 2013 at 8:55 pm

The videos were fun! Did you pick a winner for your last giveaway? Or did I miss it?

Janetha June 26, 2013 at 10:46 pm

I did! I emailed her earlier today. I didn’t announce it here.. I will tonight!

Lindsay June 26, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Random Q but have you tried the chocolate core power shake? I notice you have them quite a bit and I need the protein so I bought the strawberry one.. Saw they had chocolate as well. Have you tried that one? Hate to spend $3 if it’s not worth it. Thanks :)

Janetha June 26, 2013 at 10:45 pm

I have.. I don’t love the chocolate. My husband really does, but it’s not my favorite!

Lindsay June 27, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Thanks!

Annette@FitnessPerks June 26, 2013 at 9:36 pm

I love plyo work too!! Sweet jumps.

p.s. I LOVE the core power after trying it from Blend./ YummO

'becca June 26, 2013 at 9:41 pm

My calves will never be the same! ;)

Janetha June 27, 2013 at 11:16 am

OMG MY CALVES

sherice@foodieluvsfitness June 26, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Saving Grace.. awesome show!!

Hayley June 27, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Hi!
Thanks for the post “happy Tuesday” . I found it very helpful and expect other will find it useful too.

Cheers,
Hayley

'becca June 27, 2013 at 10:31 pm

During the 200 sprints today they were still screaming! Hoping by tomorrow they will be back to normal GPP sore. :) happy Thursday.

Charlene June 30, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Great post and pictures. I like Core Power too! It ‘s one of my favorite protein shakes.

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