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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2004 11:09 pm    Post subject: Leg training Reply with quote

I would say plyometrics training is the method you should use to build powerful legs.
Running / jogging too.

But can anyone else propose other methods?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2004 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd have said running also. I've nothing to back this up but I also wonder whether football (ie soccer) is good for building leg muscle. The reason I mention this is because footballers often spend time putting all their weight on one leg - rather than both - when kicking a ball, for instance.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2004 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeap football for sure.
Rugby too. I know you need to be able to sprint away when being haunted and after time in playing the game I have found my legs have become much stronger and powerful.

but weight training must be one of the best leg training method's. Surely.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2004 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

plyo is good, but ive had best results from a combination of weight training and plyo. Olympic lifts are good for developing overall strength and explosiveness, I'll try and elaborate more later on, I havn't got much time.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2004 5:10 pm    Post subject: leg press Reply with quote

Yeap! The Leg Press and squatting are great.
But I do not find them as affective as plyometrics for my sport rugby.
But I still use these weight training methods.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2004 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's some very simple leg strengthening exercises...



Is this what you'd term "plyometrics"...?

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2004 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one Aaron, they are great pictures of exercises you can do for Plyometrics!

Yes these exercises are plyometrics!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2004 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Plyometrics is a very advanced form of training and as such when it was first developed in eastern block countries you had to pass the following criteria in order to begin plyometric training.

Minimum of 4-5 years weights training experience.
Minimum 1.5x body weight in the traditional squat exercise
At least 18 years of age so that growth plates had fused.

For overall strength and muscular development nothing beats the simple exercises such as squat, dead lift, stiffed dead lift, single leg squat, high box step-up

Muscle growth and power are two different training goals. With different reps, sets and tempos used to achieve the desired goal. But everything must be in progression. First conditioning phase > hypertrophy phase > power phase then back to the beginning, you usually spend around 4 weeks in each phase.

Using this format you are allowing your muscle and connective tissues to gain strength and resiliance, therefore they will accept further and greater stimulation from increased loading and altered tempos.

Is is worth bearing in mind that plyometrics is to be used only on advanced athletes and then only 1 - 2 per week. Otherwise the ratio between progress:injury are greatly unbalanced.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2004 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are more likely to get injured in weight lifting than plyometrics! I don't understand how these exercises can be such an advance activity! (And trust me i can participate in plyometrics training without injury and with great results) I can't understand how this exercise is so advance.

Plyometrics are taught to young athletes; itís even on the GCSE exam board.
You have confused me.
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PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2004 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only way you will get injured more frequently lifting weights is if you don't do it correctly. Either the form, temp,rest or even the program you are on. Remember weight training is about progression. If you go to the gym and pick the biggest weight and try and lift before the body is able to comply - what happens you get injured!

Here is an article on plyometrics
http://sportsmedicine.about.com/cs/conditioning/a/aa062701a.htm

Unfortunately I don't have time to go indepth with this today, but I shall tomorrow.
Oh Last thing, GCSE PE, is hardly using up to date training methods, I'm sure like many other state run training programs they are still incorporating incorrect training practices and contraindications - this is where a large portion of my income comes from - re-training trainers, graduates etc.
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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2004 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am sure if Plyometrics was so dangerous it would not be used for GCSE P.E.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 4:54 pm    Post subject: Leg Training Reply with quote

Is well known that plyometrics training is a very effective way to gain strength without pumping-up muscle. It is an important part of the jumper's training (high and pole v.) in athletics because you gain strenght without gaining too much volume.

I see there are some exercices for the legs posted ut there. Personally I use a web www.gymarchive.com It has a DB with exercices.

Hope it helps
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Plyometrics increases muscle elasticity too. So speed will be increased.

Site looks brill. But it costs after the first month. People donít need to pay to find pictures of plyometrics. Just type "Plyomtrics" into Google and you will get loads of free sites.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2005 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fair enough about the pictures, but it has also the exercise in video, and it has around 500 of them (leg exercices) classified by muscular group, etc. I doubt you can find that in Google...

This is a good leg training with some plyometric exercices:

http://www.gymarchive.com/public/show_training.php?training=120&language=en
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2005 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one! Its looks really good and I say go for it if you if you have the cash. SIGN UP!
But I'll just settle with 'FREE' Internet sites, books, and Coaches, what would we do with out them!
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