Get set. Erase all thoughts, wind up the springs in your body. Take a deep breath.
You're in that Explosive Mode.
A Baseball slugger, a pre-workout sipper, a slam dunker, a pole vaulter and an adrenaline fiend all have a mindset in common. It's their focused mood that guarantees the quickest burst of power at a precise moment that we are talking about.
The training methods of professional athletes differ greately from the regular fitness exercises recommended in gyms. Quick physical movements can be unsafe and the risk of injury is high for untrained individuals. Unfortunately a lot of explosive exercises are therefore often overlooked. It is well known, but often ignored, that the fast twith muscle fibers are more prone to muscle growth than slow twitch muscle fibers (ref 1). Explosive Mode as a physical exercise philosophy aims to incorporate an element of explosiveness to each training session by including exercises that require quick bursts of speed. Explosive Mode exercises can be found in the typical training regimens of all professional speed and strength based sports. Explosive Mode is an inspirational training guideline for recreational athletes. It simply helps people enjoy the benefits and motivational training methods practiced by professional speed and strength athletes.
Explosive Mode also provides the added benefit of increased agility. Using solely machines for resistance training limits the range of motion and functionality of the body. Isolated weight lifting movements are great for breaking down specific muscles but their restricted involvement of related joints and ligaments usually weakens the performance of the body as an entity. Each gym session tightens up muscles and slowly but surely transforms into robotic gestures and frustration over untied and barely reachable shoelaces.
Adding Explosive Mode to your current training regime can be useful whether your goal is to lose weight, build muscle or improve athletic performance. Or perhaps all three. All sustainable training programmes are built on variety and fun. If jogging feels boring and the gym feels repetitious, why not spice it up with some explosive exercises? Draw inspiration from The Fit Businessman media series and the Olympian interviews on the Explosive Mode website. Flavour your current training regime with Explosive Mode to ensure you also activate your fast twitch muscle fibres.
#TwitterTranslation: For a crossfitter this might mean #TrainingOutsideTheBox, for a jogger it's a chance to #BreakTheOrbit, for a gym rat they turn to Explosive Mode #WhenAGymIsNotEnough and for a banker Explosive Mode can turn them to a #FitBusinessman.
It is difficult to be at your peak every day. General Preparation Phases (GPP), off-season training or whatever you want to call it, aims to build a foundation. Even for Explosive Mode, you need to have enough basic strength and endurance to tolerate the high speed and high impact training. The GPP training may come in the form of repeated bouts rather than continous endurance work. One of the important aspects is to improve the training capacity so that future quality work-outs can last longer.
Periodization provides variation and forces athletes to change their training regime. This is a great motivational tool in the long term, and perhaps more importantly, it helps athletes avoid injuries from too frequently repeated exercises.
Explosive Mode is undoubtedly taxing on the body. This is where sleep, nutrition, active recovery, massage and PNF stretching comes in. Recovering faster between the work-outs means seeing results earlier. Learn more about recovery on the new Outside Edition DVD
1. Paddon-Jones D, Leveritt M, Lonergan A, Abernethy P. Adaptation to chronic eccentric exercise in humans: the influence of contraction velocity.Eur J Appl Physiol. 2001 Sep;85(5):466-71.