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Why Plyometrics Workouts Are Important

By JESS BARRON 

Watch this one-minute motivation video message from celebrity trainer Nicky Holender about the importance of plyometrics (a.k.a. plyo) workouts such as his 32-minute IGNITION workout.

Plyometric exercise enhances your power and performance. Plyometrics is defined as activities that enable a muscle to reach maximal force in the shortest amount of time, according to the National Strength and Conditional Association.

Join our STRONGER Challenge Facebook Group to get daily tips, encouragement and motivation!

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Nicky Holender is an incredible motivator. He’s a former pro soccer player who trains CEOs, moms, and pro athletes as well as celebrities -- including Gerard Butler, Robbie Williams and Mel B.

How to Sign Up for STRONGER and the FREE Meal Plan: 

1. Are you already a registered LIVESTRONG.COM Calorie Tracker/MyPlate user? If not, go here to sign up for STRONGER. Once you're signed up, log in to MyPlate and click on the "Workouts" tab to access each day's workout, and click on the "Track" tab to view the meal plan for breakfast, lunch and dinner and to track what you actually ate.

TIP: To view the full recipes, click on the hyperlinked food name, such as Zucchini Veggie Burger.

2. If you're already a registered user, log in to MyPlate from your desktop computer or laptop (not mobile device). Then click on the "Workouts" tab. On the right-hand side of the page, you should see a box that says "Join STRONGER Now." Select the start date of next Monday (or whenever you want to start), and then check the boxes to receive the meal plan and the daily STRONGER emails. Then click the "Join STRONGER" button.

Click on the "Workouts" tab to access each day's workout and the "Track" tab to view the meal plan for breakfast, lunch and dinner and to track what you actually ate.

When you click on the "Track" tab, the meal plan will look like this:

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To view the full recipes, click on the food name, such as Zucchini Veggie Burger.

Join our STRONGER Challenge Facebook Group to get daily tips, encouragement and motivation.

Readers – Are you joining us in the 8-week STRONGER Challenge? What do you think of the STRONGER workouts and the meal plan? Are you having any trouble accessing and using them? Have you ever done a fitness challenge group before? How did it go for you? Have you joined our STRONGER Challenge Group on Facebook? Leave a comment below and let us know.

–Jess

Jess Barron is Editor-in-Chief of LIVESTRONG.COM. Read some of her other health and fitness articles here. A longtime foodie and fan of Farmer's Market food, Jess particularly loves heirloom tomatoes, fresh figs with burrata cheese, and anything with pumpkin or peanut butter in it! Her love for food fuels her desire to exercise daily. In the summer of 2012 Jess lost 20 pounds in a test group for a new fitness program. Some of her favorite workout routines include walking, running, yoga, P90X, INSANITY, and mixed martial arts. Jess's writing can also be found at Poprocks.com. She has appeared on MSNBC's "The Most," ABC News Now, and XM satellite radio and her writing has appeared on Wired.com and Yahoo!

Follow Jess on Twitter @jessdandy. Also, you can add her on Google+ and follow her on Pinterest.

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