Jennifer Garner Is Doing Plyometric Workouts for Her 50th Birthday

Garner's trainer breaks down the benefits of plyometrics and how to incorporate the style of training into your workout routine.

Renowned actress, Jennifer Garner, is gearing up for her milestone 50th birthday on the 17th of April in splendid style. She has been keeping her Instagram followers engaged with a novel series dubbed "50 before 50." Commencing 50 days prior to her special day, each day Garner shares a snapshot or video clip showcasing her favourite activities or things she's profoundly thankful for. Charitable deeds and culinary exploits frequently feature in her posts.

The most remarkable aspect of this entire endeavor, besides maintaining daily updates (Garner confessed on day 19 that it's quite demanding), are the workout videos she shares. On the 46th day leading up to her 50th birthday, Garner posted a video of an intense workout session with famed trainer Beth Nicely, where they were seen doing a tough-looking exercise.

The video showcases Garner and Nicely performing a box agility drill involving quick one-footed and two-footed box jumps. A video from the 40th day of the countdown demonstrates Garner leaping over progressively taller boxes, climaxing with a 24-inch tall box. Additionally, on the 33rd day, Garner can be seen jumping onto an 18-inch high box while holding a dumbbell. This particular video was captioned poignantly as "Something I believe: Use it or lose it."

A quick scroll through Garner's Instagram shows that she prioritizes health and fitness in her life, and there's no denying that the intensity of her workouts is majorly impressive. "Jen is in such great shape that I love creating ways to challenge her heart rate," Nicely tells Shape. "Jen is very busy, and the circuits we do on the box are both challenging and efficient, ensuring she maximizes her time and effort."

What Is Plyometrics Training and What Are Its Benefits?

Garner's workout regimen follows a method known as plyometrics training or jump training, verifies Nicely. Plyometrics encapsulates swift, dynamic movements aimed at enhancing agility. "We integrate plyo boxes and Pilates boxes for plyometrics at The Limit, because they offer our clients the opportunity to simultaneously foster strength, coordination, and cardiovascular endurance," Nicely elucidates.

The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) enumerates further advantages of plyometrics such as amplified strength, augmented running pace, agility, enhanced jump altitude, and injury mitigation. "Many individuals are apprehensive about the impact on their joints and perceive jumping as a risky activity as they grow older," remarks Nicely.

"As an NASM-certified trainer and corrective exercise specialist, I want to assure that jumping is vital for bone health. Bones require stress through impact for density build-up, which in turn diminishes the likelihood of bone fracture or osteoporosis development."

How to Incorporate Plyometrics Into Your Routine

Starting with basic plyometric exercises and gradually increasing intensity is crucial for safety, according to Nicely. She mentions that every body type can adapt to any given exercise, regardless of age, but it's essential to ease into the process. Ms. Garner, for example, has reached an advanced level of plyometrics, but she commenced her training from basic steps. For beginners who aspire to follow Garner's workout regime, Nicely suggests starting by stepping up and down on a Pilates box in a forward and backward motion. The focus should always be on having straight toes with knees landing above the second and third toes. Once you're comfortable with this, you can progress to jumping on the box and stepping down. Eventually, you can advance to jumping on and off the box. With each increase in box height, it's advised to return to the initial step-up, step-down movement before trying jumps. Functional training movements are also incorporated alongside box work at The Limit, reducing the risk of injuries, building strength on a proper foundation, and ensuring long-term physical health and wellness. Consistency and regularity in incorporating plyometrics into your workout is key to reaping its benefits. Depending on your fitness level and consistency, the frequency of training with plyometrics and cardio circuits on boxes may vary. However, Nicely recommends some form of jump exercise daily as it exposes your bones to positive, density-building stress. If you're new to box workouts, start with 10 minutes three times a week. Then, once you feel comfortable, add another day and continue building as your body adjusts. When it comes to Garner's plyometric routine, Nicely says they incorporate box circuits into about one-third of her 60-minute workouts, six days a week due to her being at an advanced level. Before trying out Garner's exercises or any new workout routine, Nicely advises consulting with your doctor first. In the meantime, you can follow Garner's countdown to her 50th birthday on Instagram for more workout inspiration.

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