Plyometric or plyo training has been around for decades - yet we are just starting to see it become more and more popular in everyday regimes at the gym and outdoor training. It is very popular among athletes and runners due to it's ability to increase performance.
You probably incorporate plyometrics into your sessions already without even knowing it.
So here's a run down on what exactly is plyometric training, it's benefits and some example exercises!
What is it?
Plyometrics are typically exercises that involve powerful, quick and explosive movements which are designed to increase your speed and power. These differ from typical resistance training which needs to be performed much slower in order to increase strength and mass of muscle. Basically, plyometric training involves a lot of jumping and high energy movements.
Due to the intense nature of plyometric training, it is recommended for beginners to start with less powerful movements, or build strength with regular resistance training first.
Example Plyometric Exercises:
Push ups with a clap
High speed skipping
What are the benefits?
1. Plyometrics is high intensity, and fast! So you get more bang for your buck in a short amount of time.
2. These type of exercises also target more than one muscle group - so you're working more of your body!
3. You don't need a lot of equipment.
4. High intensity training is known to increase metabolism and burn calories at a higher rate than steady training.
5. Function improvement of muscles, tendons and nerves, to improve your strength and endurance. This type of movement will allow you to run faster, jump higher and punch harder by raising the force and speed of your muscle contractions.