Plyometrics Overview

There are a lot of misconceptions about plyometrics out there. Some people say they are dangerous—some people say they are a fantastic way to train.

There are people who swear by them and tout their ability to make athletes faster and stronger and more explosive. Then there are the detractors of plyometrics who say they open a trainee up to unnecessary injury.

With so many arguments, where do we start? Let’s being figuring out what plyometrics are.

What Is Plyometric Training?

Plyometrics have been incorrectly called “jump training” by several trainers. While jumping can certainly be a part of your plyometric training program, this is an incomplete definition.

Plain and simple—plyos are exercises designed to make the trainee move faster. It is designed to produce fast and powerful muscle contractions. The results can be a whole lot more than simply jumping higher.

Here is a brief run down of some of the benefits of plyometric training:

  • Punching/Kicking faster and harder
  • Throwing farther
  • Running faster (sprinting)
  • Increased agility

Plyometrics are performed quickly, with a light load (which makes them a perfect addition to your bodyweight training program), and they emphasize the concentric portion of any given movement.

In laymen’s terms, this is the pushing phase of an exercise. The lowering phase is de-emphasized as much as possible.

Who Will Benefit From Plyometric Training?

Anyone who is involved in anything athletic will benefit from plyos. Even if all you do is play a game of pick up basketball every week, plyometrics will help you out jump and out run your buddies.

Aspiring athletes at the high school and college level are constantly performing these types of movements, and see benefits from them.

However, since they are a bit more high impact than other types of training, it is important to consult your doctor prior to adding plyometric movements to your fitness routine. Make sure the joints are ok—there is no sense in causing injury while chasing great health.

Important Note: Since they are higher impact, it is not recommended that you perform plyometrics on consecutive days. Even though you may not feel sore, your muscle tissue, joints, and tendons will be recovering from the workout the next day. Don’t blast them with even more, or you could get hurt.

Plyometric training definitely has benefits to anyone looking to be faster and more explosive. Just be sure to ease into it, and take it slow at first. Let your body get used to it, and you will be surprised at the results you start to notice!

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