There are a few areas most athletes want to level up: power, strength, endurance and speed. Plyometric training, also known as jump training, improves them all. With high-impact aerobic exercises, plyometric training works your muscles in short bursts, rather than using gradual build-up.
Plyometric training starts with muscle-lengthening exercises, followed by muscle-shortening exercises. Whether you plump for running or jumping, bring these exercises into your routine and you’ll start to feel drastic changes in your performance and power.
Plyometric exercise is not a “quick result” exercise regime for beginners. It can cause damage to muscles and stress to bones, joints and tendons – so it’s aimed at those more experienced. And it aims to improve functional fitness over time…
This is an ideal move to push your functional fitness levels. Aim to reach heights you’ve never hit before each session – having progress goals will prevent that pesky plateau with training.
Tip: Learn more about the squat jump here.
Last but not least, the ultimate in explosive exercises – burpees. With their powerful bursts of energy, burpees are the personification of plyometrics. Here’s how to do them:
The sets and reps of these plyometric exercises have deliberately been left out. It’s important to gradually build up your own body tolerance and resilience, increasing each exercise’s effort and length at your own pace to avoid muscle-tendon and joint damage.
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