Plyometric training – it might sound complicated, but it translates to ‘more length’. This makes sense when you hear its other name, ‘jump training’ – this workout involves jumping or hopping as far and as quickly as possible.
How does plyometric training work?
The key to plyometric training is stretch and contraction. Your ability to move your muscles quickly from one state to the other is known as ‘explosive power’ – and it’s what makes an Olympic sprinter able to get off to a fast start. Plyometric exercises, including jump squats, skipping rope, or clapping push-ups, can give your muscles more of this explosive power.
What are the benefits of plyometric training?
Plyometric workouts don’t just improve strength; they can also improve your coordination and agility, which is great for players of sports like football, basketball or tennis. They’re also great for people rehabbing from an injury who want to build their strength back up. And it’s a workout that’s easy to do from your home – we’d just recommend an exercise mat so you have somewhere soft to land!
Is plyometric training hard?
Though the concept of jump training sounds easy, it’s definitely not for beginners. Because the moves involved are so explosive, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got good general fitness before attempting it. It’s also not for you if you’re looking to improve other areas, like your core strength. But if you want an alternative to traditional strength training, or are just looking to mix up your sessions or find new ways to stay motivated, then plyometric training could be what you need.