What are Plyometrics?
Plyometrics is one of the best ways to improve power. Power is similar to strength except you are adding a time factor. Therefore the relation of strength and speed is what we are talking about when we talk about power. Read more about plyometrics.
- Any type of bounding exercises are usually referred to as plyometrics
- Some equipment you'll need is a bench, skipping rope and a chair
- Most plyometrics are referred to as calisthenics
- Plyometrics are an awesome way vary a workout and break through a plateau
- If you are training for a sport you MUST complete these every other day
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A sample workout can be found here
Increasing your vertical and plyometrics go hand in hand. To jump higher you need to focus on all the elements in your jumping. You can focus on strengthening your quadriceps, hamstrings, gastrocnemius, anterior deltoids (for the arm swing) and biceps. These muscles should be lengthened through stretches and strengthened through periodization and through exercises like one legged box jumps, deep knee squats and sissy squats.
Definitely, plyometrics are a necessity for any athlete.
We prefer the jump squat with alternating to jump split lunges. These two exercises will challenge your legs and nervous system to help you increase your sporting prowess.