Have you heard of plyometrics training before? Or maybe you've heard the term, "Plyo" short for plyometrics. This is a type of exercise that trains muscles to produce strength and speed. Plyometric exercises involve a stretch of the muscles, immediately followed by a contraction of the same muscles. Which is why it's sometimes referred to as jump training.
Plyometrics training is often used while training athletes as it's a great way to increase agility and quickness. Increased agility is extremely beneficial for athletes but can be great for the general population as well. Along with increased agility and quickness, there are some other benefits to plyometric training. It's biggest benefit is increased strength and muscle building. Weight loss is also a benefit to plyometric training as it uses a great deal of energy and tends to incorporate your full body. Combining strength and cardio at a higher intensity can result in a higher calorie burn too!
Plyometrics training can be incorporated into your strength training to produce a more complete routine. By pairing and explosive plyometric movement with a traditional strength exercise, will improve your explosive power and burn more calories.
Intersted in incorporating plyometrics into your workout routine? Here's a fun workout to try!
Strength and Plyo Workout
Start with a 5-10 minute warm up that includes some mobility and dynamic stretching.
12 Sumo Squat High Pulls
12 Reverse Lunge Bicep Curl
45 seconds of Squat jumps
Rest 1-2 min
12 Glute Bridge Chest Press
12 Twist and press
45 seconds jumping lunges
Rest 1-2 minutes
10 Inch worm to push up
12 Bent over row + tricep extension
45 seconds Burpees
Rest 1-2 minutes
Cool down and stretch
There are many benefits of including it into your workout routine but it's important to keep in mind that it is a higher impact training. So ensuring that you're healthy and start at a level that is appropriate for your level of fitness, is crucial. As always, be sure to talk to your doctor before beginning any new type of training or activity and listen to your body!