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Fancy giving plyometrics a go but have literally no idea what it actually is? Don't worry; you're not alone. With so much 'gym lingo' to get your head around, it can be difficult to know what's going on.
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Here is everything you need to know if you want to give plyometrics a go.
What is Plyometrics?
Plyometrics (you might also hear it called ‘plyo’, ‘shock training’ or ‘jumping training’) is basically a form of exercise that incorporates both strength and speed.
Put simply, speed + strength = power
So now you know what it is, why should you be doing it?
Turns out there are quite a few reasons to give plyo a go.
The stretching of the muscle immediately followed by its contraction helps with the development of fast twitch muscle fibres, which in turn helps to increase explosive power and allows your muscles to reach their full force potential in a shorter time.
It can also help to improve your agility and coordination, so can make a great addition to sport specific training plans.
What are examples of plyometrics?
If you’re a beginner, try incorporating some of these plyometric exercises into your training programme. They’re super simple and a great way to master your technique before moving on to more complex movements.
Start with your feet shoulder width apart and then go into a regular squat.
Keep your core engaged and then jump up, powering through your heels and using your arms to propel you.
As you land, keep your knees soft to prevent any injury.
Plank in-and-out jumps
Get yourself into a regular forearm plank position.
Embrace your core and, remaining as still as possible - keeping a neutral spine - jump your legs in and out.
Great for if you’re wanting to build yourself up to doing a box jump!
Start with your feet hip-width apart and your chest up. Drive your arms upwards and explode up off the floor, lifting your knees towards your chest. Keep your knees soft as you land to prevent injury.