Plyometrics: what is it, and how does it benefit you?
Plyometric exercises are all about speed and strength and using solely your own body.
Here you will read what plyometrics is all about, and you will find out three exercises that you can try.
Also known as jump training, plyometric training involves extending the muscles before each contraction. This type of training, when done safely, strengthens your muscles, increases your vertical jump, and improves your fitness level.
According to a recent study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, the plyometric workout, which includes mainly jumping exercises, helps you improve both your speed and strength. Speed and power are essential in all sports as they define the fitness of the athlete. The combination of these elements determines the maximum force a muscle group can exert in the least amount of time.
The plyometric exercises use acceleration and deceleration of the athlete’s body mass, and gravity to overload the muscles. For example, an athlete can jump from a height (box, ladder, etc.), storing dynamic energy in his muscles and immediately releasing this energy in the opposite direction when impacting the ground, thus converting dynamic energy into kinetic. This workout exerts maximum force on the joints and tendons, so you need to be careful not to overdo it.