Plyometric training, also known as "Plyo" used to be called "jump training" because it mimicked the things you did in your childhood, like skipping and jumping around. This type of training helps to develop explosive power because the muscles are being contracted and stretched, which helps to build dynamic strength for activities such as basketball, volleyball, skiing, and free running.
The benefits of Plyometric Training are:
If you are a beginner, you want to start off slow. Plyometric training is also something you don't want to do everyday because it can be taxing on the joints and lead to things like "Jumpers Knee." Also know that it will get your heart rate up pretty fast so aim for 30 seconds then work your way up to 60 second intervals.
Plyometric Training is not for everyone. If you have injuries, arthritis, or bone or joint issues, high-impact exercises may not be suitable for you. If you are pregnant, have heart disease, high-blood pressure, or diabetes, your doctor may recommend a lower-intensity type of exercise, but check with them first. Safety first.
Plyometrics can be practiced anywhere, but think of soft landing areas like foam flooring, the grass, or sand.
MostFit just launched The Plyo Caddy and you can get one on our website. Other simple tools are jumping over cones or hurdles, or hopping on to bleachers at the park. Get creative. Plyometric Training can be super fun!
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