The Power of Plyometrics
Plyometric exercises are key for developing explosive power, strength, and speed. These dynamic movements train your muscles to rapidly transition from an eccentric contraction to a concentric contraction. This is exactly what occurs during athletic activities like sprinting, jumping, and changing direction quickly. Here’s why plyometric training is so beneficial:
- Improves Power - Plyos build powerful hip, leg and glute muscles to boost vertical leap height and horizontal explosiveness.
- Increases Speed - They train your neuromuscular system for lightning quick movements to excel during sprints and acceleration.
- Develops Reactive Ability - The rapid stretch-shortening cycles sharpen body control and balance for reacting on the field.
- Reduces Injury Risk - Stronger tendons and muscles plus neuromuscular coordination helps prevent muscle strains and ligament sprains.
- Enhances Agility - Movements in all planes build proprioception to swiftly change direction and react.
- Complements Other Training - Plyos add unique benefit when combined with weight training and sport-specific work.
Plyometric routines help maximize athletic potential. They are best done 1-2 times per week with rest days in between for recovery. Progress plyometric intensity gradually over time. With proper program design and rest, plyos give your performance an extra edge.
Need a plyo box? Here is the one we use at our Clubs: