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Plyometric Training

What is plyometric training?

Plyometric exercise refers to activities that allow a muscle to reach maximal force in the shortest possible time. Plyometric movements are dynamic and can yield tremendous benefits, especially for athletes. It should be understood that like any other type of training, plyometric training is a continuum, ranging from the level of recreational exercisers to competitive athletes. We are all involved in plyometric events everyday. Some of us are exposed to very low levels, while others participate in higher intensities.

Why should I train this way?

Many athletes have gained significant competitive advantages in their respective sports from plyometric training. Plyometrics can greatly increase force production and explosive power. Forms of plyometric movements are used in our everyday lives as well. Increasing force outputs will give you a tremendous advantage on the playing field as well as in everyday life.

This type of training, especially when done at a very high intensity, is a high-risk endeavor. Plyometric movements can generate a tremendous amount of force during a muscle contraction, but also place tremendous forces on the joints throughout the body. Keeping this in mind, it is important to avoid engaging in plyometric training too often or progressing too quickly. When plyometric exercises are done correctly and with proper technique the risk of injury can be significantly reduced.

For more information on ploymetric training and its components please seek the professional advice of a personal trainer.

Safety tips

  • Regardless of the level of participation, the key to safe participation in plyometrics is proper progression and technique.
  • If you are unsure about proper form and frequency in your plyometric training, consult a personal trainer.

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