Plyometric Training: What are the benefits?
Plyometric Training adds a whole new dynamic to training programmes, if done with the correct technique this form of training is incredibly effective due to its highly intense nature. Plyometric training refers to explosive compound movements, commonly done with bodyweight or very light loads such as plyo press ups, box jumps, and jump squats. The goal is to train for maximum force production in the smallest period of time, so reps are kept low and the intensity and effort level is high.
Plyometric Training has the following benefits:
•Increased Fat Burning
•Trains your fast-twitch muscle fibres, which are responsible for speed and power.
•They’re a fun way to train like a professional athlete.
•Increased strength and muscle tone
Before adding plyometrics to your workout, make sure you have a solid base of strength and fitness. These are advanced movements that could increase your risk of injury if you’re not conditioned. Control is absolutely key to their effectiveness so having a soft landing on all exercises is essential, do not attempt if you have any previous injuries which plyometric training may aggravate!
If you are a beginner you can begin to add plyometrics a few weeks of basic strength training, to add an extra fat-burning edge to your workout. If you’ve never done them before, consider working with an experienced trainer to ensure you get the correct technique!
Check out the video below for plyometric exercises you can add to your workouts! I recommend doing no more than 10 reps of each exercise or 2 runs of the drop jumps. REMEMBER Plyometrics is all about strength and power, therefore the rep range should be kept low!