Wednesday, April 18, 2012

P: is for Plyometrics

't is the season to put a little spring in your step!  Plyometrics (sometimes called "jump training" or "explosive exercises") will do just that, while adding variety to your workout, helping increase bone density, prevent injury, and improve your power, strength, and agility.  Plyometric training conditions the body with dynamic resistance exercises that rapidly stretch a muscle and then rapidly shorten it (ie: squat jumps and medicine ball slams).  It is good to do a mix of both upper and lower body exercises to get an all-over workout without tiring your muscles too much too soon in one session.  These types of exercises often imitate the body's natural movement during sports (ie: hiking, volleyball, tennis, running) and thus are often used by athletes to improve overall performance.  More recently however, plyometric training has become more widely used among the general exercise population.

Shape Magazine has an excellent plyometrics workout, suitable for beginners.  You can view the workout by clicking here

As with any exercise, if done improperly, injury can result.  Make sure to use proper form, not to overextend, and if an exercise is beyond your difficulty level, work with an experienced trainer or coach to modify the move to your ability.  As well, make sure to give your body periods of rest (1 - 2 days) between plyometric exercise sessions. 

What else can I say?  Interested in plyometrics?  Hop to it!


  1. Oh man, I wish I would have known about this last Thanksgiving before I ruptured a tendon during dress rehearsal for a football game's halftime show!

    Lisa, the Life of Lisa