Plyometrics ("plyo," for short) used to be called "jump training." It's a technique that you can use in many different ways. You'll do a series of jumps and hops, like jump squats or one-leg hops. You might jump up and onto a box or bench, or jump over cones. Some moves will be faster than others.
Every time you land from a jump, your muscles get a stretch. That gives your next jump even more power. The combination of stretching and contracting your muscles whips them into shape.
If you are in good shape and looking to ramp up your workout, then you may enjoy the challenge of plyometrics. It's a great way to train if you are into high-impact sports that involve a lot of running or jumping, like tennis, skiing, or basketball.
When you're getting started, it's best to work with an experienced trainer who can show you how to safely jump and land.
In our senior strength training workouts, we incorporate Plyometric exercises to enhance flexibility and endurance. It's just one of the many techniques we use to bring our senior citizen clients an improved quality of life through exercise and recovery training. To learn more, please get in touch with us!