Plyometric training (also known as Plyometrics, shock training, jump training, or simply Plyos) is a training method based on jumps and dynamic movements in which the muscles exert maximum force in short intervals of time to increase physical power.
The word “Plyometrics” is a combination of the Greek roots Pleion and Metric, which means “to increase the measure”; and this training method was created by Yuri Verkhoshansky between the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Plyometric exercises help increase speed, endurance, and strength, as well as improve coordination, agility, and mobility. Besides, Plyometrics are excellent for burning fat.
Plyometric exercises are part of the workout of many athletes because of their effectiveness in improving sports performance.
Here are some of the best Plyometric Exercises:
Squat Jumps: This type of squat increases lower body strength and burns calories faster than common squats.
Burpees: This exercise works the entire body, develops strength, endurance, and coordination. It’s great to improve physical condition.
Jumping Jacks: Very good for balancing the heart rate, improving blood circulation, regulating blood pressure, and preventing a heart attack.
Lateral Jumps: This exercise improves the coordination between the core and the legs, and helps stabilize the hip, knee, and foot joints.
Plyo Push-Ups: This push-up variation works the triceps, abs, and shoulders, but especially develops the pectoral muscles for a more defined chest.
Jumping Lunges: This exercise targets the glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, hip flexors, calves, and helps develop stability and coordination.