I’ve been hearing the buzzword “plyometrics” for a while now and have been curious about it. While some of its exercises are nothing new (like jumping rope or clap push-ups), its combinations for workouts are certainly intense. I don’t think I’ll ever try this out for myself (I don’t think anyone with knee issues should be box jumping), but I wouldn’t be surprised if my husband gave it a try at some point.
What is plyometrics?
Have you heard of plyometrics? It’s been gaining popularity throughout the past year. More simply known as “jump training,” plyometrics exercises are “high-intensity, high-velocity resistance exercises that are designed to increase muscular power and coordination,” says Kim Todaro, a physical therapist and the clinical director of the Johnstown location of Allegheny Chesapeake Physical Therapy (a Physiquality member with 10 locations in Pennsylvania).
The purpose of plyometric exercise is to increase the power of subsequent movements by using both the natural elastic components of muscles and tendons and the stretch reflex. Mark Salandra, the founder of StrengthCondition.com (one of Physiquality’s partner programs), defines this force-speed relationship as POWER. When used correctly, he adds, “plyometrics training has consistently been shown to improve the production of muscle force and power.”