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Why you should do Plyometrics

Plyometric training is a quick, powerful movement involving a system of reactive exercises and an eccentric contraction, followed immediately by an explosive concentric contraction. Plyometric training is based on various scientific principals that can help individuals greatly increase their power output.

Plyometric training can add a fun and challenging component to training programs; but in order to avoid injuries, you have to implement, coached, and progressed in a safe and systematic way.

That being said, if a plyometric training program is designed in a safe and effective way it can yield some great benefits such as:

  • increased vertical jump height

  • increased long jump distance

  • increased strength

  • improved running speed, agility, and quickness

  • injury reduction

  • improved throwing, hitting, striking velocity

  • enhanced neuromuscular efficiency

When reading this list it is easy to see how plyometrics can improve athletic performance, but perhaps it is a little more difficult to see how can benefit a non-athlete. Plyometrics can be interchangeably used with the term reactive training. Reactive training prepares you to quickly respond to an unexpected change in the surface when stepping off a curb or rapidly changing direction when walking a dog on a leash.


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