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What Is Plyometrics?

Learn what plyometrics is in this Howcast video about the muscle building exercise regimen.


Plyometrics is a type of training that most athletes and sports teams use to be conditioned. So most likely they're training so that they're performance is better for their next match or their next game, and usually with plyometrics it's really high intensity and the movements that are used are the same movements that the sports team or an athlete would use functionally, so that it's repetitive, so that they're conditioned for their sport.

Most of the time they're going to improve on strength, agility, balance, power, explosive movements, so plyometrics is a really good thing to actually have into your training routine, and anyone can use, not just an athlete, not just sports teams, and ladies can use it as well. It's a great way to actually get your cardio in. As an athlete I used it throughout my entire career, collegiate career, high school career, and to this day I still use it, even though I don't run anymore, but I know how powerful it is to have in my everyday routine.

A really great example of how to incorporate plyometrics into your exercise routine would be for instance, today I would be doing a back and shoulder workout, so it's going to be a weighted exercise, muscular strength exercise, so I'm going to do like a shoulder press, and then I'm going to pick one or two plyometric movements and do that for about 30 seconds or so, and then I'm going to rest, then I'm going to repeat. Weights, and then the plyo moves, then rest.

Now what I just did, I created what's called the after burn and that's what really is important with plyometrics. It creates an after burn so that tomorrow and the next day your body is really geared up and burning, and so that's another really great example of how to incorporate it into any routine. The other thing is you can do it outside. You can do it in your home.

It doesn't matter where you are, there's a lot of body weight involved. You kind of don't need a lot of props, and if you do you can pick a tree branch or a rock or anything like that, it depends on what you're doing. But most of the time, you pick a movement, it's like a 30 second to a minute blast of energy, rest and then go back to what you were doing.

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