So the big word today: Plyometrics!
If you’re sitting there thinking ‘Hey she’s talked about this before!’ you’re right. A few months ago I did a couple plyometric workouts for beginners and wrote this post showcasing plyos.
The routines all knocked me on my ass so I’ve shied away from them for the most part. But I’ve been getting that feeling to mix it up again so I’m thinking some plyos are in my near future 😉 so I decided to brush up on my plyometrics knowledge and give you all a refresher at the same time.
I also thought it was worth adding plyometrics to the Workout Wednesday series because it’s definitely not just another workout! This stuff gets INTENSE!
What is Plyometrics?
Plyometrics is a training technique designed to increase muscular power and explosives. It was originally developed for Olympic athletes but has become popular for people of all ages. Plyometrics focuses on conditioning the body to move muscles from extension to contraction as quickly as possible. Plyometric exercises also borrow moves from sports like volleyball, soccer (:? we call it Football where I’m from) and basketball to name a few.
Benefits & Risks of Plyometrics
Plyometrics exercises for beginners
Like I said before, Plyometrics focuses on rapidly moving muscles from extension to contraction – think jumping and hopping. If you just want some basics, here are a few exercises that are good if you’re a beginner but are easily customized to suit higher fitness levels!
A couple points to note before beginning:
You really don’t want to injure yourself doing these exercises. There are so many horror stories of box jumps and the likes gone wrong so be sure to follow these tips to avoid disaster!
- Safety First
- Start off slowly
- Focus on Technique
- Rest between Sets
- 1 or 2 days a week only
That’s all I’ve got on plyometrics for now but I hope it’s helpful!
Have you done plyometric exercises before? Which ones? How did you feel after? Share below!