In recent years, plyometrics have become popular among professional athletes, long jumpers, high jumpers, basketballers, and the likes. These exercises are a fun alternative to everyday strength-training workouts and boosts muscle power, agility, balance, and strength. Although they are popular among sports professionals, they can benefit virtually anyone who wishes to build explosive power. Here are incredible benefits of a plyometric workout.
One of the biggest turnoffs for anyone looking to get in shape is the amount of equipment needed. Not only are the machines expensive to acquire, but require a lot of learning to use them optimally. That is much enough to keep a less-motivated beginner trainee from achieving their fitness goals. Luckily, plyometrics is bodyweight-oriented. They require no weight or equipment, making them suitable for home, office or while on the move.
Sure, running and other aerobic exercises will burn calories, but, the process will speed up as your strength and endurance increase. That’s why plyometrics is an excellent workout program that anyone can use to incinerate fat fast. The best thing is that you not only burn calories within a short period but also get your body in shape from head to toe. Due to their intensity, plyometric exercises have a relatively higher potential for injury. That means plyos may not be your best option especially if you’re a beginner or seriously overweight. That’s why you need to first build a proper foundation before jumping into a plyometric routine. Tuck jumps are some of the highest calorie burning plyo exercises.
Increased Power Endurance
There is no refuting that plyometric exercises are best for improving muscle power. Perhaps this is because they combine the recovery time between the high-intensity workouts. Scientifically, combining rest periods helps you to push yourself to the maximum while, psychologically, it compels you to push harder knowing that you’ll get a rest. As a result, the body gets used to producing maximum force while spending less energy in the smallest time possible; this helps to increase the longevity of quality performance. Forward two-foot box jumps, speed-skater ladders, and battle ropes are some of the plyometrics routines for increasing power endurance.
Build Stronger Bones
Most people don’t prioritize bone health. Unfortunately, osteoporosis is a serious health concern that affects more than 200 million people around the world, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Good news is that resistance training can help prevent loss of bone mineral density. Plyo exercises such as skipping and hopping on alternate legs do a better job boosting bone density compared to walking. Better still, jumping backward, forward or side to side can do magic – bones love to be surprised.
Enhanced Strength and Speed
Want more sprint speed, better rotational power, more hang time and greater stopping ability? No worries, the plyometric workout is all you need. Unlike other dynamic effort methods, plyometrics put more emphasis on the stretch-shortening cycle (SSC) at the start of each rep. That means your muscles can stretch and contract rapidly, and even contract faster when enough force is applied to the stretching function. That way, they teach your muscles and tendons to act to act as springs, giving you more swiftness. Hops, jumps, throws, bounds, and clapping push-ups are some of the most effective plyo workouts to add some “go” to your “show.”
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Whether you’re are a sports professional looking to increase muscle, speed, endurance or just want to add plyometrics to your training, Fitness Loft is your place. Our experienced coaches have the expertise to help you accomplish you’re your fitness goals.