Plyometrics: Jump! Jump!

Plyometric Push-up

Plyometric Push-up

You might not know what plyometrics are yet, but there’s a good chance you’ve already done them at some point.

The term plyometrics refers to explosive types of movement that involve speed and power. Sometimes plyometric exercises are also referred to as “jump training.” Jumping rope is an example of a low intensity plyometric exercise, while depth jumps and plyo pistol squats are examples of advanced plyometrics.

But don’t think that means plyometrics are limited to your legs! The jumping push-up (often accompanied by clapping) and the kipping pull-up are two examples of upper body plyometrics.

Plyometric training is great for athletes (serious or recreational) because sports typically involve dynamic movements. Practicing these types of movements in a controlled setting like the gym often carries over into improved performance in sports and other activities.

Land with your knees bent

Land with your knees bent

The box jump is one of the most fundamental plyometric drills. Many types of athletes do box jumps to build power and increase their vertical leap.

Start by standing in front of a sturdy box or step (most gyms have plyo boxes or you can do them outdoors with a ledge or step). Squat down and jump up out of your squat position onto the box.

When you are doing plyometric jumps, make sure that you land with your knees bent in order to absorb the shock. Try to rebound from one rep right into the next.

Plyometric exercises allow you to take advantage of the elasticity of your muscles to get more milage out of each rep.

Watch the video clip below to learn more about plyometric training:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlGJaq840bQ

19 thoughts on “Plyometrics: Jump! Jump!

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  • By mpdavidson81 -

    I have to commend you on your form in this Push-Up with a Push-Off. When we were shooting this exercise for our data base it took several trys to get one at the apex of the motion as wells one with the shoulders retracted and the body in a straight line. Nice job. Keep the great exercises coming.

  • By Al Kavadlo -

    Thanks! Feel free to use me in your data base if you see fit to (pun intended).

  • By mpdavidson81 -

    LOL, We might just have to. There are a very select few individuals that has core strength like yours. Have you seen an exercise where you start in the pull-up position with the hands shoulder width apart, in the biceps curl position. And at the top of the motion, you recline the body to the horizontal position so the body is parallel to the floor? We were going to shoot this exercise yesterday in our photo shoot, but none of the models could actually perform the exercise. LOL

  • By Al Kavadlo -

    The exercise that you're talking about it called a front lever. I can do one but I can't hold it very long–maybe a second or two. I was actually planning on doing a post about levers soon. Check back in a few days.

  • By mpdavidson81 -

    Sweet. I can almost get parallel, but like you can't hold it but for a second or two.

  • By Al Kavadlo -

    Thanks! Feel free to use me in your data base if you see fit to (pun intended).

  • By mpdavidson81 -

    LOL, We might just have to. There are a very select few individuals that has core strength like yours. Have you seen an exercise where you start in the pull-up position with the hands shoulder width apart, in the biceps curl position. And at the top of the motion, you recline the body to the horizontal position so the body is parallel to the floor? We were going to shoot this exercise yesterday in our photo shoot, but none of the models could actually perform the exercise. LOL

  • By Al Kavadlo -

    The exercise that you're talking about it called a front lever. I can do one but I can't hold it very long–maybe a second or two. I was actually planning on doing a post about levers soon. Check back in a few days.

  • By mpdavidson81 -

    Sweet. I can almost get parallel, but like you can't hold it but for a second or two.

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  • By John limpus -

    Another Great Post Al, Thanks.

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Someone’s been digging through the archives, eh? Glad you liked this one, John!

      • By Rutger Klomp -

        He isn’t the only one :). I just put up a group of 7 tabs for things I am going to try. This is one of them!

        Greetings from the Netherlands!

        • By Al Kavadlo -

          Haha – right on, Rutger! Go get ’em!

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