Plyometrics are exercises performed with enough force to create flight. The force produced must be high enough to exceed the force of gravity at completion. The most basic form of plyometrics is jumping.
To jump, your muscles must exert a force on the ground greater than the force of your weight. The greater the force beyond this point, the higher your body will be projected.
Why do we care? By increasing the height jumped, you increase the intensity. A near maximal box jump produces muscle contraction similar to a near maximal squat or deadlift. Though the exercises are different, the muscle stimuli are very similar.
By doing plyometrics exercises before maximal lifts, you can better prepare your body to handle the high intensity and will make you feel that much stronger!
Plyometrics should be used to prepare for all of your heavy training sessions.
For upper body plyometrics, lighter loads are more effective than bodyweight due to the high intensity relative to the main lifts. For all plyometrics exercises, push for new heights every few weeks in order to continue your strength progression.
“If you jump for the moon, you will never reach the stars. If you jump for the stars, you will greatly surpass all of your expectations. Reach higher, push for more and always believe you can do better.”
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