Also known as jump training, plyometrics are used to develop speed, quickness and power. They exercise muscles to exert maximum force in short intervals of time.
As Ben Shear states in the following video, some plyometric training focuses solely on power, but today, we focus on speed and quickness.
As we explain in the video, these are basic movements to help you or your child learn the basic movements, helping with balance and coordination as well as speed.
Unlike when we used the trampoline in our last video, we’ll need our knees bent when beginning the first exercise. You want to be able to explode into your jump across the yellow tape (or whatever you are using), so being able to spring yourself across is vital.
As I emphasize in the video, you want to short, quick jumps, not long, broad jumps. This isn’t the high jump or something you would see in box training. Remember the focus here is speed, so keep your body straight and focus on your lower-body movement.
We want to keep moving. Your feet should always be in motion and should not be on the ground for a long period of time when doing any speed plyometrics training.
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