Judging from the title, you can probably guess what this week’s blog is about. That’s right…airplanes! Okay, maybe not. That would be Fly-ometrics (Ba-Dum-Tss). This week we are talking about “leaving the ground” via plyometrics aka “jump training.”
The “jump” can be something as simple as a jumping jack. Then there are more explosive exercises such as the box jump, squat jump, tuck jump, and burpee. The term “plyometrics” was developed by Fred Wilt (an Olympic track and field athlete) after he watched the Soviet Union’s Olympic athletes train for track and field.
The reason that athletes do plyometrics is because plyometric training is very effective. The effectiveness comes from the concentric contraction and eccentric contraction of the quadricep muscles. The explosive jump upwards causes the muscle to contract rapidly (concentric contraction) while the impact of the landing causes the muscle to elongate. (eccentric contraction)
The contraction and elongation of the muscles through plyometric training does 4 things-
>>It builds explosive lower-body power, which is perfect for an athlete. Almost any sport you can think of requires the use of explosive lower-body power. Enhancing this will lead to better performance in sports.
>>All that explosive jumping builds muscular strength in the lower-body. (which also helps in sports performance)
>>Plyometric training gradually decreases the risk for injury by reducing the impact forces on the joints.
>>The intensity of plyometric training is great for conditioning and burning fat.
If you are interested in plyometrics, come try out a free trial CrossFit class. You’ll be doing plyometric exercises as well as olympic lifts, speed & agility exercises, and many more. CrossFit is a fast-paced class, but don’t worry. There is a CrossFit 101 class that you can take to get accommodated to the type of exercise that you will be doing in the CrossFit class.
If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 770-277-8741. A link to our schedule can be found here.