Plyometrics are a style of training that focuses on increasing power and explosive movement
The associated exercises generally involve jumping through one or more planes of direction, depending on the ability of the athlete.
Throughout the CFA strength and performance program, time is spent firstly developing the required level of baseline strength to perform the plyometric movements safely and properly, before moving through the progressions of the movements themselves. Simply jumping up and down on the spot is a basic plyometric movement! There are many different variations of this but it is generally best to start at the most basic level and build from there.
The main benefits of doing plyometrics that we see regularly are increases in explosive power and athleticism. The nature of the training strengthens muscles through the rapid stretching and subsequent shortening of the muscles, which actually reduces the effect of the impact on the joints when running, jumping or quickly changing direction. When applied correctly, plyo movements will also help to train correct movement patterns - like landing properly after jumping for a ball or being able to jump back onto your feet and be in your ‘power’ position after a momentary loss of balance! We have also seen a great transfer of body awareness and efficiency through our plyometric progressions. It can often lead to better running mechanics, posture and general footwork. Think speed under the bar!