Plyometrics are exercise involving repeated rapid stretching and contracting of muscles (as by jumping and rebounding) to increase muscle power.
Plyos can be tough and tiring but don’t shy away from them. They’re a good way to increase:
- your explosive power
- your reactive strength
- your speed
- your agility
Plyometrics don’t have to be high-intensity; even low-level plyometrics can be beneficial. Low-level plyos could include
- jumping jacks
- ladder drills
Higher intensity ploymetics would include
- burpees (we call them “thrust with jump”)
- box jumps
- vertical jumps
- split squat jumps
If you’re a beginner, start out with lower-level plyos and take it easy. Start with low reps, then add to them.