The Power of Plyometrics
Date Posted: November 10, 2014
Plyometrics, also known as "Plyos", is a training technique consisting of explosive movements that improve power, coordination, speed and agility. This training can assist in building stamina and increasing overall athletic performance. It is also a great method to use to shape the lower body, glutes especially!
Plyometric training can be associated with organized sport team training such as football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and many more. It is challenging and certainly can be considered high intensity. This method is extremely beneficial in that its short cycles and explosive movements improve the power of muscular contraction. I always incorporate one day per week of Plyometric training when preparing for a competition. "Plyos" have helped me achieve a lean muscular look in my lower body for show time. My Plyometric routines include resistance bands, light weights, or sometimes no weights at all.
Some of My Favorite "Plyo" Moves:
- Band lateral walks or side shuffles
- Squat jumps (with and without bands)
- Band In/Out hops
- Box jumps
- Switch lunge jumps
- Dumbbell step-up jumps
- Sled pushes
Recipe of the Week: Cream of Rice Done Right
What You'll Need
- 1/4 cup of cooked cream of rice
- 1 scoop chocolate Allmax Isoflex Natural Whey Isolate Protein
- 2 tbsp Walden Farms pancake syrup
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
Preparation & Cooking
Mix in protein powder into cooked cream of rice, top with Walden Farms pancake syrup and cinnamon. Enjoy!
All these ingredients are available at Fairfield Nutrition Zone!
Pay attention to your tempo! The tempo at which you are lifting can greatly impact your muscle development. For example, as I am working towards hamstring and glute development, when I do squats I typically do a three count down, hold two seconds, and then return to starting position. Choose a tempo that will help you achieve your fitness goals!