Plyometrics Exercise Programs
Plyometrics – or “plyos” – are a popular form of training that was developed in the 1970s for Olympic athletes. These exercises focus on quick, explosive movements that condition the body with dynamic resistance that rapidly stretch a muscle (eccentric phase) and then rapidly shorten it (concentric phase). Plyometric exercises are all based around scientific evidence showing that a stretch-shortening cycle will activate what is known as a “stretch reflex” or “myotactic reflex.” This is the same reflex that occurs when a doctor taps your knee causing your quadriceps to contract. The tap on your knee causes a fast stretch of the muscle or tendon and the muscle will contract very quickly. When you perform plyometric exercises and activate this reflex it will improve the contraction speed of the muscle and increase your explosiveness.
The benefits of plyometric exercises:
These exercising techniques are designed in a manner that they can be effectively managed in fitness sessions alongside team or individual training set ups. The end result as established by multiple researches confirm massive benefits which include:
- Increase in body balance, body speed acceleration as well as great levels of flexibility.
- Significant build up in body muscle strength and power, especially the leg region.
- Gainful thickening of bones for participating individuals.
- Achievement of high heights in jumping or hopping activity.