If you are an athlete, weightlifter, or someone who is looking for losing weight you may hear of plyometric training. If you are not familiar with these today at athletes hub we are going to explain all about plyometric training.
What is Plyometric training?
Plyometric training are exercises that include stretching and shortening cycle of muscle to increase speed and power also known as (SSC). I know its tough to understand for newbies so let me explain by an example. Suppose you lift weights in gym to improve your muscle mass and strength , in gym you lift heavy weights in very slow controlled manner. It definitely builds strength but by working your slow twitch muscles but in plyometric exercises your muscles have to work fast to complete these movements. Plyometric training builds strength and quickness.
Benefits of plyometric training
1.Increase in fast twitch fibres
If you are an athlete you might know the importance of activating muscles quickly for best performance in training sessions. If an athlete is capable of activating his muscles faster he or she gets the extra edge over the opponents. Plyometric movements work very appropriately for a sprinter.
3.Open neurological pathways
Plyometric training makes you neurological system to work. When we do those slow weight lifting movements it does not need our neurological path. Plyometric training involves concentric and eccentric movements with speed and power which opens our neurological pathways.
4.Improves force production
Plyometrics makes our muscles to work with both speed and force, Plyo makes our muscles more adaptive and improves its function in game situations. If you perform plyometrics more in an week. It will make your muscle capable of producing more force in shorter duration of time. So if you do plyometrics often you can jump higher,run faster and even perform exercises like dead-lifts and push ups more easily.
5.Helps in loosing weight Here
Plyometrics exercises helps in loosing weight. These workout can be done in very short time it take s hardly 15 minutes to complete plyometric workout. It burns more calories in comparison with movements like squats and dead-lifts, these traditional movements only build strength and burns a very little amount calories in comparison to plyometric workouts. Plyo increases force production,strength and burn enough amount of calorie for loosing weight.
Phases of plyometric exercise
There are 3 phases in a plyometric movement. All these are very important for providing with the force you need to complete each movement.
2.Stabilization phase = Stabilization phase and it involves a short resting period. Spent as little time as much as possible in this phase.
3.Concentric phase = The third phase is a concentric phase which consists of a shortening of the muscle. This phase uses stored energy to be more explosive.