These days Plyometrics (meaning ‘jump training’ has a very broad application.
For some people running, whether long distance or sprint, is a pretty boring way to get your exercise fix! For the same results, we prefer to combine plyometrics into our workout programs.
Before we get into the pro’s of plyometrics, have a quick look at some of the various training and energy systems we go through:
Typical for most runners, cyclists and walkers.
During a steady-state workout, the pulse is raised to an endurable state that will be maintained until cooldown.
Intervals are a recommended cure for boredom.
This method of training will challenge the threshold of fatigue by repeatedly taking the heart-rate from normal to
An example of interval training could be a 1-minute jog followed by a 30-second sprint, repeated for several cycles.
In a cardio session, the ‘aerobic zone’ is also the ‘fat burning zone’.
When working at this level, the heart rate is generally maintained between 55 and 85% of its maximum.
This should feel like moderate, steady-state exercise.
Example challenge: Do you know your body can walk for several hours without stopping?
In fact, taking a break on a park bench sends cooldown signals throughout your body - making it harder to get going again!
This is what we in the industry refer to as ‘taking the breaks off’!
Anaerobic energy is triggered by a big increase in effort and the output of energy. The heart rate goes beyond the aerobic threshold of 85% and so energy output can only be maintained for short bursts.
Example challenge: Can you do Burpees for more than a minute?
So, why plyometrics over running?
Combining plyometrics into each workout takes and trains the body through all the above energy systems in one fell swoop!