Plyometric exercises are used by athletes and gym goers to improve their muscular power, agility and speed. These exercises are rapid, high-intensity movements that can be added to your training to enhance your performance in the gym or on the field.
The 9 best plyometric exercises for power are:
- Plyo Push Up
- Jump Squat
- Box Jump
- Jumping Lunges
- Mountain Climbers
- Plank Jacks
- Plank Jump to Squat
- Skater Hops
- Hurdle Jumps
What Makes a Good Plyometric Exercise?
Plyometric exercises are designed to improve speed, agility, balance and muscle power.
These exercises begin with the eccentric component of a movement (i.e. the lowering phase). This is when the muscle lengthens and contracts.
This is followed by the concentric part of the exercise (i.e. the upward phase), in which the muscle shortens.
However, in order for it to be considered a plyometric action, oscillating between the eccentric and concentric needs to be done quickly.
So you can expect to see a lot of dynamic movements like jumping, running and hopping.