Unlike traditional strength training exercises that involve long, slow movements, plyometric (aka “jump training”) exercises involve quick and explosive movements designed to increase your speed and power. A plyometric exercise consists of three phases: The first called the eccentric phase involves rapid muscle lengthening movement. The second contains a short resting period and is called the amortization phase. The last phase is called the concentric phase and involves explosive muscle shortening movements. You don’t have to be a high-performance athlete to incorporate plyometrics into your weekly routine. Here are a few of its benefits.
1. It helps to build muscle
The body’s muscular system is made up of fast and slow twitch muscle fibers. The fast-twitch fibers are the largest and strongest fibers in the body. Plyometrics training focuses on increasing the strength and efficiency of your body’s fast twitch fibers. This means greater involvement of your muscles’ strongest fibers when you’re lifting weights, which will result in strength gains over time.