One of the variations of exercise that you may want to consider adding to your workout routine at one point or another to help move your progress along faster is plyometric training.
Plyometric training is where you are going to be rebounding off the ground as fast as possible, exerting maximum power as you do so. Some examples of plyometric training include squat jumps, box jumps, jump lunges, burpees, as well as clap push-ups for the upper body.
But before you go off adding these to your workout routine, there are a few things to know and remember. Let’s go over what these are so that you can ensure that you are adding them correctly.
Don’t Perform Plyometrics At The End Of A Session
The very first thing that you’ll want to know is that you should avoid performing any plyometric training at the end of your workout session.
Done at the end of the workout is the worst option as your entire CNS will be already fatigued and it’s your CNS that is worked most heavily when doing this form of training.
Instead, perform plyometrics at the start of the workout when you feel most fresh or else consider performing them in an entirely different session altogether.
The last thing you want to be is fatigued for this training as that would entirely short-circuit your results.
Be Mindful Of Recovery
Moving along, the next thing to consider is your recovery ability. Plyometrics training is very intense, so you need to be careful about how much of it you are adding. Do too many sessions per week and you will be finding you become overly fatigued and may not even be able to continue.
Always be sure to maintain at least two days of no intense exercise per week to stay on top of your recovery needs and avoid performing a very strenuous weight lifting workout the day before any plyometric training.
Avoid Adding Weight Unless You’re Very Advanced
Finally, don’t add weight to this variation of training unless you are highly advanced. For most people simple body weight will be sufficient enough. If you’re very advanced, a weighted vest can sometimes be used.
Wait until you have a very good feel for the exercise however before even considering this.
So there you have the key points to know about plyometric training. It’s an excellent form of exercise to be adding as long as you do so correctly.