Michele Cannell

Fitness professional certified in Personal Training, Wellness, CPR/AED, Cycling, Pilates, YogaFit, Tai Chi, and living with Celiac Disease.

Should you add Plyometrics to your Workout?

Plyo-For Everyone? Plyometrics is such an old school word (1970s). Those who are over a certain age think they can’t add this type of exercise to their fitness routine, but can they? Plyometrics involves a stretch of the muscle combined with a concentric movement of that same muscle. A great example is a box jump. You are stretching the quadriceps and hamstrings;and then the actual landing causes a contraction of the quads and hamstrings. Fortunately, there are so many ways you can take an advanced Plyometrics exercise and turn it into a lower intensity Plyometrics exercise. We can still get the benefits that advanced Plyometrics exercises give while doing it at your own level.

The benefits of Plyometrics exercises are:

  • Increase reaction time (nerve to muscle response)
  • increase strength
  • Increase speed overall
  • Ability to create an eccentric and concentric within one exercise