What is plyometrics? The Exercise That’s Great for Weight Loss

Plyometrics is considered an anaerobic exercise. Often, anaerobic exercises involve maximum effort through quick and intense bursts of energy such as jumping or sprinting.

Because of these quick bursts, this type of exercise can lead to greater overall fat burning through higher calorie expenditure compared to aerobic exercise. Anyone can start plyometrics by simply adding a few exercises to your normal strength training routine or by devoting 1-2 workouts per week to plyometrics especially for a fun and productive spin on your fitness routine.

What are plyometrics?

Plyometric training is a type of exercise that involves moving your body in ways that emphasize speed and power. This can include running, jumping, throwing and other forms of exercise that require short, intense bursts of energy.

For those looking to significantly improve athletic performance and explosive power (whether you’re an athlete or not), plyometric training is the way to go. It promotes the use of explosive power, combined with strength, power and mobility, to perform any exercise. Plyometric training allows individuals to improve speed, strength, power, explosiveness and overall health.

Can anyone do plyometric training?

In training programs, plyometrics are often used to improve the physical performance of athletes, especially those in high-impact sports that require a lot of jumping and running. But don’t let your “athletic prowess” hold you back. Anyone can do plyometric training, regardless of fitness level or experience. There are plenty of modified versions of exercises that can be helpful for beginners.

As with anything in life, too much can have negative consequences. Plyometrics can put a lot of strain on the joints from the impact of consistent jumping motions. Rest is essential for recovery, so repeatedly performing plyometric training day in and day out can lead to injury. As a personal trainer, I recommend limiting plyometric training to 2-4 times per week to allow adequate recovery time between sessions. If you’re new to plyometrics, start with 1-2 sessions a week and work your way up.

Are plyometrics good for weight loss?

Plyometrics are fantastic for weight loss because the intense effort of maximum strength required to perform each exercise increases a person’s total calorie burn. I incorporate plyometric exercises into HIIT workouts for many of my weight loss clients. The intensity required to complete these types of movements has a major impact on weight and aids in fat loss due to the increased calorie consumption.

All in all, plyometrics is a great weight loss and fat loss tool.

Form Check: Using proper form is essential to avoid injury

Quality will always beat quantity in terms of practice. This is especially true for plyometrics.

When you start incorporating plyometric exercises into your weekly workout routine, focus on the quality of your reps rather than the quantity. Plyometric exercises are explosive, require a lot of energy and demand a lot from your body. You don’t need to perform 20+ reps of squat jumps when you first start out. Your body is not used to it, so this is too much, too soon. Start with 5-10 reps to give your body time to adjust.

Shape is also incredibly important. Be sure to follow the guidelines for each exercise closely to reduce the risk of injury. When you perform an exercise correctly, results will follow!

Rest when you need it

Plyometric exercises are high impact and high intensity because of the explosive movement performed with each rep. As you incorporate plyometrics into your workout routine, I encourage you to check in with yourself. How does your body feel? Do your muscles feel overloaded? Some signs of this are extreme pain or your muscles are fatigued to the point of exhaustion. If you feel these things, rest!

Rest is essential for the body to recover. If you don’t give your body a chance to recover, you won’t see much or no progress from your training sessions. So listen to your body and rest when you need it!

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