#003 - Should Endurance Athletes Do Plyometric Training?
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A lot of us endurance lovers get into a somewhat monotonous workout routine. You may be a runner, swimmer, cyclist, or triathlete who dabbles in a bit of strength training, a spin class enthusiast, someone who primarily engages in resistance training with some cardio sprinkled in, or you may be a fan of low-impact TRX training. While it’s great to have preferences and activities you enjoy, adding multiple types of exercise to your training program is essential to maximize your health benefits and develop well-rounded fitness.
Plyometric training is one of the most frequently overlooked forms of exercise. It involves jumping, bounding, and other forms of rapid force production. Often, regular joe athletes are just looking to work out enough to stay relatively fit and decide that plyometric exercises are mainly beneficial for serious power athletes, but plyometrics are helpful for nearly everyone. No matter your level of fitness or what sport of choice you focus on, plyometrics has valuable benefits. Adding just a few plyometric exercises into your training block can advance your wellness with little time. Keep an open mind, and don’t preemptively count yourself out; listen to this insightful episode with my good friend and colleague, Jordan Collins, to learn about the benefits of plyometrics and why you should also start jumping bounding and skipping your way to better fitness.