Ever wondered what makes plyometrics so beneficial for athletes? Plyometric training offers a variety of advantages to speed, power, and strength athletes. Most often the advantages of plyometric training are limited to improved jump performance and weight loss.
Number one, there are more plyometric benefits than improved jump performance.
Number two, forget the benefits of plyometrics on weight loss. It’s nonsense.
Forget the benefits of plyometrics on weight loss. It’s nonsense.
In short, very short, plyometrics are short high-intensity burst, performed in the state of no-fatigue, and using long inter-serial rest periods. This is actually the complete opposite of the training interventions you need to apply to accelerate weight loss. But let’s not go there, the purpose of this article is to outline unexpected or little know benefits of plyometric training.
- If you want to dive into the topic of weight loss, I have outlined the mechanisms of weight loss, the ‘weight-loss formula’, and training interventions to accelerate weight loss in the article Only 3 Things You Need To Know About Strength Training and Weight Loss.
I have gathered a list of some of the top things that plyometric training improves with respect to your neural side as well as your muscular side.
This article discusses
- How does the nervous system work
- The benefits of plyometric training on the nervous system
- The benefits of plyometrics on the muscular system
How does the nervous system work?
Before I get started outlining the plyometric training benefits, let’s quickly talk about the nervous system, and how the nervous system activates muscles. There are three distinct mechanisms the nervous system activates a muscle:
- Recruitment of muscle fiber
- The firing frequency
- The synchronization
A quick intro to motor units, a motor unit is the complex of the nerve and the muscle fibres this nerve activates. A really good and understandable explanation in this entertaining video