Un­der the mi­cro­scope: Ply­o­met­rics

Trail Running (UK) - - Warm- Up -

What? Ex­plo­sive, rapid move­ments usu­ally in­volv­ing some kind of jump, ply­o­met­ric ex­er­cises are used to build power and speed in mus­cles. By mak­ing mus­cles ex­ert max­i­mum force re­peat­edly, you train them to keep work­ing when you hit a steep in­cline out on the trails.

Why? These move­ments stim­u­late sev­eral dif­fer­ent mus­cle groups at the same time in a short ses­sion. Aside from econ­omy of time, they im­prove ath­letic per­for­mance, build­ing strength and mus­cu­lar en­durance by train­ing your fast-twitch mus­cle fi­fi­bres, as well as co­or­di­na­tion and bal­ance. Where? Find any­where with a bit of space or some­thing to jump onto, and you’re good to go. Just re­mem­ber to keep the num­ber of reps low but in­ten­sity and ef­fort high.

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