Plyometric Training Exercises are dynamic movements where the muscle is contracted eccentrically then immediately, concentrically. They are exercises that are designed to train your body in fast, explosive movement. They are also sometimes called proprioceptive neuro-muscular facilitation, since it’s designed to make the nervous system more efficient.
Example of Plyometric Training Exercises
A good example is push-ups with a clap in-between each push-up. Your muscle (pectorals in this case) is elongated and loaded by the downward force of your body, then immediately you must contract the muscle to push yourself back up. : because plyometrics is one of the best ways if not the best way to improve power.
Power is the amount of force your muscles can produce in a given period of time. So, making a contraction more powerful means that the muscle will be able to produce more force in a shorter amount of time therefore increasing your explosiveness, sprinting speed, and vertical and horizontal jumps
Plyometrics are recommended only for well-conditioned athletes. You should have high levels of leg strength prior to performing plyometrics. Start slowly with small jumps and gradually build up. Land softly to absorb shock. Allow plenty of rest between plyometric workouts. Stop immediately if you feel any pain in your joints. Use footwear with plenty of cushioning.
I can assure you that world class speedsters such as Usain Bolt, Chris Johnson, and great speedsters of the past do plyometric training exercises!
Watch the Video below as it goes into detail of the science of Plyometrics and how it can benefit you in your quest to run faster and jump higher. The training program is designed to not only increase vertical leap but overall sprinting speed. There is a strong correlation between speed and vertical jumping abilities; and each training program benefits the other, they are very similar, especially using plyomteric exercises.