Why Athletes Need Plyometrics

5 explosive moves for power, coordination, and fat-burning

In plyometrics, the eccentric (lengthening) phase of a muscle is quickly followed by a concentric (shortening) contraction—a fast motion that helps increase force production, and in turn, power. Plyos boost coordination, too—and because they require a lot of energy they’re high calorie-burners. 

But when people think of plyometrics, jumping is usually the only motion that comes to mind. However, there are many ways to get more explosive. What's more, the training method isn’t limited to the lower body. For example, by adding an explosive movement to a push-up or slamming a medicine ball, you can increase the power of your upper-body muscles. See the slideshow for more plyo ideas to add to your routine.

NEW MOVES: Power jump; push-up to explosive push-upfrog jump; bounce step; TRX plyometric lunge into pistol squat