FITNESS FUNK – Broad Jumps
Plyometrics, also known as “jump training” or “plyos”, are exercises in which muscles exert maximum force in short intervals of time, with the goal of increasing power (speed-strength).
Broad jumps, also known as standing long jumps, are a bounding exercise used by Sports Coaches not only to build leg strength in their athletes but also to test leg strength and explosive power.
The biggest benefit of broad jump training for athletes is that it improves the reaction of fast-twitch muscle fibers throughout the body. Like other plyometric exercises, effective broad jumps require your leg and core muscles to contract very quickly so you can generate maximal force with each leap.
Add broad jumping to your training routine 2-3 times per week, and you can significantly improve your sprinting and jumping performance. Imagine being able to bomb down a hot trail or sprint uphill like a Pro!
Before you start, find a flight of stairs or as you can see HERE, I chose a sturdy park bench for my standing jump. It’s an exhilarating and fun exercise which will add extra spring to your step. For safety, make sure the landing platform is immovable and it will be able to take your weight. Another tip is to land as softly as possible which will help you minimise injuries to your knee ligaments and joints the next time you are blazing the trails.
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