Jump into winter

Winter sports demand a combination of stamina and cardio fitness as well as strength. But to really kick your season into high gear, you’ll need to add power. Plyometrics, also known as plyo or jump training, has proven to be the go-to drill for high-performing athletes who want to add power to their performance.

Explosive training

Plyo involves explosive compound movements such as jumps, skips and hops. Exercises are performed with just bodyweight, or a very light load. The goal is to achieve maximum force production in a minimum amount of time by quickly lengthening, then contracting, your muscles.

Plyo works to help build fasttwitch muscle fibres. This will increase the force and speed of your muscular action. Force plus speed equals power.

Not for newbies

Plyo is not intended for beginning athletes, or those recovering from injury. You should be able to perform about ten deep single leg squats before starting a jump training program. Because it is hi-intensity, keep plyo training to just twice weekly. Combine it with your strength and conditioning routine, under the supervision of a trained professional.

Get jumping

If you have a good solid fitness base, give this sample session a try. Focus on good form, and all-out effort.

  • Squat jumps: Squat, then explode upward as high as you can. Land lightly, absorbing the impact. Repeat ten times.
  • Hop: Six forward hops on each leg.
  • Frog jumps: Jump as far forward on both legs as you can go. Repeat five times.
  • Side to side: Keeping your feet together, jump quickly from side to side. Jump over a line or add a small obstacle such as a cone or small box. Repeat twenty times.

With the hint of winter in the air, it’s time to get jumping if you want a power-packed season on the slopes.

 

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Robert Roy70 Posts

Kinésiologue reconnu et un expert chevronné, Robert Roy utilise l’exercice à des fins de prévention, de réhabilitation et de développement athlétique. Il cumule plus de 20 ans d’expérience avec des athlètes de tous les niveaux. Il a bâti le Quartier Général RobFit afin d’offrir un environnement d’entraînement hors pair dans la région. / Well-known kinesiologist and seasoned professional Robert Roy uses exercise for its preventive and rehabilitative virtues as well as for athletic development. He has more than 20 years of experience with athletes of all levels, and more recently built the Quartier Général RobFit in order to provide an outstanding training environment in this area.

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