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Plyometrics - anybody tried this?(10 posts)

Plyometrics - anybody tried this?Alex-in-Evanston
Sep 19, 2001 6:32 AM
If you're not familiar, it involves a lot of lunging and jumping, building strength with body weight resistance. I went to my first plyometrics workout last night with a nearby bike club. It was one of the hardest one hour workouts I have ever done.

To all the masochists out there - give it a shot, you won't believe how quickly you can turn your legs into jelly with body weight resistance alone. I don't think I'll be able to walk straight for a week.

Alex
re: Plyometrics - anybody tried this?Lone Gunman
Sep 19, 2001 6:45 AM
What are you trying to do, bring back trollman/theodick/jimmie from seinfeld?
What?Alex-in-Evanston
Sep 19, 2001 7:42 AM
I don't understand. Maybe I missed something.

Alex
What?Lone Gunman
Sep 19, 2001 11:30 AM
A few weeks ago an individual with multiple screen names was posting as Trollman and writing his posts in a 3rd person prose. If fact he was answering his own posts in this manner and complimenting himself I believe. I have to admit I am a fan of the retired Seinfeld sitcom, and one of the episodes was a person named Jimmie who was selling shoes with big platforms on the bottom of them that were supposed to be plyometric shoes. Jimmie the character talked in the third person like Trollman would answer posts, thus the comparison. Trollman finally "outed" himself, lost track of who he really was or wanted to be and hasn't been heard from since.
re: Plyometrics - anybody tried this?peloton
Sep 19, 2001 7:45 AM
Plyo's are great for building explosive strength, and you can get a brutal workout in short order. Be careful though, they are high impact and not something that should be practiced intensively year round. When used in combination with weight training they can do a lot for your explosive strength. Weight training alone will boost your vertical jump by about on average by about 3-4 centimeters. Plyometrics alone create a similar boost. When the two are done in conjunction though, you get an average boost of about 10 centimeters.

Make sure you get a good warm-up and cool down and a stretch when doing plyo's. You'll be less sore, and less likely to injure yourself.
re: Plyometrics - anybody tried this?Jon
Sep 19, 2001 9:13 AM
I'm surprised a club would be doing plyos at this time of the season. They're usually periodized from
the strength-building portion of the off-season through to the early part of the race season. As peleton
says, start cautiously and don't go year round with them. The same training caveats should be used
with plyometrics as with high intensity intervals later in the year. For anyone that's interested, there's
a great periodization plan for cyclists, as well as a number of other sports, in a book entitled High
Powered Plyometrics, by Radcliffe and Farentinos.
re: Plyometrics - anybody tried this?harlett
Sep 19, 2001 11:46 AM
another good book is Jumping into Plyometrics by Donald A. Chu
plyometerics has it's detractors. it does have some high impact moves. some people do get into it without the foundation of strength needed. I have used it for help with skiing. I think it's important to start plyos with small jumps and increase height gradually and I only do phlyos once or twice a week when I add them to my routine.
re: Plyometrics - anybody tried this?cioccman
Sep 19, 2001 9:19 AM
I've just started to work them in slowly to my strength/weight training routine. Good stuff.
Yeszelig
Sep 19, 2001 11:05 AM
For the last 8 years after buying the Plyometrics book. I just use an old plastic milk crate with a piece of plywood screwed into the top and rubber footings on the bottom. Like you say, it's an intense workout for the legs, lungs and heart. Plus, it's cheap.
It's also very hard on your...Slow Ned
Sep 19, 2001 6:39 PM
...knees and other joints. If I recall, plyometrics surfaced in the US during the mid-80's, imported via Eastern-Bloc strength athletes. As a former powerlifter and football player, I experimented with plyometrics and heavy negatives to increase explosiveness.

No arguing the effect of these excercises, but my joints did suffer (and no, I was not jumping from the roof of my house while holding 2 bags of rock salt on my back). For most cycling purposes, I think the risks outweigh the benefits. Besides, you can get the "poor man's" version by doing standing sprint starts in a larger gear.

Be careful out there.

Your pal,

Slow Ned