Class Profile: Balanced Plyometrics
We introduced the Balanced Plyometrics group-fitness class in December, and this unique workout is back to heat up our schedule in January.
If you are unfamiliar with plyometrics, the term was coined by U.S. Olympic long-distance runner Fred Wilt after watching Russian athletes prepare for track and field events. Wilt felt this training was a key to the athletes' success, and he quickly spread the word about plyometrics.
Plyometrics worked its way onto group-fitness schedules at health clubs and gyms around the country as a way for folks to strengthen muscles, build endurance and enhance their speed.
In a class like Balanced Plyometrics, you'll to exert a maximum force in as short a time as possible -- with the goal of increasing speed and power. This training focuses on learning how to move from a muscle extension to a contraction in a rapid, explosive way with repeated jumping.
Plyometrics are primarily used by athletes, especially martial artists and high jumpers, but we can take advantage of this form of training to improve our own performance -- especially when you add in the flexibility exercise that are blended into Balanced Plyometrics.