Plyometrics Exercises: What You Need To Know

Plyometric workouts (or “plyo,” for short) have been espoused by elite athletes for years, and they’ve recently gained traction in the general fitness world.

Plyo workouts essentially involve jumping, skipping, hopping, and one-legged bounces. If your mind immediately harkened back to your playground days, you’re not too far off-base. In fact, plyometric workouts used to be referred to as “jump training.”

Our elementary-school selves were onto something, though, as plyometric workouts have distinct health and fitness benefits.

Here’s what you need to know about plyometric workouts as you consider adding them to your fitness routine.

What Can I Expect From a Plyometric Workout?

We mentioned that plyo workouts involve jumping, but it’s much more structured than that. Throughout a plyometric workout, you engage in a series of explosive jumps, jump squats, and one-leg hops.

Every time you perform a jump and land it, you stretch and fire your muscles. This combination of stretching and contracting (landing and jumping again) is one of the best ways to work your leg muscles.

Unlike cardio or core exercises, you don’t want to add plyo to your routine on a daily basis. Your muscles will need a break after such intense exercise, so incorporate plyo about every three days.

What Are the Benefits of A Plyometric Workout?

While plyo shouldn’t constitute the bulk of your fitness routine, it can be a great option for athletes who want to condition their fast-twitch muscles.

Plyo simulates the explosive muscle movements you’d perform during basketball (jump shots), baseball or softball (an infielder fielding a far-away grounder), tennis (a serve), volleyball (a spike), and just about any high-paced athletic competition you could think of.

If you want to be at the top of your athletic game, you should strongly consider plyo workouts.

Additionally, plyo adds a dynamic energy to your workout. If you get bored running for miles on a treadmill, plyo is a much faster-paced workout you can perform.

Even if you’re not an athlete but want to strengthen your legs and glutes, plyo could work for you.

Where Can I Do a Plyo Workout?

At our local gym in Bethlehem, we have the boxes and fitness space you need for a plyo routine. Our state-of-the-art fitness floor has ample space so that you can engage in this dynamic workout without worrying about falling onto the elliptical next to you.

If you’re just establishing a fitness routine or want more guidance for a plyo workout, consider working with one of our personal trainers. Let them know your fitness goals and ask them if plyometrics makes sense for your body.

Plyo Workouts at Steel Fitness Riverport

To take your fitness routine to new heights (literally, see how high you can jump after a few weeks of plyo training), join Steel Fitness Riverport today.

We’re a great option for anyone who’s searched “gym near me” to no avail, or for those specifically seeking plyo training.

Register for a free three-day pass today and see what we’re all about at Steel Fitness Riverport!

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Joint Protection Tips

While there are innumerable benefits to working out and establishing a dedicated fitness routine, there are only a few downsides.

One potential obstacle, if not preempted, involves joint pain associated with high-impact workouts. If your body isn’t used to running on a treadmill, you might notice some achy knees. Similarly, if you’ve never taken a HIIT workout class before and now you go a few times per week, your shoulders and ankles might be giving you a bit of trouble.

The solution to joint pain during a workout isn’t to stop working out; instead, you should take precaution and strategically choose your workout so that you can have a sustainable, healthy fitness routine.

Our local gym in Bethlehem, Steel Fitness Riverport, is committed to educating our clients so that they feel empowered and comfortable in the gym.

Consider these tips from Steel Fitness Riverport to minimize joint pain as you exercise.

1. Find Proper Fitting Shoes and Insoles

If you’ve always had knee, hip, and ankle pain, finding the right pair of shoes can make all the difference in the world. Don’t just put on any old flimsy running shoe. It’s worth the investment to go to a local shoe store, have your stride analyzed, and buy a shoe that fits your foot correctly.

Similarly, consider a shoe insole or orthotic for added support. New shoe insoles on the market, such as those from NOENE as seen on Shark Tank, use shock-absorbing technology to disperse harmful vibrations associated with impact.

If you have existing conditions such as arthritis, be sure to consult with your doctor to get their opinion as well.

2. Take Low-Impact Group Exercise Classes

One of the best ways to ensure you’re training in a safe manner is to take group exercise classes. We highly recommend spinning, anti-gravity fitness, and yoga.

By design, these group fitness classes are low-impact yet high-intensity workouts. You still get a great sweat without needing to do squat jumps or treadmill runs.

Check out our group fitness schedule today to find a class that works at our local gym in Bethlehem.

3. Hire a Personal Trainer

If you experience chronic pain or significant joint pain, working with a personal trainer might be your best bet for a safe fitness regimen. Each of the personal trainers at our local gym is certified and experienced — it’s their job to tailor workouts to fit the individual needs of their clients, and they have the exercise science background to do so effectively.

For more information about personal trainers at our local gym, check out the personal training page.

Finding a Gym Nearby

Steel Fitness Riverport is a premier fitness club in Bethlehem. Our facilities include a state-of-the-art workout floor, outdoor training, group exercise classes, and luxury locker rooms. We also partner with Steel Fitness Premier in Allentown, so you can access their aquatic center, group classes, and gym nearby.

Become a member of Steel Fitness Riverport today, and develop a fitness routine with longevity in mind.

 

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