Is plyometric training good for endurance athletes?


Plyometric training is good for all athletes. It adds reactive skill to the athlete, which is essential to all sports. This activity should be added to whatever regimen that is already in place and then once the athletes get the feel of it then you can make it a work out on its own. Twenty minutes of plyometric training feels like a lifetime! This is why you don't just want to jump into it, pun intended!

Plyometric training is very good for endurance athletes and any athlete for that matter. This is also known as Reactive or "jump" training and it will improve your reaction time in your sport which will help you reduce your risk for injuries and other strains during your sport. What plyometrics do is teach your brain to activate certain muscles at certain times to take the load of your body shifting at quick speed, so when your brain knows at what time to activate what muscles, you are less likely to twist your ankle or get a lot of impact in your spine and other, smaller joints. With plyometrics you will teach your brain that it can still work properly and efficiently, even when the body is tired. It's important that when you are doing your plyometric training and you get tired that you do not stop. It's ok to slow down, but pushing your brain past the tired point and still focusing on pulling your abs in tight during landing and planting your feet firmly, but lightly will be the push that helps you in your endurance sport. 

Plyometrics has many core benefits for endurance athletes:

  • Improved Speed
  • Improved Strength
  • Prevention of injuries
  • Improved connection between our body movement and our nervous system (e.g. how well the brain connects with the demands we have on our body)

The ability for muscles to react and fire in succession effectively will be strengthened and priceless when the body is in a fatigued state. 

Yes.  plyometric  exercises great for endurance athletes. The biggest benefit that I see for them would be that of having a little extra left in the tank for the desired “ Kick”. Most endurance athletes what to have the capability to have the kick for the end of their race, and incorporating a plyometric routine can give them just that. Plyometric exercises increase the power ability of the athlete and will in turn give them a better kick.
Yes, plyometric training be very beneficial for endurance athletes. Research has demonstrated that endurance athletes who incorporated plyometric training into their exercise routines improved their exercise economy, which means they used less energy at higher exercise intensities. Better economy will allow the endurance athlete to perform at a harder pace for a longer duration, which is very desirable if improved performance is the goal of the training program.

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