When it comes to building power in the legs a plyometric session or sessions is needed.
Plyometrics are probably the best
Because of the explosive movement, you put yourself through
Over time you build explosive power.
Therefore athletes train with a lot of,
Plyometric type exercises.
They need that extra spring and explosion in their sport.
Hockey, basketball, football, soccer,
They all require it.
But the good thing about plyometrics is that they will also,
Help define the legs as well.
Because at the end of it all you are still putting your legs through a workout,
Which causes high tension in the muscle.
And when there is high tension there is growth.
I remember being in college and some of our lessons
In our anatomy classes and practical classes,
Was on how to build power in the legs.
And the combination of plyometrics with weights came around.
And boy was that a hard session.
I remember being in the middle of a hex bar and squat jumping with it,
With weight on each side.
Not only did my legs tire out and burn but the fatigue I had in them,
The next 3 days were unreal.
Mind you I always push myself hard.
But plyometrics are a fantastic way to train the lower body.
I remember first finding out and trying plyometrics when I did the p90x video.
This was when I was around 20 years old.
I remember looking at the disc and saying plyometrics?
The hell is that?
Back at that age, it wasn’t exactly a common thing yet to just,
Go on the internet and search things up.
So, I popped in the disc and ended up completing it,
But had the soreness for the next two days.
And I remember thinking to myself, I have another 2 months of this omg lol.
But even though I hated plyometrics,
And I still do but to a smaller degree,
I just respect it now.
But I continued to incorporate it for the next couple of years.
And it really showed and helped.
My explosiveness in everything I did increased.
I became a faster runner
I could jump higher.
I put on more muscle on my legs
And my lifts became better as well.
When I continued to incorporate it in college and then with weights,
Was even harder.
Now if you have some injuries you are battling,
Plyometrics might not be the best thing to get into right now.
Because of the explosivity and impact on your feet, it could
Possibly cause more aggravation or further your injury.
So, I would suggest you wait and heal up first.
If you are a heavy-set person, then I would lose some weight first.
Although you could do low-impact work which is still fine.
I would lose some weight first before getting into the more explosive techniques.
And if you haven’t tried them or added them into your leg days,
Then you should give it a shot.
In my current training schedule, I use them like a burnout method.
Near the end of my training session.
Because right at the start I like to dedicate my time to heavier lifting
And more controlled movement which is what I am all about.
But on the last couple sets ill through in some light plyo work.
But you can start off with something small.
Like hop squats.
Quite easy to do and is light on the feet.
And don’t get that confused for jumping squats.
Those are more explosive.
Hop squats are just your feet leaving the ground.
You can incorporate so many different movements and build on them.
So, start adding them to your routine.
And building more power in your legs.
And understand why a plyometric session I needed every now and then.
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