Before starting a plyometric training program you need to first find a good fitness trainer with extensive experience with this type of fitness training.
But where can you find the best personal trainers who can guide you safely and effectively through your plyometric exercises?
Plyometrics are can be dangerous if not performed properly so you should find a good trainer with experience to be on the safe side.
As with any types of fitness training, plyometric training should begin with you knowing exactly what it is all about and then finding a good trainer who can guide you in the early stages.
A good trainer will also be able to teach you proper form, which can be difficult at the start.
If you're unsure, plyometrics just refers to very specific types of fitness training exercises that are intended to increase over-all athletic power and performance. It can be broken down into muscle strength and muscle contraction speed.
A plyometric training program will for the most part include numerous exercises or drills that will effectively strengthen your muscle tissues and properly condition your nerve cells for high intensity muscle contractions.
Plyometrics will force your muscles to adapt to be able to produce a tremendous amount of power and speed in a very quick time period. On top of that, a plyometric training program will help you to build up and improve your explosiveness without actually affecting your body weight, lean muscle or strength.
Muscle contractions during plyometrics will consist of a couple different stages. At the start of a plyometric exercise a fast eccentric change takes place, followed quickly by a short-term priming stage. The final stage is a very explosive concentric one that will permit all of the synergistic muscles to become involved in the myotatic-stretch response in the stretch-shortening chain.
Plyometrics are very sport specific so at the start at least, you will need to have supervision and instruction from an expert who is familiar with your sport.
Here are a few ways that you can find the proper sources that can provide you with the safe and effective instructional guidance you seek...
The first thing to do is look on the internet for the specific type of plyometric training program you require.
There are some websites that offer plyometric training programs that offer membership plans for ongoing training.
In most cases you will get access to a training program that has been designed specifically for your needs and compiled by a number of experts who are familiar with the types of training you are interested in and the goals you have.
When searching online you may also come across all types of plyometrics equipment and other related products which can help you further.
Another option is to look for any type of plyometric videos either online or at fitness stores.
With videos you will be able to see step-by-step instructions and how each exercise needs to be performed both for effectiveness and for safety.
The only problem with video instruction is that they are made as a one-size-fits-all system while plyometrics in general are not.
A plyometric training program has to be based on your physical condition, your specific sport, speed, strength, as well as other factors.
You may be able to find some plyometric video that are sport specific but make sure that if you play a sport such as hockey you don't make the mistake of picking up a plyometric video that is for football.
The next area to investigate would be through a good book.
This isn’t the best way to learn about this subject but it can give you a
good over view of the basic principles of the drills and exercises you
need to perform.
As mentioned earlier, your best option is to find personal trainers with extensive experience in developing a plyometric program for your sport.
A local expert in your area can at the very least get you started in the right direction. You may even find that the results you are getting with your personal trainer are so good that it would be worthwhile for you to continue on with these sessions.
However, don't just find any personal trainer, find one who has a number of years of experience in plyometric instruction.
In order for you to be able to find the right personal trainer don't just rely on what someone at your gym says, do some digging around to find out if the personal trainer is good with plyometrics.
Types of fitness training like plyometrics should not be taken lightly because of the high risk of injury if you don’t use the exact form required.