Hi, this is Mike Young, of Athletic Lab Sports Performance Training Center. Thanks for tuning in to my presentation. I’ll be discussing how I implement a mechanical or physics-based model for plyometric progressions.
If I were to ask for a virtual show of hands by posing a question, how many of you listening to this presentation have a hierarchy or a progression model for your plyometrics? I’m sure many of you would answer, yes. However, what if I told you that everything you’ve ever learned about plyometric progressions may be wrong.
Many coaches have a system which they use to categorize their plyometric exercises to establish progressions and intensity. One of the most common means of designing a hierarchy for the intensity of plyometrics is using the name of the exercise to define the intensity. For example, a depth jump is classically defined as a very intense plyometric exercise. Meanwhile, something like a skip is classically defined as quite easy. This can work in many scenarios. But as we will see, as we move forward here, it’s very easy to poke a hole and make exceptions to this naming protocol.