Strength, Fitness & Plyometrics

Fitness fads come and go, but effective methods have staying power. For those interested in improving maximal strength along with overall fitness, a study published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport suggests combining resistance training with plyometrics. Scientists conducted a meta-analysis of 15 studies and concluded that anyone can gain from plyometric training – especially when it's incorporated into a weight lifting program. It worked for men and women, trained and untrained subjects.

The Bigger Picture: Plyometric training can make the cardio aspect of your fitness program a whole lot more interesting than a boring run on the treadmill. For best results, researchers recommended engaging in about 15 sessions of plyometrics over the course of 10 weeks and including some high-intensity exercises that encompass more than 40 jumps per session.
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