Plyometrics in CrossFit
Plyometric jump training is one of the most effective methods for developing the physical skills prescribed in the CrossFit methodology, specifically strength and power. For the competitive CrossFit athlete plyometrics cannot be overlooked.
In our previous blog post, we focused on a pivotal training study that demonstrated how combined power and strength training is superior to just strength training alone. The study highlighted the importance of training athletes to perform within the plyometric ‘safe zone’. In a follow up post, we discussed the many benefits of instant feedback using Smartjump and how coaches can effectively train athletes to stay in the ‘optimal plyometric zone’ while maintaining good contact times.
How is this applicable to a CrossFit athlete?
Beyond the ability to safely develop power and speed while training, Smartjump’s plyometric applications directly translate into the world of CrossFit. For example, rebound box jumps are a popular movement tested in the CrossFit open, regionals and games. Incorporating Smartjump into an athlete’s training, coaches and athletes are able to train more effectively whilst minimizing the potential for injury.
Our upcoming blogs will explore how Smartjump can be used daily to monitor overall athlete health and wellness before and after each training sesson. We will highlight some of the different performance standards available with Smartjump’s Reactive Strength Index, Peak Power Output and leg stiffness variables and discuss how coaches can utilize these metrics. The last post of this series will demonstrate some of the many different ways Smartjump can be used in a Crossfit WOD.