Whether you’re sprinting, breaking away or chasing, you need power in your legs to make it happen. Plyometric training is the perfect way to increase this power.
In a nutshell, plyometric training requires workouts in which, instead of doing long, constant and tiring exercise, you do short burst exercises focusing primarily on jumping and other ‘bursting’ motions. According to Sports Science Institute biokineticist Chad Gravenhorst, it’s all about muscle memory. ‘These (plyometric) exercises use the stretch-shortening cycle that occurs when a muscle undergoes rapid concentric contraction. The ability of the muscle to adapt to this stretch-shortening cycle should enable the individual to generate greater power.’
Gravenhorst has put together three workouts that will improve your power output, and ensure that you blitz your next race.