Plyometrics: Measuring what Matters


As I wind up the 2 hour mediacast for this weekend, necessary information such as hurdle spacing and approach speeds/distances become more and more vital. Often the physiological discussion of plyometrics is talked about, but the application of the specific set-ups are never talked about. For example, speed bounds with a 5-7m run up from standing is a great way to develop ricochet style of ground contacts but a walking speed is often necessary to teach more developing power when bounding. Hurdle spacing for hurdle hops (jumps) is often a yard for convenience but is it right? What about stiffness? Should we be slaves to the Optojump or Forceplates? I am a big fan of field tests and looking for change, and leaving technology to a minimum. Distances can be measured easily and chronometers are enough to get improvements in time. When talking about plyos I ask the set-up information for both microcyles and equipment, leading the conversation to better information.

Carl Valle

Carl Valle

Track & Field Coach
Carl is an expert coach who has produced champions in swimming, track and numerous other sports. He is one of the foremost experts in the fields of nutrition and restoration.
Carl Valle

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