Plyometrics, also known as “jump training” or “plyos”, are exercises based around having muscles exert maximum force in short intervals of time, with the goal of increasing both speed and power. This training focuses on learning to move from a muscleextension to a contraction in a rapid or “explosive” manner, for example with specialized repeated jumping. Plyometrics are primarily used by athletes to improve performance.
Plyometrics is the term now applied to exercises that have their roots in Europe, where they were first known simply as “jump training.” Interest in this jump training increased in the early 1970’s as East European athletes emerged as powers on the world sport scene.
The actual term ‘plyometrics’ was first coined in 1975 by Fred Wilt, one of America’s more forward-thinking track and field coaches. Based on Latin origins, plyo + metrics is interpreted to mean ‘measurable increases.’ These seemingly exotic exercises were thought to be responsible for the rapid competitiveness and growing superiority of Eastern Europeans in track and field events. Plyometrics rapidly became known to coaches and athletes as exercises or drills aimed at linking strength with speed of movement to produce power. Plyometric training became essential to athletes who jumped, lifted or threw.
Team practice alone is no longer enough to develop the necessary skills to be successful in today’s Junior, Senior, High or College Sports Programs. You need to exceed what is required from yourself to rise above the competition, and improve your overall game. The few that are able to do this are usually the ones who will advance to the next level. You must take ownership of your abilities. It’s your responsibility to develop the individual skills that will take your game to a higher level – not your coach. He has the whole team concept to develop and evaluate how you fit into it. “Champions are made outside of practice!”
About Coach Mike Rangel – Founder of PlyoCity Youth Development Mike Rangel has been studying and training athletes for over 20 years. As a “High Flyer” at Long Beach State on the men’s volleyball team in the 70’s, Mike was recognized as someone who truly understood jumping.
- Largest plyometric trainer in the US and St. Louis.
- Over 30,000 athletes trained in the last 8 years.
- Currently training approximately 5,000 athletes.
- Trained many World Class athletes.
- Over 20 years background in jump training/plyometric training (see Dunkin Donuts article, Feb 1981).
- Currently training over 60 High School, College and Club Programs.
- Mobile Training where instructors come to teams and athletes.
- Guarantees 4-6 inches increase in vertical jump after three months of twice per week workouts.
- Currently training multiple teams and both male and female athletes at all their participating schools.
- Currently Cross-training athletes in the following sports: Badminton, Basketball, Baseball, Cheerleading, Diving, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey, Ice Skating, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, and Wrestling.
- Recommended/Endorsed by over 250 Area High School, Club, and College coaches.
- Exclusive Plyo trainer to 3 time Olympic Gold Medalist Karch Kiraly, MVP of the AVP Mike Lambert and Athens and Beijing Gold Medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh.