Plyometrics

These exercises are explosive and help to build, power, strength and speed. The most important element when considering performance technique is the landing. It must be soft! When you land from a jump, you want to softly accept your weight on the balls of your feet, slowly rolling back to the heel with a bent knee and a straight hip.

  • These exercises are basic, however, it is critical to perform them correctly.
  • Please take the time to ensure safe and correct completion of these exercises.

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    Lateral Hops Over Cone

    (20 reps) Elapsed Time: 9.5 – 10min

    Purpose: Increase power/strength emphasizing neuromuscular control.

    Instruction: Stand with a 6” cone to your left. Hop to the left over the cone softly landing on the balls of your feet and bending at the knee.
    • Hop to the right and repeat this pattern for 20 repetitions.
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    Forward/Backward Hops Over Cone

    (20 reps) Elapsed Time: 10 – 10.5 min

    Purpose: Increase power/strength emphasizing neuromuscular control.

    Instruction: Hop over the cone/ball, softly landing on the balls of your feet and bending at the knee. Now, hop backwards over the cone using the same landing technique. Be careful not to snap your knee back to straighten it. You want to maintain a slight bend to the knee.
    • Repeat for 20 reps.
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    Single Leg Hops Over Cone

    (20 reps) Elapsed Time: 10.5 – 11 min

    Purpose: Increase power/strength emphasizing neuromuscular control.

    Instruction: Hop over the cone landing on the ball of your foot and bending at the knee. Now, hop backwards over the cone using the same landing technique. Be careful not to snap your knee back to straighten it. You want to maintain a slight bend to the knee.
    • Repeat for 20 reps. Now, stand on the left leg and repeat the exercise. Increase the number of repetitions as needed.
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    Vertical Jumps

    (20 reps) Elapsed Time: 11 – 11.5 min

    Purpose: Increase height of vertical jump.

    Instruction: Stand forward with hands at your side. Slightly bend the knees and push off jumping straight up. Remember the proper landing technique; accept the weight on the ball of your foot with a slight bend to the knee.
    • Repeat 20 times.
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    Scissors Jump

    (20 reps) Elapsed Time: 11.5 – 12 min

    Purpose: Increase power and strength of vertical jump.

    Instruction: Lunge forward leading with your right leg. Keep your knee over your ankle. Now, push off with your right foot and propel your left leg forward into a lunge position. Be sure your knee does not cave in or out. It should be stable and directly over the ankle. Remember the proper landing technique; accept the weight on the ball of your foot with a slight bend to the knee.
    • Repeat 20 times.