… and other plyometric truths.
The East Germans — back before the Berlin Wall came down — knew a thing or two about Olympic training. Remember their women’s swim team in the 1976 Montreal Olympics? I sure do, and many current NFL linebackers can only dream of shoulder and neck definition like those chlorine-soaked poolside beauties sported in the Games. Let’s overlook the fact that many of those swimmers used chemical supplements to reach their goals…
The East Germans and/or Soviets, so I have come to learn, also invented plyometric training, or “jump training” to the uninitiated. It involves having your muscles exert as much force in as short a time as possible, with the goal of gaining greater power and speed. That means you get to do a bunch of jumping around. Which should enhance overall fitness.
Sadly for those of us struggling to get more fit, today’s fitness & health gurus love plyometric training and impart its benefits at every opportunity. Walk into any gym and glance over at a personal trainer working with a client. I’ll wager the student is either jumping onto and off a weight bench — or over one — or they are doing some sort of hopping lunge routine. With or without weights! Hey, let’s pretend there a logs rolling down the hall and we have to jump over them in order to get out!.. Woh!
The problem for me is that I have flat feet and wear orthotics. [Very sexy!] This means God did not intend for me to do a lot of jumping while here on earth. He put me — and my feet especially — very close to the ground. But my Power 90 dvd and its big brother, P90X, have a lot of plyometric exercise included in their home-based workouts.
I don’t dispute that plyometric training is useful in an overall fitness routine, just that it is especially challenging for Ol’ Flatfoot to utilize.