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Old 10-16-2007, 08:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Do plyometric exercises have a place in the training regime of a martial artist?

My question is exactly that in a nutshell:do plyometric exercises have a place in the training regime of a martial artist? If so, why? Or why not?
Have you had any personal experience with plyometrics? What results did you obtain with them,and would you reccommend them? Why or why not? How do you feel that plyometrics affected your performance as a martial artist?
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Old 10-16-2007, 08:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I definitely recommend plyometrics. They are a great tool for any athlete, and definitely apply well to martial arts. I wouldn't suggest doing plyometrics solely, but adding a 30 minute session once a week can do amasing things for speed, explosiveness, power, and also endurance. Here's a good link on plyometrics as well:
Development of elastic strength through the use of plyometrics
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Old 10-17-2007, 05:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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UHHHHH YES. They help with explosive strength and the development of fast twitch muscles
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Old 10-17-2007, 05:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Agreed. Definately they build explosive power. That will help you all over the place, especially in throws and takedowns
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Old 10-17-2007, 06:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Of course they do. They help build explosiveness which is key to any MMA fight.
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Old 10-17-2007, 09:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Can I consider squat thrusts and mountain climbers plyometrics, or are they just calisthenics that suck?
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Old 10-18-2007, 01:15 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I have to tell you though. I have been doing plyos for a while not. I was actually doing it before I even touched free weights.

Now when I go to my gym and do plyos and endurance lifting (low weight, high reps) all the huge roid heads stare at me like "WTF is that going to do for you?"

To them it will look stupid and pointless but it works on body parts that are crucial come fight time
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Old 10-18-2007, 05:10 PM   #8 (permalink)
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ive been lookin into plyos alot lately and it says that kickboxers and wrestlers it would help greatly for kicks and takedowns this is my first season of hs wrestling didnt do it freshman or soph year i did jiujitsu but starting to do plyometrics to try and get good at wrestling
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Can you give me some videos, because I just dont understand it properly with a text.
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Instead of just pushing/pulling a weight, your letting the weight(body, iron, medicine ball) Push your muscles before you push back. Imagine something falling onto a trampoline. It involves the stretch response of your muscles, which is something you dont always use in day to day activities
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