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5 Plyometric Exercises For Triathlon Training | Improve Your Speed & Power

Plyometrics, or explosive activities, are really beneficial to triathletes. They help muscles reach their maximal force in the shortest amount of time, therefore, improving our running speed and power on the bike.

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The 5 plyometric exercises we would recommend when training for triathlon include:
– Box Jumps
– Depth Jumps
– Single Leg Square hops
– Straight Leg Bounds
– Bounding

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Comments (8)

Thank you for a very interesting video. During my Ironman week in Kona (as tourist I must clarify) I’ve noticed that the vast majority of the age groupers have an above average Vastus Medialis. The same feature seems common in most accomplished fellow cyclists from my local club. While I believe this is a genetic indication of being built for success in endurance sports I would like to know if this can be also trained at certain extent. Despite the same level of regular training I cannot match these guys performance which seem to progress faster and with less effort than me.

Does Heather have any education or experience in personal training, or does it come from being around other coaches as an athlete? She’s really good at it.

So plyometrics are good for you to put into your program, but no explanation is given..

Straight leg bounds are plyometric exercises? Hmmm. No. Please don’t try to do these while “exerting maximum force”. They are good running drills but not plyometric. Wish you guys had shown some upper body plyometric exercises which can be useful for swimming and/or discussed the usefulness of combining heavy lifting and plyometric exercises together. So much possibility with this topic that was missed.

If you people really want to know how to use plyometrics and weights and program them properly, I would recommend reading the relevant chapters from a strength and conditioning text book (the NSCA Essentials of s&c is the one I recommend).

I’m about 4 weeks into doing plyometrics for the first time and have already started to notice a big difference in both my swimming and cycling. Excited to see what this will mean next summer!

I am doing these exercises 5:02 for a couple of years. But they appeared to be the most traumatic. I hit my shin a few times when I missed the top of the box. Just this week I cut the skin on my shin open when I hit the rubber top while trying taller table. There was a lot of blood. Are there injury preventing techniques?

How many times a week would you look to complete this training? Or any gym/strength work? (That’s for an amateur). I’m doing standard length but pondering half iron next year.

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