plyo·​met·​rics | \ ˌplī-ə-ˈme-triks How to pronounce plyometrics (audio) \

Definition of plyometrics

: exercise involving repeated rapid stretching and contracting of muscles (as by jumping and rebounding) to increase muscle power

Other Words from plyometrics

plyometric \ ˌplī-​ə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce plyometrics (audio) \ adjective

Examples of plyometrics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Think about it, maybe some quarterbacks need to spend less time sitting on their butts watching TV and more time training with battle ropes, doing plyometrics or working on functional mobility? Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 28 July 2022 To that end, the super senior from Burbank joined wide receiver teammates Jesse Matthews and Tyrell Shavers doing some private workouts that focused on plyometrics. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 July 2022 Lundstrom also likes to use plyometrics as part of the max effort training for his runners. Carl Leivers, Outside Online, 15 July 2019 Neither plyometrics nor ballistics are beginner training strategies. Men's Health, 31 May 2022 One response suggests strength training; another suggests plyometrics; another focuses on mitochondrial efficiency and other microscopic properties of muscle fibers. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 18 May 2020 Cooper, 5-10 and 190, ran cross-country to lose weight, did plyometrics to gain strength and bought his own discus to practice year-round. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 12 May 2022 Few runners care to make time to add plyometrics workouts to their training regimen. Matt Fitzgerald, Outside Online, 24 Nov. 2015 Two-footed jump rope is an easy introduction to low-intensity plyometrics. Kyle Norman, Outside Online, 4 Mar. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of plyometrics

1975, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for plyometrics

probably irregular from plio- + -metrics (as in isometrics)

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11 Aug 2022

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“Plyometrics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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