plyo·​met·​rics ˌplī-ə-ˈme-triks How to pronounce plyometrics (audio)
plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: exercise involving repeated rapid stretching and contracting of muscles (as by jumping and rebounding) to increase muscle power
plyometric adjective

Examples of plyometrics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Creatine is most effective when used in conjunction with bodybuilding, strength training, HIIT, and other explosive movements like plyometrics and sprinting (running and cycling). Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 11 Oct. 2022 Strength workouts focus on plyometrics—exercises in which the muscles exert a lot of force in short intervals. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 17 Dec. 2022 The unconventional design is meant to be versatile enough to use in cardio workouts (as an aerobic step or for plyometrics), as well as for strength workouts. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 17 Nov. 2022 In addition to their other performance benefits, plyometrics also help improve flexibility and the body's ability to react to impact. Amanda MacMillan, Outside Online, 27 May 2015 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 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plyometrics was in 1975

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“Plyometrics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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