If you do not know what plyometrics is, no doubt you soon will. Fitness classes across the country are incorporating this advanced training technique. Typically, elite athletes have used this training to push themselves to the next level, such as jumping higher or exploding out of the starting blocks. But can recreational athletes use this training? If so, how should they modify it to fit their needs?

Elite athletes, including professional and Olympic athletes, have used plyometric training for decades to increase their sports performance. Recreational athletes may need to approach this technique with caution. Although several guidelines have been proposed, there is nothing in place at this time to determine the ideal quantity or intensity of plyometric training.

So should you do plyometrics? It depends on your goals. If you are a recreational athlete who has no desire to compete or increase performance in any particular sport, you may not benefit from plyometrics. But if you have specific, sports-related goals, talk with a qualified trainer about adding plyometrics to your training. Before you do anything, though, understand the basics about plyometrics so that you stay safe and injury-free.