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Old 01-02-2010, 02:37 PM   #1
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Default Plyometric Ability: React like a cat and explode like lightning!

Here is the article:
http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/kelly24.htm

There are some things I just don't understand in this article. Like when they are showing the stair jumps like is it supposed to be as quickly as possible or just "relax" as they are saying, because the way the guy demonstrates it is he pauses when he hits the ground instead of bouncing back. Is this plyometric or reactive ability?

Please help clarify the article in a way that makes it more understandable.

I really need to tap into my functional strength I used to have a crazy amount.
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Old 01-02-2010, 02:59 PM   #2
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You land, and basically as quickly as you can pop back up onto the stair.
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Old 01-02-2010, 03:02 PM   #3
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You land, and basically as quickly as you can pop back up onto the stair.

yea but what does it mean by relaxing? Because I know I need to use my calves to bounce back up.
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Oh, I see what you're asking about. It basically means that the longer you wait to jump back up onto the box, the easier it will be. You don't want to wait around though, be quick.
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Old 01-02-2010, 03:24 PM   #5
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Oh, I see what you're asking about. It basically means that the longer you wait to jump back up onto the box, the easier it will be. You don't want to wait around though, be quick.


They might mean it in a different sense. Like they talked about Allen Iverson and Jordan. They do things very effortlessly because of their functional and reactive ability.
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Old 01-02-2010, 03:37 PM   #6
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Yeah, I dunno. Kelly usually describes things very well. You can always email him, he responds in like a day usually... very cool guy.
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Old 01-02-2010, 03:43 PM   #7
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Yeah, I dunno. Kelly usually describes things very well. You can always email him, he responds in like a day usually... very cool guy.

Yea Im going to do that I think this is what I really need.
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You doing any strength training too?
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Old 01-02-2010, 05:39 PM   #9
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You doing any strength training too?

well I was but then I figured I was losing speed and my athleticism I used to have. I wanted to get back to my old days when my athleticism was crazy.
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well I was but then I figured I was losing speed and my athleticism I used to have. I wanted to get back to my old days when my athleticism was crazy.

They say it's not really right to do that, though. Plyometircs are more of a side dish or something to strength training. Funny thing, though, is that I was also looking through Kelly's articles last night. I'll also try e-mailing him about this.

OT: How's the resolutions coming along MannyO?
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Old 01-03-2010, 01:26 AM   #11
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They say it's not really right to do that, though. Plyometircs are more of a side dish or something to strength training. Funny thing, though, is that I was also looking through Kelly's articles last night. I'll also try e-mailing him about this.

OT: How's the resolutions coming along MannyO?

Well I think different things work for different people. There are people who can do nothing but plyos and get great results... You have to great reactive ability to begin with tho. For most of us tho we need to combine strength training with Plyos.
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Old 01-03-2010, 08:48 AM   #12
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They say it's not really right to do that, though. Plyometircs are more of a side dish or something to strength training. Funny thing, though, is that I was also looking through Kelly's articles last night. I'll also try e-mailing him about this.

OT: How's the resolutions coming along MannyO?

So far Im getting better at the defensive end and my offensive game is coming along I just have to get my jumpshot more consistent.

Hows yours going?

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Well I think different things work for different people. There are people who can do nothing but plyos and get great results... You have to great reactive ability to begin with tho. For most of us tho we need to combine strength training with Plyos.

Thats true. I think that this one about reactive ability is for me because in junior High I used to be crazy athletic. I was about 5'9 grabbing rim off the vert 2 hands and all that stuff with acrobatic layups you name it. But I stopped being active for some time and I think I lost it.
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Old 01-03-2010, 05:49 PM   #13
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Default Re: Plyometric Ability: React like a cat and explode like lightning!

Yea it's easy to lose but easy to get back because of muscle memory. I'd say within 3 months you will be back to where you were if you play about 3 times per week.
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Old 01-14-2010, 01:21 PM   #14
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same thing happened to me I quit playin for awhile and I lost it .....but I started this new program about two months ago and everthing came back quick and then some....
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:30 PM   #15
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The main thing about plyometrics is don't over complicate the workouts. For the easiest example just take sprinting a short distance as fast as you can. Or if you're boxing, short flurries of punches. Or pull ups as fast as you can. The key is to not feel fatigue and turn it into a cardio marathon, otherwise you're doing it wrong. They're made for real life scenarios so you can be explosive at them when the time comes.

As stated, they're more a side dish to strength training than their own workouts. So don't make a day filled with plyo exercises. Just add a couple different ones on the days you're already working out. There's a million different ones you can do so pick and choose which ones you need. Otherwise you're just they'll be so spread out you won't improve much.

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