Let’s Talk Track – Plyo of the Month

Besides being a full-time medical student… in my free time I enjoy coaching a HS track and field team. I love the kids, but one of the benefits for me is that I continue to incorporate new exercises into my workouts!

With my then freshman athlete after she got the school record in the high jump! (2015)

With my then freshman athlete after she got the school record in the high jump! (2015)

Plyometrics (plyos) are exercises that coaches use to increase an athlete’s strength, speed, and power. Some people associate plyos with “jumping drills”, because a lot of them incorporate some type of jumping movement. Once a month I will do a spotlight on a specific exercise so that you can incorporate plyos into your regular workout routine. Besides improving an athlete’s performance in sports, plyos are a great way to increase cardiovascular fitness and strength in a shorter period of time.

With any exercise regimen, it is important that you attempt new exercises at your own risk. Do not try an exercise that is beyond your own personal ability. I will include exercises that are more basic and more advanced for some variety. If you have questions regarding if you should incorporate plyometric training into your physical activity routine, ask your doctor or other qualified health professional.

Standing Jump Over Barrier

4 sets of 5-10 reps

This is a great video of this plyometric exercise! You can use a cone, box, pillow, or anything that is about 1-2 feet tall. 

Beginner Plus 1 cone, hurdle, pillow

(approx. 1-2 ft high)

Baseball, Basketball, Football


  • Stand with feet shoulder width apart
  • Jump & bring knees up to jump over the barrier
  • Keep body in a straight line with knees pointing straight ahead
My name is Emma Petshow and I am a 3rd year naturopathic medical student at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. For more about myself, check out my bio. This blog is intended for information about preventive health and lifestyle improvement. The information contained on this blog is not to be used as medical advice. For specific medical advice you should consult your physician.

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