Someone mentioning they have Soviet training secrets used to be a big deal. One secret that American coaches noticed was the Soviet athletes doing jumping drills before competition, rather than the traditional static stretching. This jumping work eventually became known as plyometrics and the foundation of this field came from the research of Soviet researcher Dr. Yuri Verkhoshansky and his American friend and translator of his work, Dr. Michael Yessis. His athletes went on to attain greatness and to break world records.
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Plyometrics, a method for developing greater speed and explosive power, is now very popular in the athletic and fitness fields. More specifically:. Plyometrics was created by Dr. Yuri Verkhoshansky a former Soviet sports scientist and coach, in the late s and early s. He called his method the shock method which more accurately described what happens in a true plyometric action.
Meanwhile in the United States Fred Wilt, a track coach, observed the Russians executing these exercises and labeled it plyometrics. In the s Dr. Michael Yessis, who did some work with Dr. Verkhoshansky, introduced the shock method in the U. Upon reading his initial material other authors soon wrote books in which plyometrics were described as jump exercises not as shock exercises.
They were easier to perform and the name plyometrics stayed with them. Build a Better Athlete is the culmination of over 50 years of study and practical experiences in working with athletes to develop their full potential.
Purchase product now. Gain access to a wealth of free content to extend your sports training and receive updates on the latest sports training news. Home About Dr. About Dr. What Is Plyometrics? More specifically: The forced stretch creates great tension in the muscle and tendon. The greater the load during the forced stretching and the quicker the load is applied, the greater is the energy accumulated.
Energy for the reverse action is given back when the muscle and especially the tendon, undergo shortening to enable the action to occur. Jumps are used most frequently in plyometric training. The most significant aspect of plyometrics is how quickly the action is executed, usually in 0. History: Plyometrics was created by Dr.
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Verkhoshansky's Depth Jumps Create Gains in Max Strength
Professor Yuri Verkhoshansky is predominantly known to most westerner readers as the Russian researcher who invented plyometric training Shock Method. Many coaches and sport scientists around the world, however, recognize Y. Verkhoshansky as a prominent figure in the field of explosive strength training, one of the greatest experts in the theory of sports training whose ideas was implemented and expanded as: Methodology of Special Strength Training and Special Physical Preparation, Long Delay Training Effect, Conjugate—Sequence System Training and Block Training System known in the West as Block Periodization. To a few sport training experts, he is known as the first scientist applied the Physiology of Adaptation in the theoretic analysis of the sport training process. To add to his long list of contributions, he created the Shock Method and invented the Depth Jump. Soon after, he became the head coach of the Moscow United Team in the sprint and jump events and coach of the European record holding sprinter Boris Zubov. Verkhoshansky began his first scientific research and wrote numerous articles describing his training methods.