A point of clarification: Plyo (Plio) metrics actually refers to eccentric muscle action.
He is right however when stating that by doing traditional plyo’s, one can recruit more M.U.'s than most other types of weight training.
How it helps for fat loss however I am not sure. Since traditional plyo training is VERY stressful, it should be performed seldomly, and with complete rest within the training week. I can’t see it having any type of direct effect on fat loss. Now, if you do other type of repetitive jump training, I am sure it may have the same effect as a weightlifting workout with the same intensity in that it may increase oxygen consumption post workout leading to a possible fat loss. In other words, it could probably just be viewed as another stimulus than weighttraining for fat loss. I WOULD NOT try to do traditional plyo’s for a “cardio” workout (repetitive reps for a long time) as well I would still limit the regular jump training. If you are a woman, be especially careful with this type of training, because if your leg strength is not up to par, you are more susceptable to knee injuies.
Hope that helps,
Plyo is doing power movements. “Plyo” is just a nice friendly way of saying you will be doing power movements. Basically the premise is to use (recruit) as many muscle receptors as physically possible in a split second. As was already said, this is extremely beneficial to an athlete. How it helps you?
The more muscle you can recruit the more calories can be burned… the more muscle can be built to increase metabolism. Also, the more strength and neuro muscular efficiency you will have (which is a good bonus). “Plyo” movements for someone just starting should come from basic movements. If you understand a good squat (not to be confused with olympic style squatting) try to do jumping squats. If you can do pushups properly…try clapping pushups. If you can do lunges properly, try jumping lunges.
Usually women go to “step class” for plyo experience. I highly recommend you get the basic movements down and understand how to incorporate power into your training. I believe if you look up coach davies workouts at T-Nation…you will see some good examples.