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Plyometrics and Powerlifting

Hey guys,
I am wondering about the benfits of plyometrics to the big three (squat, bench, deadlift).

My question is have people found plyometrics has helped them improve their big three and if so what type of plyometrics did they start on and how often did they do it etc?

Indra

The stronger you are, the more potential they have to help your total. Even then, plyos must be used sparingly and carefully. An intermediate step would be accelerative lifting methods, AKA WSB approach

[quote]indra wrote:
Hey guys,
I am wondering about the benfits of plyometrics to the big three (squat, bench, deadlift).

My question is have people found plyometrics has helped them improve their big three and if so what type of plyometrics did they start on and how often did they do it etc?

Indra[/quote]

They certainly have thier place. Like Charles wrote, carefully and sparingly. It seems to me that plyos may be the most misunderstood and misused of all the training protocols I know of.

they definetly will boost your lifts…start off with low box step off’s and stick the landing in athletic position…progress towards box jumps…superset some box jumps with your squats…

there is too much to go into…but there are tons of good books and im sure articles here or elsewhere on them…I think Donald Chu wrote one that would be good to start getting and understanding…or Mel Siff Supertraining would have info…and NSCA articles

Yes, although plyometrics is still an inaccurate, westernized term. It should be referred to as “shock-training”, as its inventor Verkhoshansky named it. If implemented properly, depth jumps will help your squat but even moreso your deadlift.

I recommend you pick up some of the older Russian weightlifting translated texts and see how they implemented depth jumps into their training and what they discovered.