Sample Class: Plyometric Progressions

Classes that appeal to athletes often intimidate many beginning- and intermediate-level exercisers; however, participants of all levels can do a challenging plyometrics class if you give them options. Jumping, in fact, can provide a foundation for inclusive, fun and effective training. By teaching with layers, you facilitate self-paced progression that challenges everyone.

Jump Onboard Details

Format: Layered plyometric intervals using a step platform. Total time: Approximately 1 hour. Each five-layer block can take anywhere from 1 minute 45 seconds to 3 minutes. Repeating each block twice, using six different blocks, can take anywhere from 15 to 40 minutes. Add the warm-up and cool-down to complete the class. Equipment: One step platform per participant; however, any equipment can easily be incorporated. Music: High-energy music set to 130 beats per minute. This will help you keep time for your intervals without a stopwatch. Additional notes:

  • In each block include five levels of the same exercise, taught in 15- to 30-second layers (one or two 32-count musical phrases).
  • Help everyone feel successful by beginning with layer one and progressing gradually to layer five.
  • Stay on each layer for at least 15–30 seconds (one 32-count phrase is approximately 15 seconds for music set at 130 bpm).
  • Move to the next layer, and advise students to remain at the previous one if they don’t want to progress.
  • After introducing all five intervals, encourage students to choose a level of difficulty just beyond their comfort zone for a final 30-second, all-out push.
  • Include a 30- to 60-second active recovery between rounds.
  • Repeat each interval 2–4 times, switching lead legs on unilateral exercises.

Warm-Up (10–12 minutes)

Always provide a thorough warm-up before performing plyometric drills. Keep movements simple and athletic, and gradually increase intensity. Include layers in your warm-up to preview the class structure. Here are some appropriate exercises for an athletic interval class like this one:

  • Start with step-touch that becomes small side-to-side leap, and then big leap. Return to step-touch, and repeat.
  • Do basic squat that becomes double-time squat, and then add small hop. Return to squat, and repeat.
  • March on floor, and transition to basic step on platform; then jog on platform. Return to march, and repeat.

Sample Block #1: Basic Jump-Up (~3–6 minutes)

  • Layer 1: Step up and down on platform (basic step).
  • Layer 2: Remaining on floor, jump forward and step back.
  • Layer 3: Jump up onto platform; step down.
  • Layer 4: Jump up onto platform; jump down.
  • Layer 5: Jump up onto platform and land in squat position to touch platform. Jump down and squat to touch platform again.

Sample Block #2: Repeater Knee Hops (~3–6 minutes)

  • Layer 1: Do repeater knee on floor.
  • Layer 2: Do repeater knee on platform.
  • Layer 3: Do repeater knee; hop on third knee lift.
  • Layer 4: Do repeater knee; hop on first and third knee lifts.
  • Layer 5: Do repeater knee; hop on all three knee lifts.
  • Switch sides.

Sample Block #3: Lateral Leap-Over (~3–6 minutes)

  • Turn platform to vertical position.
  • Layer 1: Do step-touch on floor.
  • Layer 2: Step over platform laterally and tap toe on platform.
  • Layer 3: Step over platform and lift knee.
  • Layer 4: Leap over platform and tap toe on floor.
  • Layer 5: Jump laterally over platform with feet together.

For more sample blocks, please see “Sample Class: Jump Onboard” in the online IDEA Library or in the June 2013 issue of IDEA Fitness Journal.

For the latest research, statistics, sample classes, and more, "Like" IDEA on Facebook here.

Eve Fleck, MS

IDEA Author/Presenter
Eve Fleck, MS, holds a master's degree in exercise physiology and lectures at California State Unive... more less
August 2013

© 2013 by IDEA Health & Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited.

Get the award-winning IDEA Fitness Journal delivered to your door every month!

Get IDEA Fitness Journal

Article Comments

Add Comment

Image CAPTCHA
Cancel
View all questions