by Nghia Pham
The benefits of jumping and plyometrics have been known for decades, but how we incorporate these exercises into our workouts is important. Jumping can be a high stress stimulus, so understanding what to do, why and when is important to maintain safety for the athlete and to maximize adaptation, so they perform at their best. In today’s video, Coach Pham gives us a few insights on how he uses jump training with his fighters.
Jump Training for Fighters
- Training barefoot can help you assess the foot and ankle
- Insure that you have proper mechanics and stability before adding intensity
- Start slow and use progressions to build a good foundation
- Use a variety of single leg drills in multiple planes
- Focus on jumping and proper landing mechanics
- Use exercises that are appropriate for your ability level
- Be patient, progress slowly and train smart
Nghia Pham is the founder and owner of Optimum Training and Performance. Nghia was born in Vietnam and came to the US at the age of 11. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school, served on active duty for 7 years with 2 tours of combat.
Nghia has been in the fitness industry since 2004 in the San Diego area. He has worked with thousands of client included professional athletes from the NFL, MLB, combat athletes, World Champions to elite military units. His clients age range from 8 years old to mid 70s of all shapes and levels.
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