Originally Posted by stevenstiegel
I do plyometrics on occassion. They are good to mix up your routine, however if you have any sort of athritic changes in your body they may not be the best for you. Honestly, plyometrics are more so geared for athletes and depending on what your goals are, I would recommend not doing them if you don't have a qualified instructor to show you how they should be properly executed.
With regards to plyo's, there is no no stretching and flexibility targeted within the movements, but you should be at least somewhat felxible to do them without injuring yourself.
Just curious, why are you interested in plyos?
I do a lot of mountain stream trout fishing and am interested in fitness for that. In a day of fishing, I often walk about 6 miles over uneven terrain.
On many of the streams there are no road crossings. So you park up on top of the plateau, and it can be about 500-600 feet altitude change going down, then again coming back up. It's a workout.
I thought plyometrics should help build strength for that type of activity.
The reason I asked about the stretching & flexibility part, is that in the past I exercised my legs playing basketball and mountain stream fishing, but didn't stretch, and got very tight muscles, muscle spasms in the hip rotator muscles, which pinched the sciatic nerve, causing sciatic nerve pain.
I started doing stretching oriented classes, pilates and yoga, for that situation, and that was very helpful.
But I was thinking it would be ideal to find a type of exercise that combines strengthening the muscles in the legs, hips, etc. with stretching, i.e. keeping those same muscles stretched out.