Plyometrics, or jump training, has gained some major popularity points among running coaches and elites for its performance-enhancing power. Numerous studies have shown the benefits of adding ups to a running routine. Mimicking exercises like hop scotch and other one-legged hoppers, plyos train your body to run more efficiently and rebound more quickly while strengthening muscles to boot—all of which translate to running faster with less effort.
By performing the following exercises once or twice a week, your legs will be primed for sweet single-leg forward motion—aka running. Fun fact: Running is actually considered a plyometric activity since it’s technically single-leg hopping while moving forward (think about it!). This workout also mixes in some side-to-side action to promote muscular balance while preventing injury.