The Pacman is up for another round of plyometric exercises as he prepares for his upcoming fight with Keith Thurman. Starting his training at the Elorde Gym in Pasay City, Philippines, the 40-year-old boxing champion flew to Los Angeles last Sunday to continue his training at Freddie Roach’s Wildcard Gym in Hollywood California. Bob Arum fears the risk of brain damage for the Pacman but Manny is confident. He reassures the Top Rank CEO.
The Father of Plyometric Exercises
The word Plyometric derives from the Greek language. It means to augment or increase. The training method, which includes plyometric exercises began in the former Soviet Union. Doctor Yuri Verkoshansky developed this method in the 1970s. History hails him the Father of Plyometrics.
Soviet Bloc countries used Doctor Verkoshansky’s method to dominate the Olympics and other athletic competitions. Their victories caught the attention of the American track and field coach named Fred Wilt. The good doctor, however, called his method with a different name. It was Fred Wilt who named it Plyometrics.
Plyometrics vs. Traditional Exercises
Typical strength training exercises include long, slow movements. These slow exercises promote muscle build up and increase strength. Plyometric exercises involve quick, explosive movements designed to increase speed and agility. These exercises train our body and mind to activate more muscle fibres quickly. This activity increases the efficiency and speed of muscle contractions.
All strength training methods aim to help an individual either to jump higher, run faster, throw farther or lift heavier weights. Power enables the athlete to perform these stunts. An athlete benefits in power training with Plyometric exercises more than the typical training methods available. That is, perhaps, the reason Manny Pacquiao uses this method when training for his next fight. The Pacquiao vs. Thurman fight is taking place in July this year at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.