In this day and age of information overload and guru-wisdom, it becomes increasingly hard to come up with new and useful training ideas to take athletes to that next level.
However, I have done so with an approach I like to call cold plyometrics (James Smith would refer to this as the sub-temperature shock methodic as a fundamental part of the process of attaining sports mastery)
Plyometrics (originally known as the ‘Shock method’ as developed by Yuri Verkoshanky of Russia) have come to encompass a broad array of jumping drills (ranging from the original depth jumps to bounding and even light hopping). Argued to represent the link between strength and speed, plyos are primarily thought to affect the nervous system function. Improvements in rate of force development (RFD) and the ability to resist eccentric shock, along with muscle strengthening are all improvements from plyometric training.
Disclaimer: Please not that plyometrics are not appropriate for beginners. Jumping kills, kids, just like your mom told you.
However plyos are not without problems. The higher intensity plyos, due to the high eccentric component are able to generate a great deal of local muscle damage and inflammation. This is a problem as athletes are often unable to train due to soreness or inflammation.
Enter cold. Cryotherapy (what James Smith would call the methodic of freezing your behooved testicular mass off) has been shown repeatedly to help control inflammation of skeletal muscle.
Their combination (what James Smith would call the advanced conjugated method of blah blah blah I’m going to use every word in the dictionary mom got me for Christmas) clearly represents a step forwards in the training of elite athletes.
I have provide a clear example of their utility in the following video clip. You can clearly see that combining plyometrics with cold exposure allowed my athlete to continue jumping far beyond what would have been possible under non-cryotherapy conditions. The potential for gains should be exponential.
Enjoy and good training