[i]Originally posted by DaGovernor[/i]
I have my girls doing low intensity plyos, like squat jumps, split squat jumps, etc. Alot of them have weak initial acceleration, and we have been doing these particular low intensity plyos since December. When would/should I move to increase intensity?
In my opinion, plyos seem to be one training stimulus that doesn't need too much progression. In fact, I think in some cases it might be best to digress in intensity to accomplish certain things (addressing technical problems, development of starting strength/explosiveness, etc.) or to better handle a training load. This is especially true with lower level females who might lack strength and elasticity. These athletes may find that even plyos that are typically considered "low-intensity??? are quite intense for them. Having said all that, I don't have a problem with more difficult plyos and as with all training stimuli, I think that when an athlete can handle it, the level of intensity should usually progress. I just think that the continuum through which a higher end athlete can move through is much wider. As a result, a jump or plyo that is medium intensity for a collegiate male may be a very intense jump for a high school female. Consequently, their need and options for progression will be much less than for a higher end athlete.
Another thing you may want to consider is just implementing more variation in your plyo routine rather than trying to increase intensity. In this way, you can get in a greater variety of foot contacts (good for preventing repetitive load induced injury), introduce new training stimuli, and create better and more specific matches with the rest of the session's protocol. On this last point, try matching your jumps and plyo selection with the general theme of what you're trying to accomplish with the training session or cycle. This might lead to better gains than just amping up the intensity.