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Flexibility: Yes. This workout is based on a combo of contracting your muscles and stretching them, which is great for flexibility.

Aerobic: No. It’s not considered an aerobic workout, but if you repeat your jumps without pausing, for about 30-60 seconds at a time, your heart rate will go up.

Strength: Yes. This workout is all about boosting your muscle power.

Sport: No.

Low-Impact: No. There’s a lot of high-impact jumping and hopping.

What Else Should I Know?

Cost: Free.

Good for beginners? No. If you’re not in great shape already, choose another workout before taking a stab at this one, which may cause injuries if you’re not used to moves like these.

Outdoors: Yes. It can be fun to bring this workout outdoors. Just be sure to choose a soft surface for landing, like grass.

At home: Yes. Just pull out your gym mat, which is a safer, softer landing pad than a hard floor.

Equipment required? No. You can do this without equipment. Or you can use cones or foam barriers to jump over.

What Dr. Melinda Ratini Says:

If you are in good shape and looking to ramp up your workout, then you may enjoy the challenge of plyometrics. It's a great way to train if you are into high-impact sports that involve a lot of running or jumping, like tennis, skiing, or basketball.

When you're getting started, work with an experienced trainer who can show you how to safely jump and land.

Start slow and low. Mix a few plyometric moves into your regular workout, for instance.

Because plyometrics is high-impact and intense exercise, check with your doctor first if you aren't active now or have any health problems.

Plyometrics is not the workout for you if you don't like to sweat or are just looking to strengthen your core.

Is It Good for Me If I Have a Health Condition?

It's a good idea to check in with your doctor first, especially if you aren't active now or have health problems. She can let you know what's safe for you to do.

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