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When it comes to exercising without weights, there are lots of different approaches we can take. From cardio to HIIT sessions, everyone has their own way of doing things. But one of the most universal and effective methods for enhancing any workout is to include some good old fashioned plyometric exercises.

To get technical for a moment, a plyometric exercise is the rapid and repeated stretching and contracting of the muscles, designed to increase strength. And there are plenty of exercises out there that tick those boxes. The question is, which ones are the best?

In truth, most plyometric exercises are pretty good, and it’s hard to say which, if any, are better than others. It all depends on which ones you enjoy the most, and which ones you feel the most confident performing. But to help you along, we’ve selected a few of our favourites that, if incorporated and performed properly, will make great additions to any workout routine.

Box Jump

Press Jacks

Frog Jumps

Jump Lunge


X Hops

Split Squat Jump

Tuck Jump

Snowboard Hops

Clapping Push-Up

Lateral Box Shuffle

Mountain Climber

Squat Jump

Plyo Jacks

Skater Hops


As long as plyometric exercises are performed correctly and responsibly, they’re excellent workout tools and can really help push you towards achieving your fitness goals. But do remember that it’s crucial to get the technique right before incorporating any new exercises into your programme. So if you’re unsure, keep referring back to the videos, and if you still need more direction, head along to your local gym and ask a trainer for some tips.

And for more workout ideas, take a look at our Tennis Champ Workout post.