PRIMING SESSIONS: The Power of Plyometrics and French  Contrast Training

In this article, we’ll explore the exciting world of priming sessions 
and introduce two game-changing training methods: plyometric training 
and French contrast training. Athletes can benefit by incorporating 
these techniques into your pre-game priming routine to take your 
performance to new heights. Priming sessions aim to activate key muscle 
groups, improve neuromuscular coordination, and optimize movement 

Plyometric Training: Exploding with Power

Imagine a coiled spring, ready to unleash its energy in a split second. 
That’s the essence of plyometric training. It focuses on explosive 
movements that use the stretch-shortening cycle, where muscles rapidly 
stretch and contract to generate greatest force production. Examples of 
plyometric exercises include box jumps, depth jumps, and medicine ball 

Plyometric training is a proven method to enhance muscular power, speed, 
and agility (1). Incorporating plyometrics into priming sessions can 
improve athletic performance by increasing vertical jump height, sprint 
speed, and change-of-direction ability (2). It’s especially effective 
for sports that need quick, explosive movements.

French Contrast Training: The Art of Versatility

French contrast training is a versatile approach that combines elements 
of strength, power, and contrast loading to optimize neuromuscular 
adaptation. It involves performing a sequence of exercises, alternating 
between heavy strength-based lifts and explosive movements. This 
contrast between heavy resistance and explosive actions trains the body 
to produce force rapidly.

Imagine you’re driving a high-performance car. It seamlessly transitions 
between gears, accelerating with precision. French contrast training 
works similarly, training your body to switch gears between heavy 
strength exercises and explosive movements. This method enhances the 
rate of force development and performance.

Research supports the effectiveness of French contrast training in 
enhancing athletic performance. A study published in the Journal of 
Strength and Conditioning Research found that athletes who incorporated 
French contrast training into their priming sessions experienced 
significant improvements in sprint performance and jump height compared 
to traditional training methods (3).

Ignite Your Performance with MCAP

Ready to take your performance to the next level? MCAP, a leader in 
sporting Strength and Conditioning is here to help. Our expert coaches 
specialize in incorporating proven methods of training and 
rehabilitation techniques into your priming sessions.

By integrating plyometric training and French contrast training into 
your priming routine, you can unleash your explosive power, speed, and 
agility. As a competitive athlete, MCAP can design a personalized 
program tailored to your goals and sport.

Contact us today to schedule a FREE consultation and learn how to unlock 
your athletic potential.

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