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To date, there is no magic number of jumps that produces the best results, but taking too few jumps is better than taking too many. Ideally, the number of jumps should not exceed 80-100 /session for beginners and athletes in early workouts, 100-120/session for intermediate athletes, and 120-140/session for advanced athletes who have completed at least 4 weeks of plyometric training.
The performance coach should also examine the intensity, or amount of stress placed upon the muscles and joints when prescribing plyometric exercise. Skipping movements provide minimum stress and are considered low-intensity exercises; box jumping, two foot take-off and landing exercises, high speed movements, and using additional weight, all increase the intensity of the workout. A sound program should progress from low-to high-intensity exercises.
Remember that as a performance coach, you are trying to improve your athlete’s power, not endurance. Thus, stress quality, not quantity to your athletes and allow adequate recovery between repetitions, sets, and workouts.