FPP Episode 14: Joseph Coyne – Plyometric training for combat athletes

Joseph Coyne FPP14


About this episode

Explosive power and speed are crucial for fight athletes. Many foundation movements of combat sports require an explosive component to be effective.

The most recognised fighters harness these qualities to connect a lethal knee, evade an opponents attack or deliver the knockout blow. Becoming the best at combat sport requires training the qualities that contribute to these movements.

Plyometric training is considered advanced because it’s necessary to have proficient strength and stability through any movement pattern before adding any explosive component. Plyometric training uses exercises that involve explosive power and speed involve jumps, bounds, sprints, change of direction drills, and med ball throw exercises.

Joseph Coyne talks about how he incorporates plyometric exercises in warm-ups for training and competition, use them to improve performance, and how they will help us avoid injury.


Guest Bio

Joseph Coyne is an exercise physiologist, sports scientist and performance coach. He has worked with a number of professional, World Champion and Olympic athletes in Australia, New Zealand and China. 

Since recording this podcast, Joseph Coyne is now the Director of Athletics at the UFC Performance Institute in Shanghai, China. 

He is the host of ASCA Podcast, a must-listen for any coach looking to improve their knowledge of strength and conditioning. 

An exponent of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. 


In this episode we discuss…

  • Defining plyometric action 
  • Where plyometrics can be applied in sport
  • Developing power
  • Structuring plyometrics in warm-ups
  • Warm-Ups for competition
  • How you compare to the elite in the sport?
  • Where do you start training plyometrics?
  • ‘Windows of opportunity’
  • Progressions of plyometrics
  • Good at sport vs good athlete
  • Identifying strength and power needs of an athlete
  • How developing power will help you perform
  • Volume and dose of plyometrics


Links and resources

Instagram: @josephcoyne
Twitter: @josephcoyne
Website: Coyne Sports Injury & Performance Clinic

Instagram: @the_ASCA
Twitter: @the_ASCA
Facebook: @australianstrengthandconditioning 
Website: ASCA


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