Also known as ‘jump training’ or ‘plyos’, plyometric training is a relatively new discipline to enter the personal fitness arena which exerts maximum force on the muscles to produce an increase in power, speed and strength.

It involves ‘explosive’ movement – rapid exercises often involving jumping movements to activate the elastic properties of major muscles. Over time this develops a rapid response in the muscles as they contract and extend.

Initially plyometrics training was developed by the Soviet Olympic team in the 1970s to prepare for competition in track and field. Since then it has been widely used by elite athletes worldwide, especially in martial arts, high jump, basketball and tennis.

How can it help me?

Plyometrics are primarily used to maximise power and strength in the muscles. The rapid extension and contraction of the muscles creates shock and tension resulting in maximised force and dynamic movement.

Benefits of this type of training include:

  • Massive calorie-burning potential
  • Increased strength and stamina
  • Improved tone and definition in the legs
  • Activation of different main muscle groups
  • An increase in your muscles speed/power/reactions
  • Increased cardiovascular fitness
  • Increased muscle endurance
  • Increased muscle tone
  • Reduction of body fat

There’s more to plyometrics than simply jumping on and off tables, or attempting a squat mid-air.

There are certain techniques a person must be aware of to ensure that these exercises are executed successfully and safely. It’s key to start slowly and build up, starting with light exercises and low volume whilst mastering technique before moving on to more intense routines as strength progresses.

Who is plyometric training for?

Plyometric training exercises are suitable for a wide range of people. Over the past decade its use in civilian fitness has increased in popularity – making it now a widely used medium in personal training. You may have already tried Plyometric training – as squat jumps, step jumps and tuck jumps are commonly incorporated into High Intensity Interval Training workout plans.

In its raw format Plyometrics is best suited for athletes and people playing professional sports. It is also not recommended for anybody with previous injuries or pain in the joints, especially the knees and back.

Plyometric training shouldn’t be attempted at home without the support of a professional. Due to the nature of the exercises it can be very easy to injure yourself if you don’t have the supervision of an experienced fitness instructor to guide you. If you’re new to plyometrics we can incorporate it into your training plan with a balanced and staged approach to ensure optimum results and minimising the risk of injury.

If you’ve tried plyometrics in the past we can help you to fine-tune your technique and correct any potentially damaging misalignment or mistakes to ensure maximum results going forward.

Why The PT Factory?

At The PT Factory we specialise in advanced training techniques that produce remarkable results for our clients. We work with people from all walks of life with a variety of different goals – from bodybuilding and stamina development to weight loss for weddings and increased physical fitness.

We offer a free 30-minute consultation with no obligation, so you can share your goals with us and discuss how we can work together to achieve them. Simply call us on  0161 399 00 77 or fill in the quick enquiry form below to get in touch.






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Great Gym, great staff, really friendly and they keep you motivated. Definitely recommend.
I have been having PT sessions at the PT Factory for over 3 years now and the benefits have been huge.My PT is Andy Hughes. Andy has been great and always explains everything we do which allows me to also train within my own time knowing I’m doing the right things. My health and fitness has massively improved along with my knowledge on what to eat and why.The gym is a great place to train. I see people of all levels training (with and without PT’s) and the very nature of the people working there and members means there is no intimidation factor.The other PT’s and Ollie Lawrence’s himself are always on hand to give advice should you need it. Over the 3 years I’ve been going, there have been some incredible changes to the gym itself. Ollie has put a lot of work into getting this to the place it is today. Things such as nutrition products and drinks for sale, improving/updating the changing facilities never mind the constant updating of equipment available.I would (and have) recommend anyone to use the PT Factory, either with a PT or as a member. It is great value for money and everything I look for in a gym!
Been at the gym a couple off months now everyone at the gym is very welcoming. Been training with joel who is a great PT and will push me to my limits when I think I can’t do it. Looking forward to seeing more results in the next few months with him!!
I started personal training sessions with Joel at the PT Factory almost 2 weeks ago and really enjoy it. Joel and the rest of the staff are always so polite and easy to talk to. After taking social distancing very seriously due to having underlying health conditions, I was made to feel so safe at the PT factory. Joel always stood at a distance from me and the equipment was cleaned thoroughly after use. I look forward to the rest of my PT sessions and would recommend them with Joel at the PT factory to any of my family and friends!
I’ve been training with one of the pts called Becky. She has been absolutely amazing! The support you get on the sessions are insane. You start to notice weight loss within a few weeks which is what you need! They gym itself has good equipment and is super clean! The staff are always nice and helpful and everyone is extremely nice! Definitely recommend this gym🏋🏽‍♀️😌
Ollie and his team at The Personal Trainer Factory provide a great service for anyone looking to kick-start or improve their fitness. Friendly and professional and they know how to inspire you into getting fit. I’ve loved it and am seeing results already. I’d highly recommend The PT Factory to everyone.
I’ve been training at the PT factory for a few months now and it’s a fantastic gym. Great range of equipment, always clean and the owners and trainers are always polite and friendly. All of the trainers are very professional and do a fantastic job. I can always access the equipment I need, where as at some gyms queuing for equipment is the norm. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great place to train.
Joel is a fantastic PT, he pushes me to my limits and strives to get the results I want! The gym is very welcoming and I feel completely comfortable working out in the PT Factory! I’d highly recommend this gym for PTs or a membership!
This is the best gym I have been to for diet and health advice. Everyone is friendly and Ollie is a great instructor even if he does push you to your limits! I feel stronger and healthier than I have been for a long time. I would highly recommend PT factory if you need to make changes, feel good and get fit 👍🏼
Excellent place to get yourself fit and in shape. Really clean with excellent equipment. Professional and knowledgeable PTs with expert nutrition as well as fitness advise . From initial consultation it was obvious Ollie knew fitness and nutrition inside out - a pleasure to work with and always encouraging and getting great results.
The PT Factory offers a great environment to achieve your fitness goals. The staff are down to earth and there's a good range of equipment. It's clean and generally not too busy.I trained with Ollie Dickinson. Ollie helped me manage my diet, planned and coordinated my training and pushed me to meet my goals. Ollie has given me the techniques and skills to confidently use equipment and move forward with my own training in the future.I highly recommend the services offered at The PT Factory.
I have been training at the gym for nearly 4 years now! All of the PTs are great but my personal trainer is Andy! He’s patient, motivating, professional and punctual. He keeps me on track and tailors my sessions for what I want whether that be weight loss or to tone. I can’t recommend Andy enough best PT I’ve ever had
Have been training with Ryan now at the gym for nearly a year. During that time I have lost 3 stone and well on my way to achieve my target of 16 stone by Christmas! The PT Factory isn’t like a regular members gym, everyone is welcoming and the atmosphere in the gym is great. Would defo recommend??
Can’t recommend highly enough. Started last week and have had 2 tough but excellent sessions. Andy is a great motivator with brilliant fitness and nutritional knowledge. Looking forward to my next session on Tuesday.
In a moment of madness I had signed up for a Tough Mudder thinking it would motivate me to get fit! 4 months later and 8 weeks before the event, I hadn’t started any training, panic set in! Then a friend recommended The PT Factory to me and Andy Hughes one of the PT’s. On my first visit I was extremely nervous and apprehensive, but Andy soon put me at ease and made me feel welcome and that I could do it. Initially there was a short consultation about what I wanted to achieve, discussing diet and documenting a starting point in terms of body measurements etc. A training program was set and the work began, Andy was brilliant, he knew when to push me when I wanted to give in and when to step up the training, I soon saw a difference in my body shape, fitness and recovery levels.My event arrived and my original intention was to get the event done and that would be the end of it. However I was so impressed with the gym, Andy and my results that 18 months later I’m still going on a regular basis.The gym itself is great, it is one of the best independent gyms I have seen! It may look small but I haven’t found anything that can’t be done in the gym in terms of a training/fitness plan. The equipment and building are exceptionally maintained, I have never seen an “out of order” sign on anything. The gym is clean and tidy, has a filtered water fountain and ample paper towel and wipe down spray for equipment. Don’t be mislead if you look at the gym pictures on the website as there is something very important that they don’t show - that’s the heart of the gym - the people!The trainers and members are great, this is such a friendly and unpretentious environment, everyone is made to feel welcome and that they belong and not a place where no one says hello it how are you! This is not a gym just for the “guys or the super fit” but accommodates clients who have different needs and goals and they do this very well. For the first time in 50 years, I am comfortable with my body shape and appearance, I think I’m fitter than when I was in my 20’s and my health has improved. Since starting my training plan my weight, body fat and blood pressure have all decreased, which is very important as I have a family history of type 2 diabetes and breast cancer. I could not have achieved and maintained this without the support of Andy an The PT Factory, thank you???
I’ve been going to the PT Factory for 2 months and it’s massively exceeded my expectations. My trainer Oli Dickinson is motivating, approachable, makes the training fun and varied and we are getting the results I wanted. Oli answers all of my questions on diet and nutrition and supports me changing my eating habits. It's all about marginal gains which compound over time. I used to hate gyms but The PT Factory is different. Everyone from the owner/roofer Ollie, the other trainers and members are friendly.
The PT factory is such a friendly and welcoming place to train. I would highly recommend it to anyone needing that extra motivation and guidance. Even the first time you go you don’t feel intimidated and you are supported through every exercise.Oli is a great trainer, very encouraging, caring and patient. He is very committed to helping you feel stronger and fitter each session and varies the sessions to continue to be challenging and fun. I always leave feeling motivated and look forward to my sessions with him.
I started training with Ryan to lose some weight pre-wedding, I have never been a fan of gym, and always preferred to run or swim. Ryan makes sessions enjoyable and challenging. The gym is always clean and has a great atmosphere. I even went back to training with Ryan post wedding!
I have been training with Andy since December and he is the best. He listened to exactly what I wanted to focus on and I’ve achieved what we set out too. His sessions push me which is exactly what I needed. He is knowledgable not just about fitness but nutrition too and always on hand with great recipes. If your looking to get in shape and get fit Andy is definitely the PT for you!
Training with Becky at The PT Factory has been both challenging & fun - a word I never thought I'd use in relation to exercise. I'm a 61year old, large lady who had 2 main aims - 1: to be able to get off the settee without huffing & puffing. 2: to complete the Manchester to Blackpool 60 mile cycle ride. Thanks to Becky's varied training routines, encouragement and sense of humour, I've achieved both. If I couldn't complete a particular exercise it was modified and then, over sessions, gradually altered until it was doable. The bike ride is complete but i will continue to train with Becky as I aim for new targets.
Joining a gym was the last thing I felt like doing after piling on the lbs. Around 40lbs to be honest. Over Christmas 2018 I had a good talk with myself, something had to change. Someone mention getting a personal trainer, after some research the Pt factory was at the top of a short list. I’ll never forgot that first visit, I hadn’t been in a gym for close on 20 years and nerves did try to get the better of me. Ollie soon put that to rest. From the start he made me believe that what seemed to me to be the impossible was going to be a reality. I’m now 6 months in and 30lbs down on where I was at Christmas with another 14lbs to go. Along with this my fitness has improved , I sleep better, I get less stressed at work. Down side though, I have needed to buy some new smaller clothes......which isn’t that bad.Ollie and his team are super professionals making all feel part of the PT Factory family. Their personal approach to training energises everyone that trains there. I can’t recommend this place enough. Thanks guys.
Alistair and I have been training at PT Factory for 13 months now and we both feel much fitter and have more strength. We enjoy going to see Mark our trainer as he is helpful and encouraging both with fitness and healthy eating.We also go to the gym on our own using the training that Mark has shown us. All the trainers are friendly and there is a great atmosphere in the gym.
Came in to film a promo for Ollie and his gym. Was blown away by the atmosphere, facilities and dedication of his team. There's an atmosphere you just don't get in bigger chains. Great business which I look forward to working with more in the future.
I knew immediately when I met Ollie that that this time it was different. After years of poor lifestyle choices, bad habits and many attempts to 'get fit' Ollie's no-nonsense approach and clear explanation of the importance of nutrition, diet and exercise meant that I finally understood what was required. 12 weeks later, more than 2 stones lighter, immeasurably fitter and healthier the blood pressure tablets are now in the bin. Ollie intuitively understands his clients, knows how to get the best out of you and matches your commitment to help you make lifestyle changes that are sustainable and long lasting. Working with Ollie has made a lasting impression on me, I don't know if it's saved my life, it has definitely extended it. I highly recommend Ollie.
It's always a pleasure training with Ollie as every session is a motivating and challenging workout. He is adept in pushing me an adequate amount during sessions so that I can see the difference in power, speed and agility after every training session. I enjoy how he keeps the sessions slightly different every time so it isn't monotonous although sometimes he'll surprise me with a hard exercise and I always feel proud of myself once I have accomplished it. Ollie is very encouraging and always comments on the progress I have made and has helped me greatly in achieving my goals. A delight to train with, would highly recommend!
Choosing to train with Ollie is certainly my best decision of 2015! I've only been going to Ollie's gym for 4 months but I can already see and feel a huge difference. I am fitter than I have been in years and Ollie has given me the confidence to train on my own as well as in the gym. It has to be said as well that Ollie is a great guy, really easy to get along with and makes working out fun (most of the time!) so I always look forward to my sessions.Would absolutely recommend Ollie to anyone on the fence about whether or not to give PT a go!
Ollie has helped turn my life around.I was diagnosed with cancer 4 years ago and hit an all time low. Surgery was sucessful, however myself esteem took a downward spiral and the weight esculated.9 months ago I found Ollie after another health scare and was informed I must loose weight.Ollie is a full package when it comes to fitness and weight loss. He believes in me and my capabailities more than I do myself. He is enthusiastic and very patient and focuses his full attention on me during my sessions with him. He provides an individual workout and diet regieme based on health problems and capabilities which has kept me motivated and wanting to achieve more.Since starting out with Ollie I have lost 3.5stones and gone from a size 20 to 14. I have increased energy and fitness, I also look good and feel good in myself, no longer hiding under loose fitting clothes, happy to show off my new figure.I look forward to my twice weekly sessions with Ollie as no sessions are the same which is great as I never know what he has in store for me which gives me more of a challenge every time.He recently inspired me to do a 5k run for cancer charity which was a great success.Everyone wanting to change their life should think about contacting Ollie.


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