Track Field Training How to Increase Your Vertical Jump
Hi I'm Les Whitley. I'd like to take a fewminutes now and talk to you about how to improve your vertical jump. Your vertical jump isagain your ability to push force into the ground to propel your body upward overcomingthe forces of gravity, traveling upward through space. Knowing where you start or knowingwhere your vertical jump is to begin with is a great way to start. Once you identifywhat your vertical jump is usually measured in inches you know where you want to go andhow far you want to progress from as little as a gain of one inch up to three inches overthe course of a six to a twelve week time frame is actually a pretty good improvement.Putting force in the ground means that you
have got to get stronger, utilizing exercisessuch as the squat, to develop a good base of power for the lower body but then alsomaximizing the transfer of that power through incorporating exercises like the power cleanor the overhead snatch, the olympic movements which involve very speed oriented movementsto that you are maximizing that power output in minimal time. The vertical jump is a veryquick movement. You are putting maximal force in a very short amount of time. The otherthing becomes technique ideally setting yourself up as a spring, springing and loading yourselfup into a position, not to overcompensate by staying too long in a deep position sothat the muscles become taxed and fatigued.
You want to set yourself up by causing a nicespring effect swinging your arms down which preloads those muscles engaging the musclesof the hips, the muscles of the lower body, the calves and then forcefully swinging yourarms up high to again maximize that vertical leap so arms start up high, forceful drivedown and then rebound for maximal height.
Run Faster Jump Higher Punch Harder ONE VIDEO
What's up, guysé Jeff Cavaliere, ATHLEANX . Today it's all about power and how powerfulare youé I can tell you this right now, if you are not carving out a section of yourtraining to become more powerful then you will not be powerful because you have to trainfor power. Power is not just being strong, it's being able to exert that strength quickly. We could do that and we could train for that,but you have to be sure that you are. Today I want to show you a few ways to do that andI'm talking about jumping higher, running faster, punching harder, pushing faster, orharder; it's all about power and if you don't
do it, guys, you won't get it. So how do we know how to train for poweréI know that all of you do know about power because if I were to ask you to try to throwa baseball as far as you can, or better yet ask a young kid to throw a baseball as faras they can. What do they instinctively doé They instinctively bring their arm up here. They don't try to throw from here or dothis. No one does that. They all bring their arm up to throw and they may not look allthat pretty because they may not have the coordination yet, but they've got the instinctivepart right. That is in order to get the ball
to get as far as you want it to go you haveto know how to prestretch the muscles that are actually going to be involved in actuallythrowing it. So, by doing this I've stretched my tricepsout, which is going to extend as part of the throw. I've also brought the arm up. I didn'tjust do it down here and throw it. I brought it up so I get the long head of the tricepson a stretch as well. I've got the forearm flexors stretched by bending the wrists back.You don't have to tell them that. They don't do that. They do this. You also have the rotatorcuff on stretch. You have the torso on stretch by turning backand rotating. The same thing can happen with
a jump. You don't try to jump from flat feet.What you do is you try to bend at the knees, lean over at the waist, stretch the low back,and stretch the glutes; that's how you instinctively know power. But you've got to train for itin order to bring it out fully. So what can we doé Well, if you want to run faster I'vegot an exercise here for you. It's called the Sprinter's Hang Clean. Whatyou do is you get into a split stance position, on leg in front of the other as if you'realmost ready to come out of the starter's block. You're going to sprint. That firststep is so important. The acceleration out of the box is critical. You can train yourselfto become a lot faster and more powerful in
that position by doing this exercise. You're going to bring the hands up as fastas you can in a clean, switch your feet get your feet where you get to a squared off stance,then drop your other foot right back and sprint. So you're trying to train yourself to be veryexplosive on your first move. This, you don't need a heavy waist for. As a matter of fact,you don't train these movements to failure. You're training for power and precision. It's not about going to failure because whathappens then is you break down your form. So you want to know, not just what exercisesdo, but how to train them. Now we can get
you to jump higher. The same thing here applies.We're going to use this, not just a completely vertical jump displacement, but a broad jump;a horizontal jump displacement. We're still going to get components of vertical and horizontalby doing this. So you still get back in this hang clean positionand now as you clean you jump forward. You want to be able to time that landing withthe timing of the end of the clean where they get up into the rack position with the dumbbells.You keep trying to get faster at the clean and more precise and farther with your jump.Be powerful. Again, don't train these to failure, to where your form breaks down.