Trainers & Coaches
Train Like the Pros: Get More Air on Your Jumps
These tips help NFL Combine hopefuls (and you) take flight on the vertical and broad jump.
How to Overcome Fear By Scaling Your Parkour Practice
Learning how to scale the physicality behind the practice of parkour will only help you in the long run.
The Two Best Exercises for Increasing Your Vertical Jump
Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted a higher vertical jump. Here are the two things that make a difference.
Body Composition or Skill: Which Is More Important for Jumping?
A new study explores the athletic traits needed for jump performance.
10 Ways to Add Extra Inches to Your Vertical Jump
Got air? From post-activation potential to plyometrics, these ten articles are all you need to know to improve your vertical jump.
Breaking Muscle HQ
Got Vertical? How to Measure for Explosive Strength
Most laypersons will bet that weightlifters have little jumping ability. They are just too big and slow, right? This is now refuted frequently, but the Soviets actually refuted it decades ago.
Sunday Seven: The Week's 7 Most Popular Articles, Vol. 98
Every Sunday we post the "Sunday Seven" so you can quickly see the seven most popular articles of the week. This week: the scapula, holding a freestanding handstand, hypermobility, and more!
Breaking Muscle HQ
2 Skills You Need For a Better Vertical Jump
Power is certainly a prerequisite for a high vertical jump, but so is skill work. A new study identified two skills to work on if you're looking for a higher jump.
Is There a Correlation Between Sprint Times and Vertical Jump?
A new study investigated the correlation between sprinting and vertical jump performance, and found that athletes who are good at one tend to be pretty good at the other.
Heavy Squats Improve Vertical Jump
Imagine your vertical jump is just about to be tested. Suddenly, you tell the test administrator, “Hold up, I gotta do some heavy squats first.” Sound ridiculous? A new study suggests it might not be.
How to Build Jumping Ability in Weightlifters
The relationship between jumping ability and weightlifting performance is strong, but how do you build your jumping? Here are some drills appropriate for lifters of all ages and stages of development.
Push Jerks Enhance Vertical Jump Performance - Maybe?
Developing jumping power is vital for many athletes, but is the push jerk a good way to do it? Science takes a look at the actual mechanics involved and says, maybe not.
Back Squats Just Prior Improve Vertical Jump Performance
Post-Activation Potentiation or PAP - what is it? It means if you squat heavy, you can jump higher. Science looks at how much weight it takes to activate this potential and how you can apply it, too.
Using Kettlebell Swings to Improve Vertical Jump
Years ago I used the kettlebell swing to improve jumping ability. I didn't know why it worked at the time, but new research looks into the relationship between the swing and explosive strength.
Proper Preparation For Plyometrics
The ability to produce force quickly is the definition of power and it is useful in sports from martial arts to team sports. Plyometrics can help develop power, but first learn to do them safely.
Increasing Forces: Using the Kettlebell Swing to Increase Strength and Speed
The vertical jump is revered as a test of force production. Research shows kettlebell swings can increase vertical jump. Swings, done correctly, can increase both strength and speed in athletes.
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