Become Explosive with Jump Training Drills

March 7, 2013 | Robert Taylor

Jumping is one athletic ability that can separate you from the pack. (Ask the Experts: What Can I Do To Improve My Jumping Ability?) Develop lower-body power with the vertical jump and become explosive from the start. Practice the rhythmic sequence of the vertical jump from different starting heights. I recommend training from five starting points—face, chest, waist, knees and ankles—using light resistance.(See Athletes: Avoid These Four Lower-Body Exercises.)

Guidelines

  • Emphasize the landing and progress to repeated jumps
  • Begin with five jumps for height
  • As strength and coordination improve, increase the number of jumps accordingly

Power Zone One (Face)

  • Hold a medicine ball in front of your face throughout the series of jumps
  • Using good form, squat down and explode up

Power Zone Two (Chest)

  • Hold a medicine ball in front of your chest throughout the series of jumps
  • Using good form, squat down and explode up

Power Zone Three (Waist)

  • Hold a medicine ball in front of your waist throughout the series of jumps
  • Using good form, squat down and explode up

Power Zone Four (Knees)

  • Hold a medicine ball in front of your knees throughout the series of  jumps
  • Using good form, squat down and explode up

Power Zone Five (Ankles)

  • Hold a medicine ball at your ankles throughout the series of jumps
  • Using good form, squat down and explode up
Robert Taylor
- Robert Taylor is the founder and owner of SMARTER Team Training. He has served as the head strength and conditioning coach at Loyola University Maryland;...
Robert Taylor
- Robert Taylor is the founder and owner of SMARTER Team Training. He has served as the head strength and conditioning coach at Loyola University Maryland;...
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