The Vertical Jump test is used at the NFL Combine to assess athleticism, and it's one of the most important events at the Combine. Although it's a simple jump, it measures overall explosiveness, which directly correlates with speed and quickness.
Athletes with a high vertical jump are able to quickly produce a large amount force into the ground, which helps them leap into the air. This power is used when they accelerate and sprint, and they become faster and more explosive athletes.
That's why athlete training programs focus on developing power as well as lifting heavy weight. Strength is extremely important, but athletes need to be able to use their strength quickly, or else they will be slow on the field of play.
Non-athlete workouts typically lack a power component, especially bodybuilder routines. Rather than focusing on speed of the movement, bodybuilders move slowly to increase the amount of time their muscles have to work, all in the name of building massive muscles.
To see how these two types of training stack up against each other, the coaches at TEST Football Academy had two elite NFL prospects and two Inner Armour bodybuilders compete in the Vertical Jump test.
TEST Football Academy is a football training facility located in Martinsville, New Jersey. Since 1992, they've been helping youth, high school, collegiate and pro football players improve their skills. And they train athletes for the NFL Combine.
Who came out on top? The athletes who focus the vast majority of their training on power development? Or the hulking bodybuilders who work out to build massive muscles?
Watch the video above to see who took the crown.
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