A study of British soccer players shows that heavy squats, regardless of speed at which they’re done, improve vertical jump and sprint ability. These athletes showed more improvement than those doing more reps with lighter weights.
Olympic lifters have surprising vertical jump for such stocky guys. As it turns out, that’s because the explosive power used in Olympic lifting is just what you need to explode off the floor. Find out how Olympic lifting can benefit your vert training.
In Part I, we discussed the importance of body weight and leg strength. Now we’ll briefly look at plyometric jump training, mental preparation and calf strengthening.
Part I of our tips to improve vertical jump covers weight loss and strengthening the major leg muscles with squats and deadlifts.