Elevate Your Vertical Jump

Elevate Your Vertical Jump Basketball and volleyball players have a real appreciation for vertical jump performance, and developing this ability can provide a competitive advantage to athletes in numerous other sports. Want to sky higher? A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research offers this tested weight room workout.

After warming up with moderate intensity cycling and static stretching, 14 college-aged weight lifters performed squats at 20% of one rep max (1RM), followed by a set at 40% of 1RM, a set at 60% of 1RM and a set at 80% of 1RM. The final set was half squats at maximal isometric force. Each set lasted for three minutes. Vertical jump height increased after all but the 20% and 40% 1RM sets.

True Strength Moment: To add an effective ascending intensity squat routine to your workout, do three sets starting at 60% of 1RM and ending with maximal half squats. See what this protocol does for lower body power development. For insight into ankle taping's effect on jump performance, read today's Performance Blog at ABBperformance.com
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