Essential Components To Train Your Vertical Jump
Volleyball is a physically demanding sport when your playing at a competitive level. The vertical jump is one of the most important components to train if you want to be a star player. It can be used for blocking, attacking, or making an amazing defensive save. It can be the difference between a win or a loss, which is why it’s important to train your vertical jump as much as possible. In order to make sure you’re the best player you can be, Relentless Volleyball Club wanted to give you valuable information that can make your vertical jump even stronger.
In order to increase the power (or explosiveness) of your vertical jump, we first need to look at a simple equation, Force * Velocity. Force means the amount of force your leg muscle can exert, while velocity is the speed at which your muscle(s) can exert that force. Together, these two important variables create the power you need to propel yourself into the air.
Training for Power
The best way to increase both parts of the equation is through strength training. This means squats, deadlifts, lunges, etc. These exercises target the leg muscles and make them exert energy causing them to tear and grow back stronger.
Squats, for example, make it more difficult for your body to come back up after lowering the bar and coming back up. The more you squat this weight, the easier it will become, meaning your legs have gotten stronger. When this happens, you can move up the weight and the process repeats itself, making your legs stronger and more efficient.
When you think of jump form, you may just think about the way you go up. This is not true as it also focuses on the way you move in the air and how you land. This is why it is important to constantly train your vertical jump. The three areas that should be focused on are the hips, knees, and ankles. For most people, the knees and ankles see the proper extension, but not the hips, resulting in an awkward jump that doesn’t have the best efficiency.
The best way to improve this is to perform a simple hip flexor stretch for 30 seconds daily. This stretch will loosen the hip tightness, resulting in a better, fluid jump. The stretch should not be painful, but it should feel like a slight tugging sensation in the hip area.
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