Now that you've mastered jumping and the landing technique, we introduce a counter-movement component to the jump progression. The Depth Jump is a great exercise for maximizing the benefits of the stretch shortening cycle or plyometric reflex. Only include this exercise into your training regimen once you have developed sufficient muscoskeletal strength to handle this type of load and force production.
When first attempting the Depth Jump, start with a low box to step off, and as you progress, raise the height of the box to increase the difficulty. Remember, never sacrifice the quality of the landing and jump for box height.
Exercise 5: The Hex-Bar Deadlift
To start, step up on to the box. Stand nice and upright with feet hip-width apart. Step off the box in a controlled movement. Land with your feet shoulder-width apart, using a good bend in your knees to absorb the landing. Work to keep your knees from caving in on landing. Once you've controlled the movement, swing your arms and perform the counter jump, working to jump as high as possible. Once again, land with your feet shoulder-width apart, using a good bend in your knees to absorb the landing. Work to keep your knees from caving in on landing. Stand up. Step back up to the box and repeat for prescribe reps.
More Building Blocks:
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Now it's your turn:
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