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Three, PR-Boosting Plyometrics for High Jumpers

Hey Jumpers,

It's interesting, as the season progresses, the questions I receive come in themes. First it's about form as jumpers struggle to get back to where they were last year, then, like clockwork, everyone starts asking about strength and fitness.

In other words, everyone is ready to jump higher.

I think weight training has it's place, but I LOVE, and I do mean LOVE, plyometrics because I attribute much of my success to it.

What are plyometrics? Dr Wikipedia says, "Plyometrics is a type of exercise training designed to produce fast, powerful movements, and improve the functions of the nervous system, generally for the purpose of improving performance in sports."

Let me sound a quick warning that you WILL be sore the day after you start training this way. But, it WILL pay off...big time.

Here are three plyometrics exercises I used in my own training as illustrated by a few guys on YouTube:

1) Box Jumps (note: uber-baggy shorts are NOT required ;)

2) Bounding

3) Hurdle Hops

You may want to set aside days just for plyometrics at first as they can wear you out pretty good at first. Start with a good warmup and then do a few sets of each exercise followed by a cool-down as well. Best of luck!


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