We often discuss here at VerticalJumping.com how important increasing your strength is for maximizing your vertical jump, however a big vertical isn't just about how strong you are.
A vertical jump is about POWER, not strength, and power also has a speed component. Power = Force/Time. In other words if you want a big vertical jump you need to not only be able to generate a lot of force, but you need to be able to do so quickly. That is where explosive strength comes in.
The ability to apply your strength quickly is known as Rate of Force Development (RFD), or explosive strength. A high level of explosive strength is what differentiates slow and strong athletes from fast and powerful ones.
If you want to be a powerful athlete with a big vertical jump then you obviously need to also spend some time working on your RFD. So the obvious question is how do you go about doing that? Well watch the video and you will get some good ideas about how to do this.
So there you have some simple but effective techniques to help you build explosive strength. Another point about developing a high rate of force development is that the training methods are actually a lot of fun.
For example the overhead medicine ball throws are a great fun to do if you have the space. Picking the medicine ball up and heaving it as far over your head as you can - it is a both beneficial at developing RFD, building your posterior chain and triple extension, and due to the uninhibited nature of the activity - quite primal.
Developing explosive strength is a key part of your training if you want to jump higher. Overcoming your own inertia, using light loads moved fast, weight vest jumping, paused strength work - these are all very good methods for helping develop that all important RFD.
However it shouldn't be overlooked that pretty much all forms of high effort jumping will provide an explosive strength training stimulus - the other methods listed above and shown in the video are just those that target it more specifically.
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