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Which Are You? A 1 Or 2 Legged Jumper?
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Which Are You? A 1 Or 2 Legged Jumper?

Much like having a strong and weak hand, many of us not only have a preference for which vertical jump method we tend to like, but there is some evidence that suggests like everything else, from a motor-functional standpoint, we are predisposed to being good at one or the other. And just like the left/right hand analogy, there are some of us good at both (ambidextrous).

If you're not quite sure which style you are and aren't good at either, maybe a career in checkers is for you.

KIDDING!

I will say if you're weak at both, then getting physically stronger in your core, glutes, and quads is a priority right now.

However, if you are clearly dominant in either style, and want to see greater gains to improve your vertical jump, I suggest you stick to your preferred style for your short and mid term training goals and work on your weak areas such as core strength, foot to ground contact time (quickness), jumping form/technique. etc to enhance your style. However, please don't let me (or anyone else for that matter) tell you you CAN'T do both. It just might be a little more difficult to switch between styles on a dime. To alternate from being a good 1-legged jumper to 2 legged jumper you'll have to work on core strength (which is abs, obliques, glutes etc.) particularly in squat or dead lift type movements, along with lots of practice with the 2-legged jump form. The two legged jump technique should be a LONG step followed by a quick left/right (or right/left) explosion.

To alternate from being a good 2-legged jumper to a 1-legged jumper, you will have to concentrate and work on foot to ground contact time, and the "quickness" of your calves, glutes, and hamstrings' ability to absorb and transfer the explosive energy at high speeds. Again, practice the one-legged jump over and over to get your form down. Assuming your takeoff foot is your left foot, you should perform what is called the penultimate step (second to last step) by pushing off the the left foot and taking a LONG step with right foot, then a very quick right/left action and exploding as high and long into the air as possible.

Remember, no matter which workouts you use to increase your vertical jump, make sure you stick to your preferred style for your mid term goals! If not, you will run into much frustration as you won't see the gains you want as quickly as you want. Develop your strength first, then hit your non-preferred method.


Street Talk

I'm definitely a 1-legged jumper. I'll use this advice for sure! One day I'll be able to touch the rim lol.

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  about 9 years ago
Vernon L  

WOW thanks Tony! All these years I've been playing basketball and I didn't know that. I'm a 1 legged jumper and I'm going to take your suggestions by developing my strength first.

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  about 9 years ago
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