The Broad Jump is a ballistic exercise for beginners to improve neural pathways for explosive running and jumping, body control and coordination.
Before you engage in ballistics you may want to take a look at Ballistic Training: How To Optimize Explosiveness for maximum results and a sample ballistic training workout for advanced athletes.
Broad Jump Progression
If you use additional weights…make sure you use appropriate weight so you can control the action throughout the entire range of motion. Otherwise you defeat the purpose of the exercise.
Very often, people use too much resistance and they become sloppy. Especially when it comes to maintaining dynamic stability and landing in the same spots repetitively.
Also, don’t just progress with adding more weight. First, maximize the speed while maintaining perfect form.
Here are the progression levels:
- Beginner: look down during landing
- Advanced: look up during landing
- Professional: land on one leg
Broad Jump Description
- Stand up straight and position the feet under the hips; arms remain close to the body
- Place 2 agility rings in front of the feet and step inside
- Flex hips while simultaneously swinging arms posterior (counter-move arm swing); look forward
- Jump forcefully forward; swing arms anterior and over the head; fully extend hips
- Land on both legs into a squat position; look down to the ground during landing; lean forward with upper body
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