The broad jump is one of my personal favorite tests because it measures your horizontal lower body power output. I can go on for days showing the proof that athletes with the best broad jumps often have the best 40 times as well. When you look at combine numbers, the guy who sticks out the most is “Calvin Johnson”. He was a man amongst boys in this test and recorded a 11’7”. This is just mind boggling to me considering he weighs about 240 lbs and he can jump like that. This brings me to the main point of this blog post…Calvin also ran a blistering 4.39!! Hmmmmm, is that just a coincidence?
NOT AT ALL!! If you look up and down the combine lists you will see this same correlation and it’s pretty easy to understand. The more power you can generate from a stand still going forward, the faster your muscles work making you a speed demon. I am going to break it down even further. What I’ve noticed with the athletes I’ve trained as well as myself…The guys with the best broads accelerate better than those who don’t. I have been testing this theory for about a year now and have found some pretty cool feedback.
The higher (vertical jump) and further (broad jump) you have, the more of a powerful runner you are meaning you will accelerate fast. I have never been the type who starts really fast…I am more of an acceleration and it shows with my 10’6 broad jump. Every athlete who I have tested this theory on has proven to me that the further you jump the faster you gain speed over time.
What Are Some Ways To Improve Your Broad Jump?
You can start by practicing the actual form of the broad jump itself because that alone can add a few instant inches to your test. Once you have perfected the form, you should focus on increasing your limit strength (and for those of you who didn’t read my last blog, limit strength is your maximum ability to create force, or 1 Rep Max). As your 1RM goes up, so will your broad as long as you are not gaining a ton of weight and you are mixing in some plyometrics to build the elastic component of jumping.
Like I said above, broad jumps just like anything else, NEED to be practiced. You wouldn’t prepare for a football or baseball season without practice, so have that same mentality when it comes to combine tests.
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