As we know all too well, we are all confined to an extent by the genetics that were passed down to us by our parents. Which means that no matter what you eat or how you train, odds are that you will never be able to jump as high as back-to-back NBA Slam Dunk Champion Zach Lavine who has a 41.5-inch vertical leap. However, that doesn’t mean that you should throw in the towel and give up on improving your explosiveness. Because while there might be a limit to how athletic you can become, it is up to you to find out what the limit is and the only way to do so is through becoming the most athletic version of yourself possible.
One exercise that can tremendously benefit your vertical leap and overall explosiveness is the explosive or pause squat. What separates the traditional squat from the pause squat as you probably guessed is the fact that you come to a complete stop at the bottom of the movement and then proceed to explode on up. Building explosive strength while taking some stress of the knees that is caused by the sudden stretch reflex reaction of a regular squat.
Regardless of the sport you partake in you will hardly ever go down and then suddenly pop back up. In fact, football players come out of a knee bent stance; Basketball players are often in a knees bent stance for seconds before they explode up. Which is why possessing explosive power from the bottom position is a must to be successful in almost all sports. Improve your explosive power and it will coincide with an increase in your vertical jump.
Check out Bradley Martyn breaking down the pause squat in the video below!
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