The gym I currently train at doesn't have equipment for Olympic lifting with barbells, so instead I'm using dumbbell Olympic lifts and box jumps (with either one leg or both) for my power/explosiveness training. However, I'm a bit lost as to how to measure my box jump progress, and how much improvement I should expect in a given period of time.
With my barbell power clean, I knew that as an average-size somewhat-athletic male new to lifting, I can expect to add roughly five pounds to my power clean every week or even every workout until I reached approximately a little under my own bodyweight. I don't know what to add to my box jump (height? reps? weight?), or how much, or how much to expect in a month or a year.
My current program is, roughly:
- Light 10- to 20-rep back squats, circa 40kg, for hip mobility
- 3 sets of 5 front squats, circa 75kg, with 2 to 3 minute rests, during which I do a set of 5 box jumps at approximately hip height, making for a total of 3 sets of 5 box jumps supersetted with the front squats
- 1 set of 5 deadlifts, circa 130kg OR 3 sets of 5 one-arm dumbbell snatches circa 24kg
- 3 sets of pull-ups, ~10-12
- 3 sets of dips, ~15-20
- occasional metcons from Catalyst Athletics or Ross Enamait
Keeping in mind that my goal is to use it as a training tool to develop explosive power (not to improve my box jump per se), how should I measure progress with the box jump? What kind of progress should I expect? Should I be jumping six inches higher after the first month, or an inch higher per month for the first year, or should my ability to do more reps increase while the height stays the same? Should I keep the box height constant and measure improvement with a vertical jump test? Personal experiences welcome, as are references.