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By dropping your chest lower than your butt, your center of gravity stays lower. This makes it easier. Overall you're not jumping higher, just your legs are. When your hands hit, you have to push the ground away to get your chest high enough again to not face-plant.


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To answer the question of what drills undermine vertical leap ability, we need to first discuss what's needed for a good vertical jump. First, there's two types of vertical jumpers: standing and running. A standing vertical jump is when you are stationary on the ground and leap up with all your strength, useful in football and weightlifting. A running ...


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As a fellow traceur, this is one of the vaults I've had most difficulty in achieving. The type of kong vault you are referring to is commonly known as a diving kong. To perform a diving kong it's all a matter of progression, technique and commitment. In order to properly perform a good diving kong, you must take off from a split-step instead of a punch (a ...


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Also look into going to a gymnastics center for some basic classes. There are a lot of gymnastic techniques that are essential for a good traceur, such as rolls, body orientation, proprioceptive/kinesthetic awareness, weight transition, etc. One of the things that is going to help you in your kong along with the center of gravity noted in the other answer ...


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According to Dan John, once you can do squats at your current body weight for a set of 10, strength is not your limiting factor (reference). That is squatting with a bar on your back that weighs as much as you do. Until you can reach that milestone, I would recommend to keep programming your squats. You don't have to push your squats more than that if you ...


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Considering that one of the biggest improvements you can make for improving your vertical jump is to get strong (PDF), I'd say there's no problem with gaining upper body muscle mass at the same time as you improve lower body strength. Get started squatting, deadlifting, chin-upping, and dipping.


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Firstly, you should understand that you have chosen a goal that will be difficult if not impossible to achieve. If you are currently carrying excess body fat then getting rid of that will improve your jump, but beyond that you will likely only be able to make small improvements. Explosive power is largely determined by genetics and is not trainable to ...


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Increasing 5-7kg in 2 months is something you can do while staying pretty lean. To increase primarily upper body mass and still maintain your vertical jump is also pretty easy. Diet Your diet needs to change so that you are increasing your mass by no more than .75 kg a week. That will keep you pretty lean, so it won't adversely affect the vertical too ...


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Swimming can of course develop tremendous leg and hip power, especially for breaststroke, but this does not directly translate into an improved vertical jump because the motion is quite different. The sport, however, requires developing an excellent jump for starting and pushing off the wall. For this reason swimmers train for vertical jumping both in and ...


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