Bill Starr offers up an air-superiority program based around squats and calf raises.
Being able to jump high is a great advantage in so many sports. After watching the NCAA basketball tournament, I am always impressed at how the men soar in the air. They not only climb ridiculously high, but they also seem to have the ability to hit a second gear and shoot up another few inches when they need to.
I also love watching beach and indoor volleyball. How some of those athletes get up way over the net seems impossible, yet they are able to do it time after time. Volleyball and basketball are the two sports that emphasize jumping ability the most—in team sports, that is. Individual sports such as high jumping and long jumping are all about soaring high and long.
Yet being able to jump high is also a great advantage in many other sports, although it’s seldom talked about.
The routine for improving the ability to jump higher is very simple. It consists of squats and two forms of calf raises.