For improving jumping, explosiveness and overall athleticism, Westside Barbell’s Shane Sweatt likes training from the seated or kneeling positions.
During this CrossFit Powerlifting seminar at Integrated Fitness, a CrossFit box that does sport-specific training just outside Pittsburgh, Sweatt begins with seated box jumps. To properly execute the movement, the feet come up and are driven into the ground, the chest stays up, and the arms come back and forward.
“Arms are very important in jumping,” Sweatt notes.
Then it’s on to the kneeling jump, where the hips must fully extend before the legs come through.
“The farther you can extend your hips through, the more height that you’re gonna get on a kneeling jump,” Sweatt explains.
Next, he has the group practice kneeling long jumps, box jumps with a barbell, kneeling cleans, kneeling snatches and even a kneeling split snatch.
“It’s a way to get someone very athletic in movement—something fresh,” he says.
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Additional reading: Improve Your Jumping Ability by Bill Starr, published Aug. 15, 2012.