HMMR Podcast Episode 88: Jumping

Jumping is an integral part of athletic development and training for all power sports. But we have a little different approach to it than most coaches. On this episode we discuss using mutli-jumps as a tool for athletic development, including a detailed look at Nick Garcia’s jumping progression, periodization, and more.

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Just yesterday we released our latest lesson in the HMMR Classroom: Or listen to our Lesson 4 on Multi-Jumps. This episode gives you a complete look at the lesson, minus the demonstrations and detailed routines. We share our jumping progressions, general philosophy and more.

What is most interesting is how Nick’s approach comes from a different point of view. The traditional approach to plyometrics and multi-jumps is to view them as a tool for power development. With this approach, the focus tends to be on exercises with higher and higher intensity. Instead, Nick’s approach focuses on jumps as a tool to develop robust athletes. With this approach, the focus shifts from intensity to finding ways to put athletes in new positions.

Plyometrics aren't just about power; they're about injury prevention & simulating positions/forces. Click To Tweet Jumps bulletproof your athletes. @nick_g_garcia Click To Tweet Jumping progression are about more than adding intensity. Find new movements and new positions. Click To Tweet @Nick_G_Garcia Jump progression: easy jumps, jump onto things, jump over things, jump + sprint/throw. Click To Tweet

You don't think about shin angles in a game. Create problems for athletes to solve on their own. Click To Tweet Even elite athletes need to go back and do basic jumps. @nick_g_garcia Click To Tweet

Another advantage to this approach is it does not take much time. You can do more short sessions and over the course of the year the volume is enormous:

Low amplitude jumps can get you a lot of contacts in little time and the volume adds up. Click To Tweet

To hear more on jumping, listen to the full episode above. Or listen to our whole webinar on the topic here. Also be sure to subscribe to our podcast and review it on iTunes.

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3 replies
  1. Paul
    Paul says:

    Hi guys
    Especially for younger athletes, why wouldn’t you play basketball as opposed to jump progressions? I know it’s not specific, but the variety of jumps, mixed with cutting and explosive sprints, plus, maybe more importantly, the kids are competing and having fun, not performing yet another drill? It may sound naive, but kids can be over coached and can become complacent, waiting for yet more instructions from an adult.
    My two cents worth anyway. Thanks for your stuff. I have nothing to do with track and field, but your stuff is thought provoking and translates well into other sports, like golf and baseball.

    • Martin Bingisser
      Martin Bingisser says:

      Well I play basketball with my kids once a week. It’s a great tool for the exact reasons you mention. However at a certain level you also want to get an additional stimulus (in basketball you jump a lot, but not all are the highest of intensities), so that is where progressions can help. But as Nick mentioned in the podcast, this is not the only way to jump. And the jumping program needs to be put in place with the whole training in mind.

  2. Coach P
    Coach P says:

    I wouldn’t play basketball because the sprains you get when your foot comes down on the side of someone else’s foot and rolls over are the among the worst you can get. I’ve seen them ruin seasons. Maybe way out of season.


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