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.
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
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- Nick’s approach to multi-jumps was heavily influenced by Glenn McAtee. To learn more about Coach McAtee, listen to our interview with him on Episode 43.
- Bill Knowles is another top coach and physical therapist who has this philosophy for using multi-jumps. He was mentioned in this episode and also was a guest on GAINcast 49.
- Low amplitude jumping is also a key component of our warm up, which we discussed in Episode 58 and demonstrated for members in Lesson 2 in the HMMR Classroom.
- Our new theme music was composed by Benn Harradine, Australian discus record holder and founder of Harradine Performance. He was a guest on Episode 26 and Episode 70. If you are a discus thrower, check out his new discus drill database.