[quote author="ex400" date="1190769383"]
[quote author="mortac8" date="1190340332"]
You're lucky Barto. I get girls who squat 95 & long jump 3.80 and guys who squat 400 & long jump 6.80 :duh: You make it sound so simple…just increase someone's squat from 120 to 180 and they will improve 40cm :puzzled: I ask in all sincerity.
Mortac, if your numbers are real, then your kids need better speed or better technique, not more strength. Or maybe they are throwers who are trying to jump.
But a little strength training can sometimes go a very long ways. I jumped in the Dark Ages. As a high school senior I was 5'9" and weighed 135. Jumped 6.25 m. College freshman: exactly the same. Sophomore: same again. Summer after sophomore year I was working out at local college track with the idea that if I didn't see some improvement I would quit the sport. A world-class jumper training for Oly Trials was there, too. One day he said to me: "your speed is not bad and your technique is good, but you're weak. Do some weight training." Back at college, I started doing quarter squats. Didn't go deeper because I had no coaching, no technique, didn't know any better, our equipment had no safety features of any kind and I was in our "weight room" alone most of the time. If I lost control of the bar it would have been extremely dangerous, as I came close to finding out a couple times. So quarter squats it was, and barely that. Got up to about 350 lbs, IIRC. I think my weight went up to about 138. Junior season: 6.85 m. Senior: 7.05.
You can't pick out your genetics or choose what athletes you get, at least, not at Mort's level. I think his numbers are fairly ordinary for athletes with an extensive weightlifting background (in his program), but no speed genetics.
As a high-school coach, I certainly appreciate that you take what you get in athletes. I'm just suggesting that with those strength numbers and those jump distances, more strength is not the thing for him to emphasize. My guess is that technique is where to work. If speed is really lacking with those squat numbers, then, seriously, they might want to think about throwing.