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Old 10-11-2004, 06:01 PM   #11
Rick Worthington
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Lincoln - I like that. Probably a decent warm up exercise for a leg day as well.
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Old 10-11-2004, 07:52 PM   #12
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Color me skeptical about Jordan having a 48" vertical leap. Maybe with a step, I could buy it. But a standing vertical jump--I'm not sold.

Just to make it clear, I'm not saying Jordan wasn't a great athlete (he clearly was), nor am I saying he wasn't a great jumper (he was), but I'd be highly surprised if he actually had a 48" vertical leap, at least on the basis of a strict vertical leap test.

Here's just one article that may throw some doubt on Jordan's claim, written by the Miami Heat's S&C coach:

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Old 10-12-2004, 12:36 AM   #13
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TJ and I talked to Coach about it this summer and I'm pretty sure the conclusion was that it was up to a box that is equivalent to half of your height. A true standing vert of 50% height is incredibly rare, as that article points out.
Some of the guys in my gymnastics club and I like to do a front flip high jump competition. We stack up a bunch of mat and see who can jump up onto the highest stack. I tied for the victory with a resi-pit and 4 18 cm landing mats. It was about neck height. This was done on a gymnastics floor, of course!

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Old 10-12-2004, 09:50 AM   #14
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I am a 5'10" desk jockey. Ten years ago, at age 36, after a year of 6 days a week volleyball (and no other training), I had a vertical leap of 29.5 inches. I think that with a good coach and training program I might have been capable of a 35" vertical leap. I have never considered myself very athletic and I was really proud of that jump. I think a vertical leap of half your height is a suitable goal for the trophy case.
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