Are you a Leaper or a Jumper?
Leapers are able to jump higher by taking off on one foot (Leap) and Jumpers do much better taking off with two feet on the ground.
“Well Good leapers are people like Micheal Jordan, Scottie Pippen and the Human Flight Film. These professional athletes have an insane ability to glide to the ring for a dunk.
Good jumpers are people like Vince Carter, Dominique Wilkins and Tracey McGrady who explode close to the basketball for a powerful slam or dunk.”
From a scientific perspective, I don’t buy that crap. Obviously not many of you have seen Tracy McGrady or Vince Carter dunk from the free throw line. I think that statement dispels that myth. Dr. J, Brent Barry, Jordan, Carter, have all dunked from the free throw line. Being able to take off 15 feet from the basket will obviously prove you have “leaping” abilities. Or this simply means you can get up high enough on just one leg. Both Jordan and Carter have know to be able to get their head above the rim when they take off on both feet. And when they leap, they can leap from the free throw line. This means they not only have similar physiques but also similar verticals. What this means is that the fundamentals of the human biomechanics hasn’t changed at all.If you can jump high enough, then you can dunk. Does it really matter if your a “leaper” or a “jumper”? If you can dunk on one foot, then you can dunk on both, two is simply better than one.
What is the Posterior Chain?
All strong athletes have strong posterior chains. The posterior chain consists of lower back, hamstrings, calves & glutes. These are the most concentrated and powerful muscle groups. Rather than focusing on a single group, such as the calves, it is much more important to stimulate and work on you largest muscle group, the glutes. Why not use them? It only makes sense to train your largest muscles and get the job done, not just a small pair of calves. Exercises such as deadlifts and squats work dramatically well to improve your body because it uses 70% of your entire body’s muscles when you perform them. If you can lift double your body weight, you can sure as hell dunk. When your glutes and hamstrings are stimulated from working out, it will release extraordinary amounts of testosterone and growth hormones, which will multiple your usual gains from training. Testosterone is simply the essence of strength and is what separates men from boys. It is an advantage male athletes have which separates them from females athletes. The strength gained will also improve the small calf muscles, while at the same time building in muscle memory and coordination as all the muscles are firing at once.
The bottom line: Increased posterior strength = Increased athleticism
The Most Efficient Jumping Form:
Jumping with both feet in conjunction with the correct form is the most efficient way to jump high. It uses all your muscles including your upper body to generate the most thrust. This form uses a short run up, then planting both feet on the ground. The moment both feet are planted, the arms are used to convert the forward momentum into upwards by swinging them and then following through with your jump. This action will use the extra energy from your run up for your jump addition to the power generated from both legs.