Usually after about a couple months of training my coach has our training group do some jump testing. You’ve heard this before since my blog is a little over a year old at this point and I wrote about my November jump tests last year. Just like last year, I did my first jump test of the year in my good ol’ Nike Structure Triaxes; although I might have been in some Equalons last year. We also added an additional test this time around: 3 hops-1 step. If you’re looking to try some of these tests make sure that you’re ending up on whichever leg you usually end up on for your jump phases (although you you can’t avoid ending up on the opposite leg with the 4 hops). I’ve been working on some specific things and just as you might imagine, all of my tests were better…except for one. A good bit better.
In all fairness though, this time around I took a tiny “half-step” (rather than my usual 4 stride walk up) into my short 6 step approach so maybe that resulted in the improvements. I’d like to think that’s pretty unlikely though! I just want to get a consistent feel for things and since I now walk into my full approach, why not add a tiny step to this one? I also had a weight room session immediately before the tests this time around, but the weights were relatively light since this is something of a recovery week for me. In any case, the results were very encouraging but watching the video allowed me to see just how much work I have to get to where I need to be. Let’s just say that it’s a lot. I’ll let the videos do the talking though and if you’re interested in a side by side comparison of this year’s results and last year’s results check just below the final clip. Also, check the video title for a description of the drill.
November ’09 Results → December ’10 Results
|4 Hops (Right)||72’1″ → 71’9″|
|4 Hops (Left)||67’3″ → 73′|
|3 Hops-1 Steps (RRRL)||71’9″ (Only This Year)|
|2 Hops-2 Steps (LLRL)||67’7″ → 71’8″|
|4 Steps (LRLR)||69’0 → 73’6″|