The broad jump or standing long jump is an introductory plyometric exercise that can help improve explosive power. Although it is introductory plyometrics, I’ve categorised this as being advanced because you need to have some strong legs to control the landings for this one. You should already be very comfortable squatting and should be able to at least squat your own bodyweight before considering this as an explosive power exercise choice.
The angle at which you explode your body through is very similar to the angle for accelerating in a short sprint making this exercise perfect for improving your speed and strength out of those first 10 metres of your sprints. Ensure your thoroughly warmup on this one progressing through higher intensity jumps (60%, 70%, 80% etc.) before trying to jump as far as you can. Emphasise landing well before you start to go for max distance.
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Allan Young is a Personal Trainer and coach educator in Glasgow who operates Strength Coach Glasgow and is a 4x Scottish Champion Olympic Weightlifter.