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Published on June 30, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Sport
Long Stride

Mathmatically, sprint speed can be represented by stride length multiplied by stride frequency. So I did a little experiment to see if focusing on stride length can have an immediate positive effect on sprint speed. Well, it turns out it can have an immediate effect (5% faster speed in my case), so keep reading to see more details.
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Published on June 29, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Sport
Vertical Jump

This technique comes from the book The Vertical Jump: Advanced Speed And Strength Methods by Joe DeFranco (sorry, I don’t know where you can but the book) and also The Jump Manual. It’s one way that you can instantly improve your vertical jump performance by 1-2 inches, so it is a great stretch to do before a basketball or volleyball game (and in half-time too) or a fitness test.
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Published on June 8, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Sport
Usain Bolt Hip Flexors

The hip flexors are too easily forgotten by weight training athletes, maybe because they can’t be shown off like big quads and calves. Sure, they’re small and hard to notice, but they do play a part in your sprint speed. Take this study for instance (we’ll get to the exercises after the study):
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Published on April 30, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Sport
Goalkeeper Diving

Can you dive to the top corner of the goal in an instant? If you’re not yet at that level, then strength and power training as discussed in this article will help you.

While jump training is just one of many aspects that can improve your goalkeeping, it is still able to give you an advantage over your less-trained competition.

Can you remember any times when you jumped for the ball and just barely missed it. I’m sure you can think of many examples. That is the sort of time when jump training really shines through, helping you to make difficult and impressive saves.
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Published on April 25, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Sport
Vertical Jump Head to Hoop

On this page we give a free preview of The Jump Manual. The preview is 100% free, no email address or credit card required, just download it below. We have reviewed the full program too, which you can read here – Jump Manual Review.

The preview includes 16 pages of tips on how to increase your vertical jump instantly. That is not hype, it actually works.
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Published on April 23, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Sport
Plyometrics and Weight Lifting

In our previous articles, we have already concluded that strength training (especially Olympic lifting), combined with plyometric training is optimal for increasing vertical jump.

Combining the two training methods far surpasses either method done alone. So this article will outline the relevant exercises that you should be doing from both training methods to maximize your vertical jump.
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Published on April 21, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Sport
Diagonal Cone Hops

A small improvement in your agility and speed can be the difference between you running beside your opponent and you overtaking your opponent. So with the goal of improving your agility an speed, we take a look at the effectiveness of plyometric training.
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Published on April 18, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Sport

Some people think that squats are best for increasing vertical jump and some people think they are useless. The same can be said for plyometrics since it’s hard for people to know the truth without proper research. In this article we show you the results of experiments that compare both methods separately and combined. Learn the truth about increasing vertical jump below.
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Published on April 17, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Sport
Fitness Tests Long Jump

Make sure that every aspect of your fitness is improving over time by testing yourself against these 11 fitness metrics. You can complete all of these tests by yourself for free.

I’d suggest writing down your scores for each test and completing the test again every month or two, to see how much you have progressed. An elite sports person will score well in every test listed here, so if you score badly on any test, then it’s an area in need of improvement.
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Published on April 15, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Sport
Spartan Race

Climbing, jumping, crawling, running. The Spartan Race will test your whole body in ways it has not been tested before. This pages includes photos, descriptions and training recommendations for each obstacle in the Spartan Race. Note: Obstacles may vary between events.
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