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Published on May 21, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Equipment
Power Lung Trainer

I have the Power Lung Trainer model, it’s the second most difficult of the 4 Power Lung models. I have been using it for about 4 weeks so far, and it has been great, so it’s time to review it.

The research all stacks up for resisted breathing training, so this review will be a personal case study. If you want the scientific research results, you can read that here instead – Increasing Lung Capacity.
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Published on May 2, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Testing
Home Vertical Jump

This method is a quick and easy way to test your vertical jump. Testing your vertical jump regularly (weekly or monthly) is a great way to measure your strength, power and explosiveness progress. The method is almost free, all you need is a tape measure, double sided tape, and a wall. It is the cheaper alternative (near free) to the Wall Mounted Jump and Reach Measurement Board (~$60) or the Vertec (~$600).
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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 25, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Equipment
Basketball Shoes

Adding inches to your vertical jump instantly sounds too good to be true. Well actually, it’s not.

It’s definitely hard to distinguish the effective from the ineffective though, so that’s what we will do in this article. Read on to learn what doesn’t work, and then what does.
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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 19, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Equipment

I built this rope climb for $21, plus an hour of shopping and half an hour of set-up. It’s a sturdy rope climb that can be easily hung from a tree, roof beam or something similar. In this article I explain how to build it. Note: I am in Thailand, so the materials could cost more where you live.

Rope climbs are great for your back and arm muscles and having your own rope can be good practice for Army rope climbs, or the rope climb in the Spartan Race.
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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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