Developing Horizontal Power

It’s fairly simple to develop vertical power in the weight room with traditional Olympic lifts and traditional vertical based plyometric movements, but developing horizontal power becomes a little trickier, especially if you are like me and don’t love traditional broad jumps because of the shear forces of the landing, which scare me a little.

One of my favorite ways to train the movement pattern is with the band broad jump, which is a safe and effective way to develop horizontal power, allowing for a high concentric horizontal force but also decreasing the eccentric stresses and shear forces cause by the landing.

The other no brainer is just sprinting.

Or sprinting with a sled.

Or pushing a heavy sled.

And swinging heavy Kettlebells. Maybe even band resisted swings sometimes.

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