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Lower leg strength crucial for jumping.

@EdwinBona, [02/05/2023 23:33]

Yeah I'm the same and now that I'm playing basketball again it's really exposing my weak lower legs. Gonna start really focusing on the feet, calves, soleus ,tibs. Can't really harness all my power with the weak links

Ben Patrick, [02/05/2023 23:48]

@Edwinbona they definitely assist the springs. It’s kind of like: whatever power the hips and knees can put out, the lower legs can help harness that.

Much like the hip flexors for running. THEY don’t make you run fast, and lower legs don’t make you jump high. But weakness in them can prevent potential from being seen.

@EdwinBona, [02/05/2023 23:54]

I'm honestly pretty good off two legs, but one leg jumping is noticeably a lot harder on my feet and calves.

Ben Patrick, [03/05/2023 00:54]

Yes, lower leg is commonly the limiting factor for one foot jumping after lifting for years (Compare Olympic high jumper vs sprinter). Sprinter upper bodies are jacked compared to high jump.

Point is, people can chase “athleticism” but not see one foot jump improve. It relies on a ton of lower leg relative to bodyweight. Hence Lebron James, made by nature, still has massive lower legs relative to upper.

So you absolutely can have muscle mass and be a great one foot jumper, just have to be that much stronger in lower leg. Size + athleticism TRENDS toward $ in sports. And your body is looking like that of a sprinter, lean but jacked in lower and upper body.

For longer sprint events it seems like legs and shoulders and mid back stay jacked. But upper body size tones down a touch.

Basketball for most players is kind of like 400m sprint + high jump lol. But for a taller player you can add more muscle and dominate!

If KD had Ben Clarfield training and dieting him full-time, he’d have 5+ championship rings now instead of 1.

When in doubt, keep getting stronger, and just make sure it’s proportionately from the ground up.


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