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Depth Jump Question

The highest I’ve ever jumped was when I was about 17. That was the only time I could ever the rim. I’m 5’8 btw. All I did was do depth jumps from 2ft for a month then 3ft for a month, then keep on doing them from 3ft. Then there’d be times when I’d stop and start over because I’d sprain an ankle or just life got in the way. I would do squat, but it was back when I was ignorant and it was really only a 1/4 squat.

My question is, I’ve read that a 2ft depth jump is really advanced, and no one should do 3ft depth jumps. However, for me, doing 2 and 3ft jumps really helped me. Any thoughts? I almost feel like I’m holding back because of what I’ve read when I should just do what I’ve found worked for me.

just do what feels good man, within reason

if you were spraining your ankles, maybe 3 ft drops were hurting you more than you thought they were?

I regularly jump off stuff taller than I am, but I have been conditioned to accept the fall and stuff - so a 6 ft drop is easy. But I’ll tell you what - I wouldnt do it for reps thats for sure hahaha

Also consider your weight. A 3 foot depth jump is considered advanced because of the kinetic energy involved. However take an 8-year old and they would have no problem doing a 3-foot depth jump (although that may not be the safest activity) because they are so light.

I would not say that a two foot depth jump is “really advanced.” I would typically introduce depth jumps at 12-18" and progress from there. Most of the Russian literature that discusses “shock training” deal with drops from 1m or more.

In any case just because you made progress with one method does not mean that you might not have made more progress with another method.

[quote]DjSm28 wrote:
The highest I’ve ever jumped was when I was about 17. That was the only time I could ever the rim. I’m 5’8 btw. All I did was do depth jumps from 2ft for a month then 3ft for a month, then keep on doing them from 3ft. Then there’d be times when I’d stop and start over because I’d sprain an ankle or just life got in the way. I would do squat, but it was back when I was ignorant and it was really only a 1/4 squat.

My question is, I’ve read that a 2ft depth jump is really advanced, and no one should do 3ft depth jumps. However, for me, doing 2 and 3ft jumps really helped me. Any thoughts? I almost feel like I’m holding back because of what I’ve read when I should just do what I’ve found worked for me.[/quote]

It occurs to me that the reason two and three feet depth jumps are considered advanced is because of the tremendous levels of stress they place on your knees and ankles.

It could be some of this stress that lead to the deterioration of your ankles that led to you spraining them and having to take time off.

Well I would sprain my ankle because I landed on someone’s foot or something. That’s really something that can’t be helped.

I should really be pushing myself harder, but I think I’m over-thinking things as usual. I think starting to do higher depth jumps will really help me out with my jumping now that I’m stronger then I was back then. I’ll keep you guys informed.

Why did you go from 2 ft to 3 ft? did you stop jumping higher at 2?
If not how do you know you 3 ft is better than 2?

you know what they say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

[quote]Airtruth wrote:
Why did you go from 2 ft to 3 ft? did you stop jumping higher at 2?
If not how do you know you 3 ft is better than 2?

you know what they say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger[/quote]

It was part of the program I was doing. This was back when I had no idea what I was doing, but I followed the program and got great gains. I started off with a 12’’ vertical and eventually got to grabbing the rim, so I was getting 33’’ off of the ground. Some of that had to do with my body maturing as well, but hey, it worked. You’d do depth drops to get ready for depth jumps to get ready for 2 and 1 legged hopping.