I’m curious about how some personal bests in the vertical jump and short sprints were acheived by people who have had these measured. And what methods were utilized to obtain the pr measurements.
I am now 34 years old but my best measurement in these tests were a few years back. I was 26, and weighed 245# at 6’2". I did not consistently test either of these for years and in fact I think that at the time I just felt athletic so I was curious about my speed and jumping abilities.
38" vj with one step
4.59 forty, hand held time
edit: In my teens I could not run especially fast what helped was strengthing my lower body and running sprints down a hill that leveled out and maintaining that speed aka overspeed training. (not that a 4.59 is blazing but who knows, maybe I was faster durng my overspeed training era)
My training consisted of max higher rep deadlifting every two weeks, 18" high box squatting (DE) once per week, a hanging low pull that was basically a “super shrug”, plyos 2x per week consisting mainly of hurdle hops for 5 hurdles and then a sprint (repeated 5 to 10 times) and some low impact single and double leg hopping, and racketball three times per week.
I was benchng etc. but have not listed upper body work, but it wasn’t extensive. The reason for max higher rep dl is that I had a knee that didn’t agree with deep squats at the time, it has recovered. I probably could have been doing a differnet exercise but it is what I chose.
I have utilized other lifts as well but this is just what I did at the time and although I have been stronger at different times I beleive that I possessed more explosiveness while training in this manner at this body weight utilizing a combination of methods. Maybe I could have run faster and jumped higher at another time in my life but I didn’t really ever test so I don’t know if this was my peak or not but I thought it was good.
And for vj purists this was with one step so I will call this a running vj.
If a similar thread already exist or did at one time let me know and I will look again for it.