Improve Your Vertical with a Weight Training Exercise!

Preston Greene is the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the University of Florida basketball team. The Gators have made it to the Elite 8 in every season since he joined the staff. Watch and learn the keys to the “Romanian Dead Lift.” This weight training exercise builds the posterior chain which plays a large role in your vertical jump.

Romanian Dead Lift

Athlete Movements: The player should keep his knees slightly bent and his back arched. He bends over as much as he can while keeping the bar in contact with the lower extremities on the way down. Movement should only occur at the hip joint. Once the knees are slightly bent they shouldn’t move on the way down. The athlete then comes back up to the starting position.

Teaching Points:

    • This exercise should be done in progression before performing a Full Power Clean and Power Snatch.
    • Form and range of motion are the main priority.
    • The ideal number of sets is 4 with 8-10 reps.

Gain additional insight from this Championship Productions’ DVD “AAU Basketball Skills Series: Increasing Your Vertical Jump.” See how you can learn more Strength Training Exercises.

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