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08-01-2009, 11:32 AM
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No, that is not due to the squatting, that's due to the Olympic lifters practice of explosive mouvements like the clean and the snatch. That's why they can jump higher and sprint much faster than powerlifters(who squat and deadlift much heavier weights).

Both olympic mouvements are an awesome way of developping fast twitch muscle fiber, they also developp your balance, your rate of force production, your flexibility and your CNS. Squats are good for maximum strength and have its place for vertical jump training, but what you said about oly lifters is just inaccurate.

If you're talking about Squat jumps though, that's a different thing altogether.

And what is an olympic powerlifter? You're either an olympic lifter or a powerlifter, two completely different things.

Here's a study on powerlifting(squatting, deadlifting and bench pressing the heaviest weights possible) vs olympic lifting(variations of Clean and jerk and snatch) on vertical jump improvement:

Olympic lifting provided a significant improvement on sprinting and vertical jumping. That's entirely due to the explosive nature of both mouvements.

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