The standing broad jump is a great way to increase overall leg strength. It is also a great way to measure your explosiveness. Think of the standing broad jump as a horizontal jump test. If you want to know how Michael Jordan got his insane ability to take off from the free throw line, check out this exercise.
The standing broad jump is pretty easy to perform. Begin by making a line on the ground in front of you. Extend a measuring tape straight out from the line that you have made on the ground. You’ll use this to measure your standing broad jump.
Once you’ve got your line and your measuring tape all set up, stand with your toes right at the line. Swing your arms a little bit to get some momentum and then squat down a bit and jump forward as hard as you can. Swinging your arms will help you get your entire body involved in the motion. This will also allow you to see what your absolute maximum standing broad jump measurement is.
Try to land in one spot and stay there. Measure the distance that you jumped with the measuring tape. A lot of people use the back of the heel as the measuring point for your broad jump.
I’ve written another article focused mainly on standing broad jump technique. Check it out.
Here is a pretty good video that I found on the standing broad jump. Check it out.
Standing Broad Jump Video