Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Do Your Calve Muscles Even Matter?

The purpose of this article is to evaluate the extent of which the calve muscles are able to make you jump higher. Do your calve muscles even matter? Of course they do but the question is how much. If you look at some of the highest jumpers, including Michael Jordan, Spudd Web, and Vince Carter one of the first things that you would say is that the do not have large calve muscles in comparison to builders.

So Why do They Jump So High?

Well there’s a lot of reasons why. Aside from the fact that they have been on the basketball court for years and the fact that they work out with trainers it also has a lot to do with genetics. More specifically muscle fibers. Fast twitch muscle fibers are the type of muscle fibers that relate to fast muscle movements and help you jump higher. So it is not the fact that their calve muscles are bigger than others, but more importantly the type of overall muscle fibers they have throughout their entire body and the muscles that are directly related to the jumping movements.

Can you Train for fast Twitch Muscle Fibers?

You can train for fast twitch muscle fibers. So even though you may be at a disadvantage to those with good genes, you can jump just as high as those with fast twitch muscle fibers and maybe even higher with a little hard work and determination.

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