People often ask me for tips on how to jump higher and faster. Fortunately, I have an answer for that.
Plyometrics. What is plyometrics? Plyometric exercises use explosive movements to develop muscular power. Plyometric training acts on the nerves, muscles, and tendons to increase an athlete’s power output without necessarily increasing their maximum strength. Plyometric training involves practicing plyometric movements to toughen tissues and train nerve cells to stimulate a specific pattern of muscle contraction so the muscle generates as strong a contraction as possible in the shortest amount of time – usually a focus on explosive power.
What does this mean in terms of my wushu training or any sports training for that matter where you want to have explosive power? It means if you are diligent enough to train everyday you should mix up your training so that certain days you focus on a single explosive move like a standing jump where the second you contract you jump. You must make sure to do this as FAST as possible. For example if you do jumps in place.. the second you land you would want to jump up again.. as high and as fast as possible. Maybe do a rep of 20 and then rest.. and then do another 20. For this particular exercise if your muscles are not conditioned to do 20 cleanly and QUICKLY.. then start with 10, 10, and 10 more.
Okay apply this principle to the rest of your workout and notice your increase in speed and hops.