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I can jump pretty high....(7 posts)

I can jump pretty high....QUiTSPiNiNArOuND
Oct 23, 2002 8:03 PM
does that make me a sprinter type. Im 5'4 and can touch 1/4 way up a basketball net. But im also really light, BMI of 18, does that make me a climber? Just Wondering, what do u guys think. Can i jump high cuz im light, or is it fast twitch>?
Not an expert but ....McAndrus
Oct 24, 2002 5:06 AM
I've read that jumping ability is correlated to fast twitch which means sprinter. When I was a young pup I could catch a b-ball rim and I'm 5'11" so I was a pretty good jumper too.
not a sprinterstr8dum1
Oct 24, 2002 12:00 PM
you are too small. You will get moved all around in the pack. Sprinting (unlike too many people think) is not just about a quick burst of speed. anyone can do that. You have to make openings and be able to move other riders around. Thats what makes you a sprinter.
Sorry, don't agreeshirt
Oct 24, 2002 12:49 PM
There are quite a few excellent sprinters who are of non-olympian stature. Don't fixate on Cipollini. Erik Zabel's only about 5'9".

I'm not sure why you need to be big to 'make openings.' I'd say it's more a combination of technique and attitude that lets you move where you want in the pack.

Physically, you're right, sprinting is about more than a quick burst of speed. You also need to be able to maintain that speed (speed/endurance), arrive at the final sprint zone with some gas in the tank (endurance), and courage. Launching 100m earlier than you want to is frequently the correct action, even though your brain tells you not to go so soon.
Yeah, Robbie McEwen is too small too (nm)RockyMountainRacer
Oct 24, 2002 1:08 PM
Yeah man, that guy's tiny. No wonder he can't sprint. (nm)shirt
Oct 24, 2002 1:34 PM
not a sprinterVeloflash
Oct 24, 2002 8:10 PM
If he can back squat more than 2.5 times his body weight he is genetically endowed with FT fiber.

But next we look at his morphology. I'm sure a Japanese sumo wrestler can back squat some impressive weights but he would fail the jump test. But he would be a good rider to draft behind :).

Ther are a number of tests that can identify talent potential. Small frame or large frame is irrelevant in sprinting. It is the power that is generated (with good biomechanics) relative to the size of the hole that has to be punched in the air.