Coach Back

About Coach Back

Daniel Back is the founder of Jump Science.

The Simple Formula

QUESTION 1: “So when it comes down to the essence of training for vertical jump, could it be summarized as shown below?

Step 1. Get stronger (with Squats & Deadlifts)
Step 2. Stop […]

The Key to Long Term Athletic Development

Most people, when they first train to improve their athleticism, have some level of success in the first few months. However, most people also stop having success beyond those first […]

How Football Players Get Fast

This athlete who emailed me is reflective of a pretty common situation in football. Players are often more developed in the strength department and need a shift in the explosive […]

The Science of Athletic Ability

The best way to increase your vertical leap seems to have become a sort of mystery these days; athletes wonder why the guy with really skinny legs can jump high, […]

The Foundations of Athletic Ability

We can break down a person’s athletic ability into two fundamental factors. The first is raw strength. This is simply the maximum amount of tension that can be generated by […]

Get More Fast Twitch: The Overshoot Phenomenon

Muscle fiber type is one of those topics on which people love to make uninformed statements. You may have heard things like, “Heavy weights work those slow twitch fibers.” Or […]

How to Squat CORRECTLY

“Simply by keeping my torso upright and knees wide like you recommended, I can now squat 325 at a bodyweight of 175. I can also pretty easily dunk a basketball. […]

Speed Science

This is a video series on top speed. The videos will cover physics, biomechanics, sprinting technique, and training strategies. The first video covers the physics of top speed and the […]

Evolution or Genetic Variety?

Watch the video on antibacterial drug resistance in E. coli.

Some people use this type of experiment as the chief evidence for darwinian evolution.

Here’s my beef. Bacteria have sources of genetic […]

Sprain your ankle to jump higher?

I received an email with some great examples of the value of rest and questions about the influence of conditioning…

Question: “Hi Coach Back… I had great success with your original […]