Coach Back

About Coach Back

Daniel Back is the founder of Jump Science.

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 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. […]

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 […]

Jumper’s Knee

The stretches and exercises he shows to avoid and/or recover from the jumper’s knee are the best. I had a really bad jumper’s knee, but 1 month later I didn’t […]

The Truth About Westside Dynamic Effort

Let’s talk about lifting light weight as part of your strength training regimen. I recently got into a discussion (argument) with a couple people, which revealed to me that there […]

Jump Science University: Muscle Tension

The video series below covers biomechanical and physiological factors that influence muscle tension. Along the way you get a good amount of university level anatomy and physiology education. With this […]