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    Cool Power test

    A common lower power test is the vertical jump test and its meant to test your maximum output. Does this mean that an individual with a better vertical will also have a better leg press compared to an individual with a lower vertical.

    P.S is it more appropriate to say the vertical test measures pound for pound strength rather then maximum output
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    Better vertical does not equal better leg press. Different aspects of the strength-speed continuum. You really cannot compare the two.

    Vertical also does not measure pound for pound strength as it does not actually measure strength. It measures the ability to generate force quickly. While it does measure power a lot of one's vertical depends on innate physical properties (ie, tendon lengths) and the ability to utilize a stretch reflex well, which is different than the ability to activate muscle fibers for a contraction as fast as possible. So there are different components of the power needed to maximize one's vertical jump and they all need to be trained to some degree (the stretch reflex properties typically with plyometrics, the actual strength production of muscles as fast as possible with squats (to a point) and then jump squats/cleans/snatches/etc).
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    Big leg press is primarily about **** form. But you can't cheat on vertical jump.
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    Pretty sure any strongman will have a much stronger leg press than any basketball player despite for the most part not jumping as high. There are people who have very "strong" legs who don't jump nearly as high as certain athletes. Vertical jump depends on alot of things.
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    Your jump has everything to do with your weight. Not sure you can say the same with a leg press...
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    Athletic abilities like vertical leap, sprinting, and throwing involve strength/power, but they're not measures of strength and largely are abilities people are born with (although you can develop them further) - which is why the people who jump the highest, run the fastest and throw the farthest don't necessarily have the biggest arms or legs.

    Think in terms of your favorite quarterback, he likely has cut but thin arms, or looks like he never lifted a weight in his life. But even back when he was in junior high he could prob throw a football much further than you can now.
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