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Old 02-07-2011, 06:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was just curious to see if anyone has any great leg training work outs to improve my ollie Hight- plus I wanna strengthen my legs for landing big jumps- I can't practice big jumps to strengthen legs all year coz I don't live near any jumps- so Il have to improvise for now- any advice would be great
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Old 02-07-2011, 07:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not sure leg strenth really comes into play as much as good technique. For example, your legs are probably equal in strength while doing gym excersizes, but try jumping off your non-jumping foot and see how high you get. Ollies should mainly come from leaning back and using your board's kinetic energy to get air (it takes a while to get the hang of it), and landing past the knuckle requires very little strength.

That being said, the best excersize for your lower body are squats. Read up on how to do them at home if you don't have a gym membership, and make sure your knees are never past your toes when squatting.
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Strength has little if anything to do with a good ollie. How do you think some of these scrawny weak kids are able to ollie so well?

Regardless, if you are interested in leg strength for other activities, squats are the best way to develop it.
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Seems the best way to practice ollie height is to actually get on the board and try them
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not just your legs, to jump higher you actually need to lift up your arms at the precise time as well. believe it or not. core strength can also help.
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yeah your board is doing most of the work when you properly ollie....

but uhm... landing jumps.. should be pretty smooth unless you really biff it... I don't work out anymore at all and landing never bothers me... only leg exercises I do are tail presses and nose presses..
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