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Just Fly Performance Podcast Episode #25: Daniel Martinez

This week’s guest is Daniel Martinez, founder of Entheos Athletics.  Daniel has a master’s degree from Edith Cowan University and is one of the brightest young coaches in the industry.  I first met Daniel at the Central Virginia Sports Performance Seminar two years ago, and had some great conversations with him on strength and sport performance.

Daniel has a great combination of practical training experience and integration into the research and technology component of physical preparation.  In today’s podcast, Daniel goes into detail on the finer points of utilizing technology to assess vertical jump ability, relative to one’s sporting needs.

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Just Fly Performance Podcast Episode #25: Daniel Martinez



Key Points:

  • How to train vertical jump in a sport where athletes are already jumping hundreds of times in practice
  • Jump profiling, and the idea of “jumping better before you jump higher”
  • Training for a game with a variety of types of jumps (slow contact, fast contact, etc.)
  • The four types of profiles that jumpers carry: high force-high velocity, high force-low velocity, low force-high velocity, low force-low velocity
  • The importance of trunk angle in lifting and transfer to dynamic performance
  • Ideas on maximal strength work and vertical jump relationships


“Duncan French put it really well when he said “kinematics are coachable and kinetics are trainable”

“Single leg landings are more of the rule in the men’s volleyball game (compared to women”

“If you don’t have good tissue relationships with the ankle and foot; Dr. Shepard has a good standard of 15cm in the knee to wall.  If they’re less than 12cm especially, then that is something that is going to be really problematic coming down on one leg at higher knee angles, trying to absorb all that through the system”

“If you’re just looking at 1RM’s, I think you’re missing the boat, and if you are just looking at jump height, I think you’re missing the boat”

“In volleyball, the faster jumpers will use more vertical trunk angles”

“In Peter Mundy’s research, he looked power and impulse relationships with a barbell countermovement jump.   And impulse actually rises at every load, up to 75% bodyweight loads, and then it declines at 100% bodymass countermovement jump with a barbell.  And one of the main reasons he believes it declines isn’t because they couldn’t necessarily jump with more impulse, but because the trunk angles they now have to use with the barbell on their back are now not consistent with task demands.”

“When someone has 100% of their body mass on their back, and you ask them to jump, that’s going to look a lot different than an unloaded jump”

“That’s the key to data, you want to do less testing and generate more data”

“The force-time relationship is how much time to you have to generate force in your sport”

About Daniel Martinez

daniel-martinezDaniel Martinez is a strength and conditioning coach from San Antonio, Texas and is also a recent graduate of the Edith Cowan University (AUS) Master of Science in Strength and Conditioning program.

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