How to Jump Higher on a Bike

How to Jump Higher on a Bike
Getting air off jumps is a huge part of pulling off tricks using BMX bikes. While getting a bike off the ground using a simple jump like the bunnyhop is easy, higher jumps allow for more complex tricks and better scores in BMX competitions. Learning how to jump higher is a gradual process that requires good timing, strength, and muscle memory, but there are a few principles and tips you can employ to improve your jumping and get more air.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Keep your legs bent when heading into a jump. Your legs are the springboard from which you generate your upward movement. You should also try to keep your weight off the front wheel and jump from the back wheel.
Step 2
Lean backward and pull the front wheel off the ground towards you as you bend your knees further heading into the jump. One problem many BMX bikers make, particularly beginners, is that they lean forward and try to pull the front wheel up off the ground as they jump rather than centering the weight above the rear wheel and using the jump to propel it upwards.
Step 3
Push up from the rear wheel into the air, then bring your legs up quickly so that the rear wheel isn't kept pressed down by your legs. In an ideal jump, the bike will slowly carry upwards towards your body as your knees bend and hit your feet at the apex of your jump.
Step 4
Push the handlebars out in front of you, not down. This pulls the rear tire up behind you and can bring it up further, creating your space between the bike tires and the ground below. It also levels out the bike, making it easier to land without crashing.
Step 5
Continue to strength train your legs, back and core muscles. You should do a mixture of high-strength lifts and workouts to improve your muscles' explosiveness. This is derived from fast-twitch fibers in your muscles, and they need to be trained to be at their best.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Be patient when trying to improve your jumping. Even with perfect mechanics, it will take time for your muscles to build and develop in order for you to reach new heights.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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