What will I need to “build” so I can dunk?

Per my last full post, I want to re-build my capability to dunk.  And to make sure that we all “know what done looks like”, by dunk I mean to dunk a men’s regulation basketball in a 10-foot goal by EOY 2010.   As I broke down the work, there are at least three sub-capabilities I need to have:

  1. Sufficient jumping ability to get my hands far enough above the rim.
  2. Sufficient “ball skills” to dribble or manipulate the ball (so it can be in my hands far enough above the rim).
  3. Sufficient balance and coordination to manage those two capabilities.

My dim memory of basic physics (see this site on vertical jump power), my awareness of my ever-expanding waistline, and multiple years of rust on my jumping muscles will have me focus on jumping ability first.  This will involve reducing the amount of mass I’ll need to move — KPI #1 — and increasing the acceleration I can impart on that mass (not sure the KPI for this one yet).

BTW: The KPI #1 baseline is 261 lbs as of 1/4/2010.  I have a Q1 target at home, but I don’t have it handy (probably in the 240’s).

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  1. 261 on what height?

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