This thread was inspired by LeeD who is always attempting feats of strength and fitness. Apparently the standing long jump is used at many combines for pro athletes, so it is a fairly simple way to test your explosive movement. I first tried it on carpet and found the landing a bit jarring. Today I went and tried it in the backyard by jumping off a concrete walk into a planter. I was able to rake the planter to get a nice landing spot in fairly soft dirt, which also allows a distinct mark for measuring. On my forth jump I got 8'6" which was significantly better than my almost 7' jump on carpet. I'm going to track my progress in standing long jump as the year progresses and I start training for more power. LeeD, you better start training!