How To Gain An Edge Over Your Competition By Improving Your Jump Skills

Quick fact:

Basketball players need to learn how to increase their vertical jump!

Actually it’s not just basketball players, it’s also volleyball players, football players, etc..

By improving this skill, everyone will do better in their sports.

The problem is, not everyone are born with “jumping genetics” or can be referred to as natural jumpers.

If you believe you fall within that category of people who were not blessed with the godly talent of jumping high, but you still want to be able to dunk like Derrick Rose and be a badass on the court, know that there are some things you can do to add at least 5 to 10 inches to your vertical jump.

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A vertical jump test

The Strength Factor

The first thing that you need to start doing is to improve your overall muscle strength. For this to happen you need to start befriending with the iron plates and do some strength training.

Since you are aiming to improve your vertical jump, your exercises must be more focused on improving the muscle strength of your lower extremities, i.e. your legs. This will increase the output that you’re able to generate when jumping.

Pumping iron or other ways to boost your strength is highly important. However, overdoing it can be detrimental to your vertical as it also slows you down.

Single Leg back squats from a seated position is a good starting point for strengthening the quadriceps muscles.

Range of Motion

knee-range-of-motionIncreasing your range of motion is one of the most effective ways to boost your vertical jump. Every workout you do should consist of some form of range of motion increasing activities as it assists you with making more use of your muscles with less risk of an injury.

In fact, experts invented these routines particularly to increase your flexibility. This is made to prevent muscle tightening, which really prevents you from jumping high.

As a rule of thumb, the more range of motion you have and the more flexible you are, the more force you’ll be able to create when jumping. It’s important that you pay attention to which muscle groups you need to work on that limit your flexibility, that way it’ll be easier for you to enhance your jumping capacity.

Core Importance

Did you know that it’s equally important to work on your core as you work on your legs in order to make a difference on your vertical. This is because a strong core is where the energy to the legs actually begins.

Yes, when you’re coming to jump, the thing that sets off your hands and legs is actually your core.

There are different methods of strengthening they body’s core. These include plank variations and one-legged squats. A good core routine will also be effective for enhancing your overall running speed, as well as strengthen and stabilize your peripheral muscles to reach higher heights when jumping.

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Everything begins from your core!

For a good core series consider making use of the Jump Manual if you want a vertical leap training that is strategic and efficient. This program provided me with a systematic set of workouts that enabled me to transform my jumping height.

Proper nutrition is also a key factor and it’s heavily emphasized in this manual because it just has a profound impact on your vertical leap and you’re ability to recover.

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