Vertical Jump Training

I was not blessed with height but I have always been a very competitive athlete so when I do something I want to be the best. I studied exercise science and received my bachelors in that field.

Before I started college I had a goal to touch the rim and I thought that all I would have to do was increase my leg strength and I would be dunking in no time. I didn’t realize that using a jump program would have made all the difference in the world. My reach is 36 inches away from 10 feet and I am not a natural jumper so I had a long way to go.

So I naturally started doing squats to see how much of an improvement I could make on my vertical jump. I only weighed 135 pounds at the time so I started out squatting the bar with a 45 pound plate on each side which was exactly my weight.

I quickly moved up to squatting 225 ten times in a matter of weeks but I still couldn’t touch the rim. I was devastated, I began to think that jumping might not be for me. How is it that I could increase my leg strength by 90 pounds and see almost no improvement in vertical leap height? It didn’t make any sense to me.

Well, a couple years into my college classes I took a biomechanics class which studies kinesiology. We covered a section known as jumping mechanics and it looked at many factors involved in plyometric training in order to increase vertical jumping ability.

It turned out that learning how to jump higher took a well designed jump program that would combine strength and speed. The only thing I had been training was the strength.

Vertical jump training will increase vertical leaping ability better than squatting 3 times your body weight ever would.

So I read everything I could and found all of the free vertical training information I could and even bought some books and read collegiate studies that had been done to increase vertical jump height.

After all of the research I did I finally understood the keys to a great jumping program and found a great program that incorporated all of the important factors.

Click here to see the best jump program I have ever come across.

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