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How to improve your vertical jump

Updated on May 4, 2010

How to improve your vertical jump

As a BasketBall player it is important for me to improve my vertical jump and in this hub I will show you some simple techniques that will help you improve it. Lots of factors contribute to in determining how high you jump but as far as I'm concerned your body weight , leg strength ( especially the calf muscles ) and self beleif is the most important factors in improving your jump. There are many hubs about reducing body weight so I suggest you read a few of those to loose your weight a bit. I will discuss some simple exercises that you can do to improve your leg muscle strenght and some other factors like balance , visualization which also helps in improving your vertical jump. Although you cant improve all of them and cant master all of them the sum of all this well definitely help you improve.

With proper training improving your vertical jump is not a problem
With proper training improving your vertical jump is not a problem

Some basic exercises to improve your vertical jump

Not everyone has access to quality gym facilities but there are some basic exercises anyone can do to improve the vertical jump

  • Skipping - One of the easiest to start with and it provides a good workout for the whole body as well. This will strengthen the leg muscles , especially the calf muscle which is important to improve you jump while providing a good workout for the whole body.
  • The duck walk - This is somewhat difficult exercise to do but one that will yield great results. If you just starting out it is advisable to do this for a little time. This stretches almost every muscle while strengthening them. There are different versions of the exercise and any version of it will definitely help to strengthen the muscles.
  • The calf raise - It is a bit difficult and will took some writing to explain so I found this YouTube video that explains it very well. It is really good since it shows how to start doing this exercise and then you can try the actual jumping. A great way to improve your vertical jump.

The calf raise is a great exercise to increase your vertical jump

Tuning the mind - Visualization

With the advancement in sports psychology more and more people are trying to find tune there mind to perform better and it is no different when it comes to improving your vertical jump. Visualization is a powerful tool that I feel is not fully utilized. After practices we use to visualize dunking , winning matches and playing well and those things help a lot even though we are not aware of it. In context of Basketball you can visualize you dunking the ball, the cheers from the crowds , high fives from the team mates etc and these will inspire you to achieve what you want.

These little things helped me improve my vertical jump and I hope you will find the useful too.


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      Nishadha Silva 

      8 years ago from Sri Lanka

      You are welcome DIY , these are relatively easy to do with no or very little cost

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      DIY Backlinks 

      8 years ago

      That sounds like a great way to get your vertical jump up. My son plays high school ball and can almost dunk it now so I will have him try this exercise. Thanks for the tip.


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