The first thing you want to work on is stretching. Stretching is one of the most overlooked pieces of working out yet it can play a tremendous role. It has been found that stretching over the course of one month can increase your lower body strength by 15%. You will want to stretch after every workout of yours while focusing on the hamstrings, quads, hip-flexors and glutes.
Next, put more of a focus on your inner abdominal strength. While most are well aware of the importance of working out your rectus-abs, it is equally important you build the transverse abdominal wall just underneath. This will drastically improve your power movement allowing you to get better results. You can build this muscle by sucking in your stomach and holding the position for 20 seconds. Do this four times and continue this process a few days a week.
When trying to jump higher faster, obviously you will want to focus on your legs. You are not going to be jumping off of your arms which is why it makes sense to build the muscle in your legs. However, you can benefit from using your arms as well by applying a forceful arm-swing.
There really is nothing complicated or tricky about a forceful arm-swing. It is exactly as it sounds; you simply swinging your arms up fast while coordinating it with your jump. If you time it properly, the momentum from your arms can actually account for as much as 15% more lift than you typically get.
The last thing that few would ever think about when trying to increase their vertical leap is visualizing success. Think of it like the businessman visualizing living in Hawaii in owning his own business and then doing whatever it takes to accomplish this. If you visualize feeling lighter, feeling loose, and slamming the ball through the hoop, you will surprisingly see results. It is all about believing in yourself and your capabilities.
In order to jump higher faster you have to have the right mindset and work ethic. However, the secrets listed in this article prove that it is possible to increase your vertical leap with non-conventional methods.