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Increase your vertical

Updated on December 30, 2015

How can one jump higher?

So you want to jump higher, who doesn't? Whether it's to become a better athlete and make it to the pro's, or if it's just to impress your friends at the YMCA, you can do it, with a little bit of dedication.

Why would you want to jump higher? Well if you play a sport like basketball or volleyball, it can turn you from an average player to the best player on the team. Basketball players tend to look just at the surface of this, and that's dunking. What you need to understand is that there is much more that comes with this ability. Yes you get the dunking, but it also gives you an incredible amount of confidence on the court. Even if you don't get the dunk, you'll still be able to rise over the competition to score! Maybe if you're more of a shooter, you'll be able to get the shot off without getting blocked. If you're not freakishly tall like most basketball players, you can still do the things they get to do by jumping higher.

Exercises

Well what exercises can you do to jump higher? Here's a good place to start.

Exercises to jump higher

First day

(sets by reps)

Pistol squats (3x 10)

Depth jumps (3 x 15)

Rim Jumps (4 x 10)

Second day

Bulgarian split squats (3 x 10)

Chair rockets (4 x 15)

Lunge jumps (3 x 15)

You shouldn't do these one day after the other. You need to be patient with the muscle building process, and should alternate day 1 and 2 every two to three days, depending on the intensity of the workout, and how you've recovered (you will be sore).

Check out more vertical jump exercises.

Diet

If you wanna build muscle, you need to eat. Trying to build muscle without getting proper nutrition is horrible for your body and you'll only be ruining your muscles. Here are some good options.

Great options

Chicken breast

Broccoli

Spinach

Beef

Protein shake

Potatoes


All of these foods can be substituted for another as long as they have the same or close to the same nutritional value. (e.g. switching out chick breast for salmon)

Poll

Why do you want to jump higher?

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Conclusion

Jumping higher can be cool, but it's definitely not the easiest thing in the world to do. While it's pretty simple, most people don't know what to do. There are many people out there who say it's just genetics, and if you weren't born jumping like LeBron James, you'll never be like him. These people are wrong. If you can control your effort, you can control your future, and we can all control our effort.

If you're looking for that next step to becoming the best player you can be, this is it.


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