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Workouts To Jump Higher

Updated on January 5, 2010

When it comes to learning how to jump higher and be quicker, in basketball or any other sport, this is what every coach and athlete needs to know. Most of the jumping programs and exercises that you've been doing in trying to learn how to jump higher are marginally effective at best. You might be putting an hour after hour of grueling work in the gym, but I'm willing to bet you're not seeing the kind of results you want. For example, have you seen dramatic increase in your vertical jump in the past few months? If you have, great. Have you added 10 inches to your vertical leaping in the past 12 weeks? Probably not. The reasons you're probably not getting those kind of results is because you are making the same handful of mistakes that all most everybody out there who's trying to learn to jump higher is making. This article will take a look at the probable reasons why you're not seeing the kind of results you want despite all your hard work.

There are a number of reasons why people don't get the kind of results they want in their vertical jumping training efforts. First of all, the right way to train to increase vertical jumping, especially if you're trying to figure out how to jump higher in basketball, is somewhat counterintuitive. A lot of the information that coaches and athletes receive and distribute is simply wrong. Their sources don't necessarily have the experience under their belt to know what works and what doesn't. A lot of it is written from theory. You never want to follow a leader who hasn't been there and doesn't actually know where they're going.

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Another problem that many people encounter is a combination of a lack of discipline and a lack of knowledge of correct practices and techniques. When you wrap these things together, you're inclined to not see the kind of progress you want and therefore not stick with the program. There's no way to increase vertical jump without putting in some hard work over time. But hard work alone won't do it. If you're doing the wrong exercises or using the wrong technique, results don't come, frustration sets in, and you settle for your measly existing vertical leaping (lame) abilities.

One of the biggest problems that people make when they're training their vertical jump is that they're training it wrong. Vertical jumping is an explosive effort, but most jumping programs actually trained more of an endurance style. A lot of times you'll see workouts to jump higher designed around many many repetitions of jumping , whether plyometric jumping off of a box or just off the ground. Oftentimes after jumping workouts and athlete feels that the copper something because they can "feel the burn" in their legs. They must be doing something right, right? Wrong.

Think of it like this: if you are training for 100 m dash, or you knew you were going to be timed in a 40 yard dash, what would you do? Would you train by running two, three, four or more miles a day? I hope not. If you did I can pretty much guarantee that you won't be happy with the results. However, when it comes to ways to jump higher, a lot of athletes use the endurance training mentality.

And for those who do recognize that they need to train the explosive aspect of their muscles, they often only do so by attacking one or two components of that explosiveness. Using another analogy this would be like trying to make a car go faster. You could make a car go faster by putting in a bigger engine right? But how do you think that would compare to a car that had a bigger engine, properly tuned transmission, better suspension, better tires, better aerodynamics, better fuel and a driver who is trained specifically how to make the most of that car. Who do you think would have a better chance of winning a race between those two vehicles? The same goes for jumping. If you want to know how to dunk or simply learn to jump higher, Your best bet is to incorporate all aspects of training ways to jump higher, not just one or two.

I'm sure that by now you can see there are many components that go into successfully designed workouts to jump higher. There are a lot of offers out there from a lot of self-proclaimed gurus... be wary. Do your own due diligence before putting any money down for any kind of “how to jump high” program. Check to see if the author or coach has a successful track record. Check to see if they stand behind their product with a moneyback guarantee. If they claim they can improve your vertical leaping, they should guarantee their work with a moneyback guarantee.

I've given you a lot to think about and you have a lot of options to choose from once you start looking around for tips on how to jump higher. If you're looking for a recommendation to start your research, I highly recommend looking into this product on how to increase vertical jump as it contains everything described above in detail, as well as other aspects that I didn't have time to touch on. Most importantly, the coach has a track record and stands behind his product 100%.

So now it's up to you. If you've been asking yourself “how can I jump higher”, you should now have a clearer understanding of what it's going to take. If you're willing to make the commitment, and you know it's going to take a lot of hard work, congratulations. You're definitely on your way to knowing how to jump high and how to dunk, if that's your goal. I wish you all the success in the world.


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      vertical training 8 years ago

      Great hub on jump training!