Basketball – Vertical Jump

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.

The common question is “how can I increase my vertical leap?” and the expected answer is “Oh easy, just do ____”

Unfortunately, it isn’t that easy. It’s still simple, but there’s no quick solution. With the proper exercise and nutrition, anyone can jump higher. But what exercises do you do, how often do you do them, and what do you eat? Here’s a starters plan

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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 should alternate day 1 and day 2 every two to three days, depending on what your body is telling you i.e. soreness)

This would a good place to start. Just make sure you’re eating the proper diet afterwards! If you don’t know what to eat, you should look into muscle building nutrition, it’s very basic stuff, but I’ll explain the surface.

Muscle building involves tearing down micro fibres in order to rebuild them stronger than before. So to rebuild them, you need protein. Not only that, there are many other foods you should be eating to speed the process up, and many other foods you should be avoiding that could be hindering your success. Some of these foods are sugar, saturated fats, and according to some individuals, gluten. Stay away from these and eat foods like salmon, broccoli and bananas and you should be good to go. Other than that, stay away from soda drinks and replenish your body with water before and after your workouts.

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If you do these exercises and eat the right things, you should start seeing results and begin jumping higher than you ever expected soon.

Now you’re a master! Well, almost. This will help you gain inches to your vertical jump, but you can visit: How To Jump Higher on more, and really reach your potential.

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by Trey Vaugn