As a basketball player it is important for you to jump high. Nobody is going to argue about that. Everybody who is physically healthy is able to jump, but to stand out from the rest of the world basketball players have to jump higher. Especially if they play in a team and have just the slightest ambition to perform well. So therefore it is important to focus on your vertical jump training.
Those athletes whose vertical jump is good tend to be better in their whole performance, not only at jumping. The vertical jump is a tool for more than just jumping. It increases the explosive strength of your body and the ability to use your strength and it also helps to show your power in your sport. In the world of sport the vertical leap is a way for coaches of measuring what kind of sportsmen they have in their team.
So vertical jump training is essential when you play basketball. Maybe you train with the whole team on that, but to get real results it is important to train your vertical jump four to five times a week. You probably do not train that often with your team – unless you are a pro – so the message here is to do a lot of that training by yourself. If you do not have instructions from your coach or trainer, you may surf the internet to find some good exercise programs. Some are free, for some you pay. You should also look up some basketball blogs or forums where people exchange the best tips on vertical jump training.
Make sure you give your legs a few days a week the rest they need. Or you need, more specifically. Getting a high vertical leap is not coming to you overnight; you have to work hard and long for that. So bursting out in a few weeks of seven days of training and then let go because you are fed up, is not the best way to go about it. To stay committed to the vertical jump training you must give yourself some days off.
Furthermore you must see to it that you eat enough proteins after an exercise session. That can be in natural food like grains, cereals, nuts, lentils or peas or by supplements. On the other hand you must also take enough carbonates and fat in to keep your body in athletic top form. Your club may have a diet advisor you can consult or will know whom to send you to. There is nothing wrong with hard training as long as you take good care of yourself.
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