If you are wondering how to increase your vertical jump then you have likely tried looking for a vertical jump program that will help you do so.
This was me about 2 years ago. I wanted to learn how to dunk so badly that I bought every jump program that I could find online.
I’ve bought 3 jump programs and all were ineffective and one of them was a scam where I paid $75 for a crappy DVD that didn’t even work…
…anyway, fast forward 2 years and I can dunk like many people wish they could. My vertical went from 18 Inches to 37 Inches in my first year training.
I used a program called the Jump Manual to get these shocking results and if you are curious here is a link to see my crazy results and full review of the Jump Manual.
But that isn’t the point of this article this post is about the 4 Common Mistakes I see many vertical jump programs make
This post is about the 4 common mistakes I see many vertical jump programs make on a consistent basis that can tank you vertical gains.
Here they are:
1.) Keeping The Exercise Rep Count Too High
Dunking requires a very explosive jump and very fast footwork. This will be addressed in a later tip but the key is to replicate explosive jumping in your workouts as closely as possible.
Having reps in the 8-30 range (I’ve even seen 50-100 reps from some other programs) for all sets is counterproductive to increasing your vertical.
Why you ask? …Becuase you are simply training your muscle for a movement that is not beneficial to jumping higher (which requires explosiveness, not endurance)
Repetition count should be kept very low for almost all workout exercises. 4-8 reps are the sweet spot for really challenging your muscles with strenuous movement.
The name of the game is explosiveness and exhaustion
If you still can walk to your car after a vertical jump workout then you did something wrong…not joking…or am I?
2.) Not Rotating Workout Routines
It doesn’t matter what you do in the gym, it doesn’t matter what exercises you choose to do, and it doesn’t matter what your goal is…
…If you follow this rule then you will certainly see results over time.
Guaranteed, and I’m a living example. (unless you read this article 80 years from now…)
Anyway, this Golden Rule Of Working Out I just pulled out of my a** actually is really relevant to this point.
If your vertical jump routine doesn’t rotate the exercises then you won’t be challenging your muscle and growth simply will not happen.
Always vary the movements you do and always challenge new muscle groups.
3.) Focusing Too Much On ONLY Strength
I talk about this more in depth in this post on strength and agility but vertical jump is all about a mix of strength and agility
If you ever have a vertical jump training program you do that ONLY trains strength your results will only be at 60%-70% of what it could be.
I’ve been training vertical jump for over 2 years (slacked this past year due to school) and I know this from experience…
…a few days after strength workout rotations my vertical goes down…then after plyometrics and agility rotations it explodes higher than before.
Speaking from experience, plyometrics and agility are absolutely crucial to maximizing vertical gains; always find a way to balance strength and plyometric training.
4.) Not Replicating Natural “Jumping” Movements
Remember the Golden Rule Of Working Out? It said, “…replicate the exercises to the movement you wish to optimize…”
So what must our at least consider as a major element? Yep…right, explosive jumping movements!
Many jumping programs not only focus primarily on strength only but they also forget to include actual pure jumping movements
This is key because we don’t just want muscles that are strong. We want leg muscles that can jump really high repeatedly…
…as you can see, it is really hard to build a jump training program that really works…
I literally searched over a year for a vertical training program that was comprehensive and I spend hundreds of dollars in vain…
…but then I found the Jump Manual
How To Increase Your Vertical VERY fast, WITHOUT Wasting Energy On What Doesn’t Work…
When I found the Jump Manual I had 18 inch vertical, and 5 months after picking it up I had a 33 Inch Vertical.
If you are interested you can click the link below to see the TRUTH about The Jump Manual and whether it is right for you:
I gained 11 inches on my vertical in 3 months with the Jump Manual and 4 inches in the next 2 months (adds up to 15 inches gained in 5 months).
This stuff is the real deal and if you are serious about literally flying over your competitors then this program is for you.
You will see massive results in your first month and The Jump Manual has a 100% Money-Back guarantee that you will add at least 10 Inches to your vertical leap in Just 12 Weeks.
So why not give it a shot? I think you’ll be really satisfied with the results.
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