The best way to increase your vertical leap has become some sort of mystery. Athletes wonder why someone with really skinny legs can jump high or why someone else with very muscular and thick legs jumps just as high. They wonder why jumping off one leg results in a higher leap for some and not for others. People try so many different workouts with the promise of results and are flabbergasted when they don’t see increases.
Unknowing athletes are vulnerable to poor information supplied by the abundance of material on the internet. One mislead young man was using a stair climber as part of his jump training and another inquired as to how long it would be before he could dunk if he jumped rope every day. The list of ineffective jump training workouts is infinite. This mysterious status of vertical jump training has led to a willingness to seek out new exercises and products. Bizarre products like Jumpsoles and Vertimaxes were created to capitalize on this burgeoning market, and experts are constantly developing their own revolutionary training programs. Athletes are pulled towards less familiar, less traditional exercises with hopes they will bring results faster and easier.
Many athletes learn about plyometrics (a system of jumping and rebounding) and immediately rest their vertical-increase dreams upon this training practice. After all, it is easy to see how one might think that repeated jumping would improve vertical height. Plyometrics also develops the fast-twitch muscle fibers, which are said to create the big explosive movements athletes make. There exists also the opposite opinion: that squats and power lifts are the only things needed for an exceptional vertical. Supporters of this opinion base it on the fact that world-class Olympic lifters often have verticals of around 35 inches or more.
My goal is to eliminate the confusion with simple answers. Stay tuned for my next blog with a few secrets and success stories or just stop on by Hordon Health and find out yourself.
Boston Institute of Jump