I was an aspiring basketball player and having moderate success. I wasn’t my teams go-to-guy or the one that they gave the ball to late in the game. But I was pretty good.
After my freshman season I was faced with one of the most important decision on my basketball life…
I could either get SERIOUS about becoming the best possible basketball player I could be and doing everything I could to reach my full potential…
Fast forward to today…I am a little older and no longer in competitive basketball. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t wish I could go back to my younger days and compete in sports again. And almost everyday I sit around and ask myself…
The tough part is that I will never know the answers to these questions! And that is not a good feeling!
I wish I could go back and work on my game so much harder than I did and see what I could have done with my abilities.
YOU have the opportunity RIGHT NOW to put everything you have into your game and work your tail off to be the best you can be. I wish I could relive the opportunity you have right now because you only get ONE shot at it!
Your opportunity to do AMAZING things is RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU! It is an incredible opportunity you have. Take advantage of it TODAY because…
It bothers me that I wasted my own opportunity to become a star player that had all the recruiters drooling over me. But instead of sitting around and feeling sorry for myself (what good would that do!) I decided that I would do everything I could do to make sure other athletes didn’t end up in the same situation as me.
So I dedicated myself to helping athletes reach their full athletic potential by giving them the proper training to achieve it. When it comes to basketball it is no secrets that having a huge vertical leap is one of the most important athletic skills you can posses.
I mean, just think about it. If you can jump higher than your opponent it allows you to get your jump shot off, grab rebounds, block shots…
And of course, be able to throw it down and get the crowd going crazy! (c’mon, who doesn’t dream of doing that!)
With that in mind I set out to compile the most effective and gravity defying vertical jump program possible. I researched tons of different programs, browsed research articles, looked through training charts, analyzed what worked and what didn’t and after months of research I came to a startling conclusion…
There were 3 main problems I continually saw when I looked at the training most athletes were using in their vertical jump training…and these mistakes were absolutely killing their results!
The first mistake I saw was that athletes were only focusing on the large muscles involved in jumping. It’s no secret that you need to be working on your quads and calves…but by only focusing on a couple muscles you will never reach your full jumping potential. It just won’t happen!
You will hit a plateau and your vertical will go stagnate. To break through this plateau and take your vertical above it you MUST target all the muscles that are critical for jumping. When you do, you are then able to squeak out those extra inches that can be a real difference maker.
The second mistake I continually saw with athletes vertical jump training was that they were training in the incorrect “mode”. This is a huge problem because even when some of the athletes were using the correct exercises, they were still getting lackluster results. But when I looked at their workout it was clear the problem was that they were not training in the proper mode.
See, when you train you are either working your muscle endurance or you are working your muscle explosiveness. Now muscle endurance is great if you are a long distance runner but not very helpful if you are looking to increase your vertical jump. To increase your vertical jump you need muscle explosiveness.
Think about this…Do you want to be able to jump continuously for 20 minutes or do you want to be able to explode off the ground quickly and high? Then you need to focus on muscle explosiveness and kick that muscle endurance training to the curb!
Let me put it another way…Does a long distance runner train by running sprints…NO! Does a sprinter train by running 20 miles everyday…NO! A long distance runner needs muscle endurance and a sprinter needs muscle explosiveness.
But more importantly..A basketball player looking to increase their vertical jump MUST train for muscle explosiveness.
The third mistake I found was the biggest mistake of all and the biggest cause of minimal vertical jump gains. When it comes to vertical jump training there are 3 main training styles..Plyometrics, Weight Lifting, and Jumping Exercises. Each of these training styles is effective to a certain degree.
But here is the problem…most athletes use only ONE of these training styles. If you only use one then you are only going to get minimal gains! In order to get maximum gains you need to incorporate all 3 methods of training into one single workout.
You need to take the most effective exercises from each training method and combine them into one easy to follow program. This way you get the benefits of each training method and maximum results.
So those are the 3 big mistakes that athletes make with their vertical jump training. Avoid these 3 mistakes in your training and you are on your way to a massive vertical jump.
OK, so I am sure right now you are thinking…“That sounds great but HOW do I design a workout program…