If you are looking for the most important piece of information to transform you vertical leap, you have found it. Now I am sorry to stay that it isn’t going to be what you expected to be, but if you take the time to read this (shouldn’t take longer than 15 minutes) I guarantee you will be on the right path to making the changes you need to start jumping higher. I am going to start by busting a couple of myths and then provide some very important advice. I really hope this changes your perspective on vertical leap training.
Don't Fall for the Advertising Tricks
Just because a program is making a promise, doesn’t mean that it is true…
We have all seen these ads, “add 5 inches of vertical in just two weeks!” Now I am not saying that these claims are impossible, but I do believe for the majority, it isn’t as simple as the claims are made out to be. Think about it, if a program is guaranteeing a 5-inch increase, then couldn’t you just keep repeating the program until you have a 50 inch vertical? Or if these programs add inches to your vertical, how come professional athletes do the program to jump even higher? There reason being for this is because most of the time, these programs are bogus or not really what they are made out to be. If will go into further detail in the next section.
Know That There is No Secret Ingredient
There is no magical pill, supplement, or exercise to create a massive vertical leap…
If you are looking for some magic pill or one specific exercise to transform yourself into a freak athlete with inhuman jumping ability, you are wasting your time! IT DOES NOT EXIST; there is no substitution for hard work and patience. Most vertical leap programs or supplements try to sell you on the idea of that you can accomplish your goals in little to no time with very little effort. (This idea alone has brought you to this blog post). It take the human body at least 21 day to make a physiological change, so if a program is making promises in under that amount of time chances are they are either lying to you. Steer clear of these programs. If you are looking for a solid program understand it is going to take some time to truly develop your jumping abilities.
Understand That EveryBODY is Different
Sometimes what is good for the goose isn’t necessarily good for the gander when it comes to human performance…
Jumping requires the entire body to work together, so in order to jump higher, you must develop your entire body. The human body has so much variance that is really hard to just copy the workouts and expect everyone to get the same results. Some people should lose weight in order to jump higher; some people can afford to gain weight. Some people need to work on their core strength, other need to focus on their glutes. (**most people can always improve these last two**) The point I am trying to make is that purchasing a generic program isn’t going to ensure the best outcome for you. Ideally if you are serious about improving your vertical leap, you should look into getting a custom program addressing your strengths and weaknesses.
Make a Plan & Stick to it
Now I realize that I have been very overly critical of vertical programs this entire post, but it isn’t actually the programs I have the problem with it’s the advertising of them. Vertical leap programs in fact do work and work well if implemented correctly. Why is this you ask? It’s because most people go to the gym aimlessly with out a plan hoping for something to come together and voilà! But in order to achieve your vertical leap (or any fitness goals for that matter) it actually requires some planning. This is a very crucial aspect in improving your vertical leap. Understand what you need to accomplish, and making a plan of how you are going to do that. By sticking to a specific plan, you are making sure that you are training and developing your body to preform specifically the way you have designed it to.
Keep it Simple & Sweat the Small Stuff
It is usually the smallest of things that separates good athletes from great ones…
A lot of times we are so focused and preoccupied on finding out this magical secret, we neglect the little things that are staring right in front of our faces. Some of these things that have help me become a great athlete are simple fundamental training techniques. The difference is that I perform these techniques over and over to the best of my ability. I make sure I train hard, stretch and eat right. It must be a full force effort if you truly expect to make a significant change in your jumping ability. Don’t try to make your program too complex, usually the simple exercises can be the most effective. I just stick to basic Olympic lifts (hang cleans and power cleans) and plyometric exercises like bounds, leaps and hops. I plan to release a sample workout in my upcoming blogs. Lastly, think of the K.I.S.S. Method when creating your program.
Couldn't leave you guys with out some motivation! Work hard and do NOT let excuses get in the way of your future success.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, I really hope it changes your perspective and leads you on a path to improving your vertical leap.
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