Learn How To Leap Higher

November 8, 2009


ANYONE can increase their vertical leap and learn how to jump higher!

The key is learning the role your body type plays. Age, sex, race e.t.c., are not the deciding factors. You need to do an assessment of your own individual reaction to certain exercise routines, as this changes from person to person. Giving you a list of exercises just doesn’t cut it if you want real hops…you NEED a cycle based on exercises for your given body type, concentrating on your weaknesses. This group of exercises should sequence from Strength to Explosiveness to Plyometrics.

Some Crucial Steps To Get You Started

1. Assess your present level of fitness and your expertise with previous types of exercise. The best way to get gains is to construct a totally new strength foundation. After this start utilizing an explosion segment. This will result in even more inches.

2. Perform Lifts. Total body conditioning is the key for such an athlete and there is no better exercise than the full back squat. This provides you with progressive increases on spinal loading, which provides stabilization under tension, and as well increases stretch-response of both hamstrings and hip muscles.

3. Root the squat centrally within the majority of your lower body workouts. 6-8 decent lifts gets the best strength developments and vertical carryover. On the days of your upper body workouts, the philosophy is the same, with the central exercises being bench press, overhead press variations, pull-ups and dips. Keep in mind to work often overlooked muscles at the end of the workout – muscles such as hip flexors, the shins , transverse abdominals e.t.c.

4. Ensure that you use a lifting technique in a secure and efficient style. Undergo 3-5 week strength cycles for both lower and upper body. Done correctly, you should see gains of 5% each week. Following this, you will be able to see how your jump is bound to increase.

5. Correctly use explosive and plyometric training as well as your strength training. These are your “field workouts” and are finished pre-weights. E.g., on Day 1 you start by engaging in a series of tempo runs, sprints and low-intensity plyos (after a dynamic warm-up of course). By the time Phase 3 comes about, this will have steadily switched to shorter tempo runs, overspeed (downhill) sprints and high-intensity plyometrics.

6. Concentration on the heavier weights should fade as you move forward through the phases.

7. Visualize by closing your eyes, imagining yourself exploding upwards. Picture yourself with large leg muscles that are coiled like springs, prepared to blast you up into the air. Say to yourself “I feel myself getting more strong and much lighter.” After that jump once more. You should notice a marked improvement in your vertical jump. (Sports psychologists have long documented the usefulness of “mental practice” in improving athletic performance.)

One final thought – the core of improving performance in any sport is the core (center) of your body…your midsection. To improve your midsection check out this information on how to get abs.

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