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Quickest Way To Increase Your Vertical Jump

by Danny Acuff on January 17th, 2011

In the world of sports there are more athletes than just basketball players who would love to add at least a few inches to their vertical leap to help take their game (whatever it is) to the next level. There are a number of exercise programs and specific training programs designed to do just that but many people really want to know what the quickest way to increase their vertical jump is.

If you are looking for a magic fix that will increase your vertical overnight you have to realize that no such thing actually exists. If it did, the world would be filled with people who could jump forty plus inches in the air and the likes of Michael Jordan and Vince Carter would be no one very special. There are however a few measures that you can take to increase your vertical by at least several inches in a fairly short period of time. Here are a few of them.

Wear Extra Weight – This method might sound a little strange but for many looking to increase their vertical it really helps. Wear ankle weights to go about your daily tasks to fool your body into believing you are heavier than you really are. Take them off when you are training and practicing that vertical and you should find that within a short time the increase in your vertical will become noticeable.

Do Plyometrics – Plyometric exercises are a great way to increase your vertical. Plyometrics are exercises  that involve short, speedy muscle contractions followed by rather explosive movements. Examples of plyometric exercises include box jumps, squat thrusts, leaping lunges and stair hops. All pretty basic stuff but they can prove very effective very quickly for those looking to improve their vertical leap.

Stretching – To increase your vertical those muscles involved in jumping have to stretch, so good flexibility is a must. Surprisingly enough instead of adding even more hours in the gym onto their regular workout many athletes find that regularly attending a yoga class helps them get the increased stretch and flexibility they need while also providing them with a great way to relax.

Improve Your Core – When it comes to the act of jumping much of the power required to do so comes from the body’s core muscles. Many people find that strengthening their core is a good way to help increase their vertical as well. Doing a thousand crunches a day is not really going to help increase your vertical though. Jackknifes, leg lifts and medicine ball throws will all be far more effective.

If you incorporate a mix of all these above suggestions into your routine, you will quickly see great improvements in your vertical leap.


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