Vertical Jump Exercises

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There are a ton of jumping exercises that you can do in order to really increase vertical jump but more important than anything is knowing how often to train and which type of training you need to do on each day of your training program.

If you asked anyone the most important workout they could if they were only allowed 1 exercise to do in order to train their bodies how to jump higher, what would it be?  Most people would say squats and while they are a great exercise there is no correct answer to that question because no 1 exercise or 1 type of training alone will get you amazing results.  If you want to learn to jump jump higher you need to follow proper vertical jump training and I will tell you how to do that.

The key is to combine a plyometric workout with a strength training workout.  You don’t need to do crazy amounts of reps in any exercise and any program that wants you to do so is not a legit program.  How will jump higher if you are doing 100 reps at a time?  This will only result in an increase of muscle endurance.  This means that you will teach your body to be able to jump at very low heights all day long.  Who wants that?  Not athletes and definitely not anyone that plays basketball or volleyball.  And if you are here there is a 99% chance that you love either volleyball or basketball.

An exercise that I make all of the basketball/volleyball players that I train do is the calf raise.  These alone will not make you jump super high, but weak calves can prevent the otherwise strong legged athlete from getting to his/her peak.  When I talk about training your calves, you need to start light so that you can go through a full range of motion.  Don’t do weight that is so heavy that you can’t go all the way down and feel the stretch in the calf or all the way up until you are flexing the calf as much as possible.  If you can’t go all the way up as much as your range of motion will let you then you need to lighten the weight.  The calves get very strong very quickly so start light and by next month you will most likely be doing twice as much weight.  Don’t do any plyometrics after working out the calves on the same day!  I repeat, don’t do plyometrics on the same day that you train your calves with weights.  They need at least a whole day to rest before doing plyos and if they are still sore you need to rest them longer before doing any plyos.

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