your jumping ability by getting in better overall physical shape
Being able to jump high is the result of a combination of things:
natural ability, leg strength, explosive power, and your overall
level of fitness. One way to get in shape, and stay in shape, is
to play lots of basketball.
If you play a lot of ball, that will tranlate into being in better
shape. There's no way your vertical leap will improve if you aren't
in good shape. Also, there are lots of quick movements you make
in a game that you can't recreate outside of actual game play. These
help build your overall basketball abilities, as well as your athleticism
(explosiveness, jumping ability, etc.).
It's an old school exercise, but it works. Jumping rope is a great
way to build stamina, and work on your leg strength. In addition,
it builds jumping ability (explosiveness, calf strength, etc.).
Adding jump rope exercises to your workout routine can pay big dividends
in increasing your vertical leaping ability.
Another old school exericse, and a great one for helping you develop
length strenght and power that will help you become a better jumper.
stairs can really help your vertical leap because it helps build
stamina, leg strength, and when done right, explosiveness. To work
on explosiveness, use "bounding" movements. In otherwords,
don't just get from one step the the next, but really leap up from
one step to the next.
Strength training (like wall sits and squats) will help you build
leg strength, which is a key component of athletic fitness, and
therefore jumping ability. Remember to only use a weight that is
comfortable for you, and to always have a trainer or training partner
work out with you. You don't want to get hurt lifting too much weight,
or lifting it improperly.
This is a great type of exercise. Do these at a park, or on a football
field so that you are cushioned by the soft grass surface.
are done like this: leap as high as possible off of one foot, then
come down and immediately leap as high as possible off the other
leg. Repeat this for 10 to 15 jumps.
are done like this: squat down so you are in the triple threat position.
Now explode up and off the ground as if you are reaching for a rebound.
Come down, gather yourself for a second or two, then leap up again,
as high as possible. Do this 8 to 10 times.
leap is part leg strength and part explosiveness. In fact, the explosiveness
part is the more important of the two. It's not about the size of
your leg muscles, or how much weight you can put up in the gym.
It's about your athletic ability, coordination, and your ability
to explode up and off the ground.
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