There are many things that an athlete can do to jump higher.
However, in the world of basketball, you will not be impressing anybody unless you are able to dunk.
For the goal of many basketball athletes, being able to jump higher will open doors of opportunities for you and people may take you more seriously because you are able to dunk.
For many athletes that do not know what you have to do to increase your vertical, then this article will help you.
Losing weight may be considered a secret tip since not many coaches or athletes talk about how important it is to stay lean and how that can give you an edge and make it easier for you to jump higher.
I have the perfect example to show you how losing weight can help you increase your vertical.
Imagine you had a 10 pound weight vest on and then tried to jump the highest that you could.
I am pretty sure that you would not be able to jump very high.
Now take off the weight vest and try jumping the highest that you can, then you would see for yourself that taking off the extra weight did help you to jump higher.
Do Short Bursts Of Sprints
Olympic sprinters are the fastest athletes in the world.
They train with low reps using heavy weights.
Sprinters know the exercises that target the fast twitch muscle fibers, which are the muscles that contribute to how high a person can jump.
You may have heard of plyometrics.
These are a type of exercises that are fast paced and target many fast twitch muscles fibre in the lower body.
Plyometrics place heavy load of stress into the lower body muscles and in return, you will become more explosive.
Sprinters know that sprinting is a form of a plyometric exercise.
Why do you think that Olympic sprinters have some of the fastest and explosive legs?
Because they perform sprints on a daily routine.
How To Do Sprints
Performing sprints is easy, as a matter of fact, sprinting is done in many sports such as running to catch the soccer ball.
To do sprints, you must already be conditioned well enough and make sure that you stretch properly.
With comfortable running shoes on, take your first running step and explode off the ground with all out speed.
You must be running 100% of all the speed that you can produce from your feet, this is called sprinting.
Make sure you do this for 10 seconds and rest 30 seconds then repeat.
Do not perform sprints more than 3 times a week because it is a plyometric exercise.
All plyometric exercises should not be done more than 3 times a week.
When you have done sprints overtime, you will find that you are faster and able to jump higher.
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