How to drastically improves jumping and I mean drastically!

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Can you imagine jumping high enough to never get a shot contested? Or beating you matchup one one one, going baseline, taking off form out of the key, and dunking on a big man! Stop dreaming about it and start working because you can do it. The workout method I’m about to show you will make you increase your vertical by at least 8 inches in about 2 month if you do it right.

Have you ever heard the word “plyometrics”?

Here is the Wikipedia definition of plyometrics

Plyometrics, also known as “jump training” or “plyos”, are exercises based around having muscles exert maximum force in as short a time as possible, with the goal of increasing both speed and power. This training focuses on learning to move from a muscle extension to a contraction in a rapid or “explosive” way, for example with specialized repeated jumping.

What plyometric exercises you should do to improve your vert?

There are many exercises available. Some of them don’t require any equipment to get started. However, the best plyometric work out require plyometric boxes to jump up and down the boxes.

My plyometric boxes review

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In college, my coach introduced me to the plyometric box jumping. He owned a set of  plyo boxes. I remember vividly my first training with the boxes.

As Coach Niland showed up with 4 huge boxes and was installing them on the gym floor, I was wondering what the h__ he was doing. I was expecting to do some basketball drills with him, not playing hide and seek! When the boxes were well set, he looked at me with a grind and said “just jump on the first box, then jump on the ground, then explode back up to the next box”.

Oh boy! The work out was intense. It didn’t get me cardio-tired, but the explosions made my legs tired. I enjoyed the work out, and asked my coach to give me the keys so I could use the boxes at any time. That summer (after my sophomore season), I jumped boxes 3 times a week.

My results were astonishing. Before I started, I couldn’t jump off two feet. By the end of that summer, I was able to dunk off two feet easily, and I even threw windmill dunks off two feet a few times! I went from hqving no ups from two feet to junmping like a NBA player in a summer (about 10 inches in 2 months).

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Things to consider

I don’t recommend to jump boxes before 16 years of age because your legs may not be strong enough to support to workout. You need to be able to squat with 60% of your body weight easily before considering plyometric workouts.

How and where to get plyometric boxes?

Plyometric boxes cost approximately $150. I was lucky enough because I did not have to buy a set since my coach already owned one. But I can tell you that much; $150 is worth it if you’re serious about jumping higher.  You want to jump higher, this is how you do it!

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    Ask your parents to buy you boxes for your birthday, or for Christmas. Or tell them you will do some extra chores in exchange for the boxes. Cut grass in your neighboorhood to raise the money… You can also ask your coach to buy a set for the team, or tell or your teammates to cheap in. Do whatever it takes to get a set of boxes because you’ll jump way higher and that will help you improve your game!

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About The Author

Coach

I am a former college, semi-pro, and professional basketball player from Paris, France. I am a FANATIC of basketball (can literally talk about the game for hours!). I decided to write all my basketball thoughts down so I can let my friends speak! My goal is help my team (readers, and followers) become better player/coach by sharing the best tips to improve basketball IQ, skills, athleticism, and motivation.