If you do a search for how to jump higher or increase vertical jump you will eventually find a blog or vertical jump program that talks about… plyometrics.
Why is this, what difference does it really make and who really cares? Besides, what are plyometrics anyway?
Plyometric training is an intense, advanced form of exercise in which the muscles are first stretched, then contracted (the pre-stretching makes the muscle contract with greater force).
It requires both strength and endurance… And that’s it!
Come on, do you really believe the hype? This is starting to sound like every other how to jump higher blog already out there!
Wilson The Elephant
Just ask this talented athlete, Wilson the elephant who can dunk without having to jump high, without exercises to increase vertical jump and especially without plyometrics.
This elephant athlete has a monster power jam and he attributes it to pure genetics:)
All kidding aside, plyometrics are for real and they should be included in your training. So where should you start?
Here is a short list of plyometric exercises that will help you to jump higher and increase your overall vertical jump:
1. Knee Highs
2. Gap Jumps
3. Jump Switches
4. Step Ups
5. Line Jumps
6. High Knee Jumps
7. Squat Hops
8. Wall Sits
9. Box Jumps
10. Cross Hops
Including these plyometric exercises in your vertical jump training will help you to jump high… but you will never be able to match the sick dunks of Wilson the elephant.
FREE VIDEO… See how Adam Linkenauger – master vertical jump trainer developed a 50 inch vertical leap at only 5′ – 10″ (he’s definately not related to Wilson the elephant).
Did you know that professional track and field high jumpers can jump higher than professional basketball players.
Most professional high jumpers can touch their head on the rims or even get higher than the rim.
At 5′-10″, Adam Linkenauger (master vertical jump trainer) set a school record at Clemson University jumping 7′-4″ in track and field high jump. And yes, he can also touch his head on the rim.