I’ll admit it: I’m an average sized guy, well at least as far as height is concerned. I’ve bulked myself up considerably through weight training using many of the tips I’ve shared with you in this blog but I’ve always wished I was a bit taller. Unfortunately, there isn’t any magic pill that can help us add a few inches to our height. Luckily though, at least as far as sports and athletics is concerned, there *is* something we can do to overcome much of the burden of being an average sized or short guy: improve our vertical jump. Actually, even if you’re already a tall dude, improving your vertical leaping ability is something that will increase your performance in sports such as basketball, football, volleyball, and a whole host of others.
For years, I’d tried to improve my vertical jump but, despite diligent adherence to what I thought was a great training regimen, I was making very little overall progress. Then I noticed this guy at the gym. This dude was stacking aerobic STEP blocks at higher and higher levels and vaulting onto them seemingly effortlessly. He’d do some reps, then add another block, and do some more, and so on and so on. Finally I approached him and asked how he’d managed to achieve such a high vertical jump. He’s the guy I have to thank for introducing me to The Jump Manual, the system he had used to achieve the incredibly vertical leaping ability I had seen him demonstrating in the gym.
Normally, I’m very skeptical of things like this and this time was no exception: my first reaction was “Yeah, right”. But I took a shot, upon my new gym buddy’s recommendation, and damn am I glad I did. It turns out The Jump Manual is put out by a guy named Jacob Hiller who has trained athletes in improving their vertical jump at everything from the high school level all the way up to the NBA pros and Olympic athletes. Jacob’s system covers everything you need to know to improve your vertical jump including complete workout charts to keep track of your training, videos of exercises and stretches, a nutrition plan, and much more. He even offers up techniques you can use if you don’t have access to a gym. In addition, Jacob offers up his own personal consulting services which could include emails, online chats, and even phone calls. Once I started the system, it didn’t take me long at all to start seeing an improvement…now my buddy and I train our vertical jumps together at the gym and I’m keeping pace with him. Plus, when I’m playing some b-ball, I can actually do some dunking for a change. It’s awesome. Take a look at Jacob’s site, watch the intro video, and check out all the info he has to give you. If you want to improve your vertical jumping power (with no bullshit), grab yourself a copy of The Jump Manual today.
Barbell Squat - 4 sets; Rep Scheme: 6, 10, 12, 12
Leg Extension - 4 sets; Rep Scheme: 8, 10, 10, 12
Leg Curl - 4 sets; Rep Scheme: 8, 10, 12, 15
Romanian Deadlift - 4 sets; Rep Scheme: 10, 10, 12, 12
Rest time between sets: 1-2 minutes
Be sure to do 1-2 warmup sets or 5-10 minutes of cardio (or both) before beginning the first exercise.