Hey everyone, I’m relatively new here. I just wanted to give some advice for those who are looking to increase their vertical jump based on what has worked best for me.
How well does it work?
I’ve gained 15 inches on my vertical leap over the years. Here are 2 things you NEED to do to maximize your vertical leap.
Yup… stupid simple, but it works. The less I practice jumping, the lower I jump. On the flip side, the more I practice, the higher I jump.
Let’s clear something up.
It is true that some athletes are more gifted than others. However, the gap is not as wide as you might believe.
The reason that some players jump so much higher than others is usually that they simply work at it more. They might have started out with slightly better leaping ability than others.
This encouraged them to start jumping more often, and use their athleticism to their advantage. Over time, the gap between them and the ‘less naturally gifted’ athletes widened.
On the other hand, athletes who think they can't jump simply don’t practice it. Instead, they might work on other skills to compensate for their supposed ‘lack of athleticism’.
Basketball is a perfect example of this.
Shooters tend to not jump very high, whereas the better athletes usually don't shoot very well (obviously there are exceptions). The reason is simple-the shooter learns to play the game relying on their shooting ability, whereas the athlete focuses more on their jumping ability.
True, some people simply aren’t as genetically gifted as others. No matter how much you jump, you might never dunk like Lebron James. But you can at least significantly increase your vertical leap simply by jumping more often.
#2) Eat healthy
Boy, I wish I’d done this when I first started out! When I was really gaining inches on my vertical leap, I paid very little attention to what I ate. I can’t imagine how good my results would have been if I had.
Focus on eating LOTS of fruits and vegetables. Most of your diet should be these 2 foods.
Reduce your fat intake. The less fat you consume, the better you will feel… and the higher you will jump. 10% or less of your calories should come from fat.
Eliminate salt. Salt causes you to retain water, and carry around extra body fat—never a good thing when trying to jump higher.
Think about it—how do you feel after eating salty foods? If you are like me, lethargic. Get your sodium naturally, through celery.
The bottom line--if you follow these 2 tips, you will SUBSTANTIALLY increase your jumping ability. It will take effort, but the results are well worth it.