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    vertical leap

    Is an 18 inch vertical pathetic? Also, is it possible to improve?
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    I wouldn't call it pathetic, but it's definitely not good and that's ok. If that's your starting point then the only place you can go is up (both literally and figuratively).

    Yes, it is absolutely possible to improve. There's a whole sticky dedicated to improving your vertical.

    Read through that to get some ideas of what you can be doing to improve: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...3773451&page=9
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    Originally Posted by makeprogress1 View Post
    Is an 18 inch vertical pathetic? Also, is it possible to improve?
    That depends on what kind of jump? Standing? Running vertical?

    Either way, it doesn't matter man. What matters is if you want to jump higher, you train to jump the highest you possibly can and reach YOUR potential. No point trying to jump as high as anyone else.

    Is it possible to improve? OF COURSE... Anyone can improve their vertical.

    I can go on and on and on about the specifics and everything about improving your vertical, but without knowing you and your body, training history, etc... there's no way to explain it in too much detail because everyone is different and has different needs.

    Having said that, the most basic way of explaining how to improve your vertical is this:

    1) Improve maximal strength
    2) Improve explosive strength
    3) Improve reactive strength
    4) Improve movement efficiency with the vertical jump itself
    5) Get to a lean bodyfat % (10-12% is fine, no need to be a ridiculous 5% or anything)

    An even simpler way of defining improving vertical is:

    1) Improve movement efficiency with the jump itself
    2) Improve relative POWER (not strength) in your lower body
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    It's not something you'd want to put on your resume but then again you don't have the world's worst vertical.
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    Think it as a start and try to improve it.
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