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3 Easy Drills to Make You Jump Higher

28 October 2010 No Comment

If you are looking to increase your vertical, then you will want some drills to make you jump higher. So here are 3 easy drills to get you on your way. On every one, make sure that you don’t shortcut yourself by quitting early. Every person who succeeds knows how to push themselves, and this is one area that you can easily make huge steps to jump higher and increase your vertical. So don’t be lazy.

Jump Steps:

Get a flat weight bench or the first step on the bleachers or a medium height box that you can comfortably step onto. Put one foot up on top of the box with your other foot on the ground. Forcefully push off of the box and jump as high as you can, use your arms if you like, but reach as high as possible, then land exactly the way you started. Immediately when you land repeat into another jump, don’t stop and rest.

Repeat at least 20 times each leg, and do 3 sets.

High Touches:

Pick a spot at least 12-18 inches out of your reach and stand directly under it. With both feet flat on the ground, bend down into jumping position and keeping your arms stretched out, jump up to that spot. Come down and jump right back up again as if you are using a jump rope. You will keep your legs bent to take the impact, but otherwise keep your legs mostly straight (so you aren’t bending down each time you jump; it should be very quick).

Do at least 10-15 jumps in a row and repeat 5 times. You will be very tired after all of this, but make sure you are going for the same spot for each set to increase your vertical.

Squat Jumps:

To build both strength and explosiveness, squat jumps will hit all your muscles. Grab a medicine ball or other weight of 20 lb. or more. Start light, but if it too easy after an enter set, then move up slowly (do this really slowly because when you add weight to jumping, you have to be careful of your knees). So holding the medicine ball at your chest, squat down so your thighs are parallel to the ground, explode up as high as you can. Come back down to starting position and slowly lower yourself back to the squat and explode upwards again.

Repeat 10-15 times with 3 sets. When it becomes too easy, then add extra reps or sets before you add extra weight.

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