The first thing that you need to figure out to boost your vertical is “What type of jumper are you?" Jumpers come down to one of two categories. You are either a power jumper or a glider. It does not really matter which you are because both types of jumpers are very effective at what they do.
You can figure out what type of jumper you are pretty easily just by looking at a person's body type. Power jumpers will usually have large calves and quads which gives them great explosiveness off of two feet. Gliders will typically be much leaner in their calves and quads. This will give them greater explosion off of one leg rather than two. Gliders usually jump off of the same leg as the hand that they write with.
Ok, so right now now you're probably thinking, “I've figured out what type of jumper I am, but is there a way that I can be both?" The answer to that question is definitely and that is how you are going to boost your vertical. This is the easiest way to increase your vertical leap because all you are doing is adding exercises to help you in areas that you may not be as strong in.
For the Power Jumper, these 2 exercises should help you increase your explosiveness off of one leg.
1/4 Squat Jumps - Target the thighs and quads
Start out in a 1/4 squat position with your arms by your sides but slightly bent, and your arms out in front of you. Jump straight up and land back down softly in the same position. Perform 3 sets of 10 3 times a week.
Blast Offs - Keep you explosive off the feet
This workout will really help you boost your vertical. Stand up with your knees slightly bent. Jump straight up into the air as high as you can and land softly with your knees bent once again. As soon as you land, blast off back into the air again. This workout will really help for put backs and helping you grab rebounds. Perform 4 sets of 10 3 times a week.
If you are a Glider, My suggestion to you is to really start hitting the weight room and trying yo add some power into your legs. This is the only way that you can truly become a power jumper. You need to add the power jumping element into you skill set if you really want to boost your vertical.
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