Basketball Question: Increase Vertical Jump

by Jermaine
(San Diego, CA USA)

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My basketball question has to do with increasing my vertical jump.


Can you please give me some simple exercises that I can do to help increase my vertical jump?

I'm mainly interested in exercises I can do at home, as I don't always have access to the fitness center at my school.

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Oct 08, 2013
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Great Exercises For Home Workout
by: quintin

Working out at home can be challenging because you have little to no equipment. What you can do is use things around the house. Try doing one leg workouts adding a little resistance. You can do one leg jumps in place. Another exercise is lunges. Try step ups with gallons of water in your hand. Be creative and be safe.

Jan 14, 2008
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I need to increase my Vertical Jump too.
by: Anonymous

Dude if anyone has answered you then tell me what they said because I'm in the same position.

Jan 08, 2008
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Simple Exercises.
by: Anonymous

The most simple exercise to increase your vertical jump is probably running up a steep hill backwards.

This really builds the leg muscles.

Squats in the weight room, weight shoes and weight belts are good to.

Nov 19, 2007
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How To Increase Your Vertical Jump
by: Joe Waters - webmaster

Jermaine, this is one of the most common basketball questions I get asked.

Vertical jump training has become the most popular area of basketball training. All players want to dramatically increase their vertical jump. There are many vertical jump training programs and pieces of equipment available on the market today.

After reading the eight tips listed below, be sure to check out my Vertical Jump Review Page. That's where you will learn what my top 3 picks are for vertical jump programs and vertical jump equipment. It's a must-read if you're serious about increasing your hops.

Here are the 8 Simple Tips For Increasing Your Vertical Jump:

  • Begin every workout by warming up your muscles and then doing extensive leg stretches. Because you'll be building muscle fibers that are used for explosive activities such as jumping, stretching is of the utmost importance.

  • Jump rope for its excellent cardiovascular conditioning. This step should never be skipped, as it will be an important contributor to your results.

  • Sprint. This builds muscle, which will add to your jumping ability.

  • Run stairs on your toes. Start by running up a flight, one step at a time. Walk down and run back up, taking two steps at a time. Repeat as many times as you can manage.

  • Perform elevated jumps. Use a bench or platform to jump up onto and down off. Perform 3 sets of 10 reps.

  • Perform explosive jumps. Position yourself for an explosive leg jump by facing a secure platform and placing your right foot on it. Jump as high as you can, concentrating on exploding off the right leg. Scissor your legs once in the air, then land with your left foot on the platform and your right foot on the floor. Gather yourself and explode upward again, this time off the left foot. Perform 3 sets of 10 reps.

  • Perform double jumps. Start by jumping as high as possible with both feet from a stationary position. Jump again immediately upon landing, using less effort. Repeat until you've accomplished three sets of 10 jumps each.

  • Rest your legs at least two days a week. Results will come from sustaining the exercise program, not performing it aggressively for a few weeks and then slacking off.


By consistently following the eight vertical jump tips listed above, you will see a dramatic increase in your jumping ability.

If you're looking for more advanced techniques, state-of-the-art equipment, and advice from the experts...be sure to check out my Vertical Jump Review Page.

Best of luck Jermaine...thanks for the great basketball question.

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