How to Jump Higher! Vertical Jump Secrets from the World’s Best Strength Coaches - Part 2

As I mentioned in part one on how to jump higher I decided to get on the phone and grill over 13 world class strength coaches on their vertical training methods. How can you go wrong when you have over 13 of the nation’s best experts teach you first hand what they know on vertical jump training?

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How to Jump Higher! Vertical Leap Secrets From the World’s Best Strength Coaches - Part 1

For years I’ve used stair training to maximize my power which lead me to using them with the hundreds of athletes I’ve trained including players from Major League Baseball and the Women’s National Basketball Association. And because of my work with professional athletes and my love for basketball I get many questions from people all over the world on vertical jump training. And since I don’t know it all (far from it) I know it’s in my best interest to learn from other strength coaches, personal trainers, physical therapists, nutritionists, doctors and so on. And I’m actually pretty lucky as I can pick up the phone or email many of the best trainers in the world and pick their brain on performance enhancement.

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Lebron James - When He Grew Up

Lebron James was a natural talent in football. He scored 19 touchdowns in six games in his first year of Pee Wee football, when he only was a fourth-grader. However, in spite of his success, he started to miss school on regular basis. His coach, Mr. Walker, noticed it and offered his mother the opportunity to give LeBron a more stable living environment. It ended up with LeBron moving with his coach's family.

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From Unlikely Basketball Player To Internationally Known Superstar

Michael Jeffery Jordan is probably one of the most well known names in the world of basketball. He was born on February 17, 1963 in New York City. Jordan was responsible for making National Basketball Association or the NBA famous, during the 1980s and 1990s. He is the fourth child of his parents, James R. Jordan, Sr. and Deloris Jordan.

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Training Exercises to Increase Your Vertical Jump and Slam Dunk

In this article I am going to cover exercises to increase your vertical jump and slam dunk. There are two main categories of training that you should incorporate into your routine. The first is plyometric exercises, which train your body to increase its muscular power. Muscular power is what drives your body when it explodes and jumps up. The second is strength training exercises, which trains your body to increase its overall strength. Strength can be looked at as the amount of horsepower your body has. The stronger your muscles are, the more force they can exert and the higher up you can jump. Plyometrics and strength training have different styles of training but when used together in a single program, they can be very effective in increasing your vertical jump to slam dunk.

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Creator of “The Vertical Project” Talks to NBA Legend Rick Barry

Australian performance-enhancement expert talks with NBA legend Rick Barry about getting some "Sirius" air time.

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$100 Cash Guarantee to Increase Your Vertical Leap - “Failure is Impossible!”

Luke Lowrey is "The World's Undisputed #1 Vertical Leap Expert" and the creator of The Vertical Project, the most effective system ever created to help you increase your vertical leap. How much of an increase? Luke says if you don't pack-on a very minimum of 6 inches of vertical leap in just 60 short days, then you get full use of his system free-of-charge plus: he'll even send you $100 cash out of his own pocket for wasting your time!

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Double Your Vertical Jump or Get $100

In my online quest to find a system that would actually greatly increase my vertical leap and in an efficient manner, I came across "Double Your Vertical Leap" by Luke Lowrey. This guy has worked with tons of professional athletes, and he has even been featured in SLAM magazine and on NBA Radio. I was also impressed by the endless supply of testimonials on his website. Every testimonial really made me believe in his product.

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Slam Dunk Competitions

What do you think of the Slam Dunk competitions?

Well, whatever your thoughts you’ve just gotta watch Nate Robinson. Just watch how he seems hang in the air; just watch his vertical leap …

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If You Got What It Takes, Do It

Vertical Leap Dunker

Ok, so your vertical is up to par. You've got the big calves and the girls are going crazy. Now onto the next problem. Most basketball players have great coordination...But I see some uncoordinated ass dudes out on the courts who are fast and can jump higher than all the other players. They just seem to be incapable of doing the simple lead up to the dunk.

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Using Strength Shoes to Target Muscles

Like I said before, to gain valuable inches on your vertical it is essential to target your calves. Obviously, calf raises are great for this as well as jumping rope. But the Strength Shoes truly force you to target your calves whenever you have them on. This is perfect for me because I hate to do all of my sets at the gym. My main purpose in writing this blog is to sing the praises of the Strength Shoes because they seem to be an underused resource in the basketball community. Many people have heard of the Strength Shoes but it does not seem like many people have seen the value in them and decided to buy them. So, this is how to dunk. And this is how to get there faster with the Strength Shoes.

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Jump Higher Tip #10

Tip #10: Strengthen the toe muscles. Flexor Hallucis Longus are the small muscles that start in the lower leg & come down to the big toe. Work this for an added inch by trying to curl in/or crunch the toes. Another drill is to push up onto the tip toes and hold that for at least 10 seconds. After as little as 6 weeks with this you can easily add an inch to the top!
Remember it is important to separate your speed/plyometric training days from your strength training. This is a fatal flaw many programs are selling you that will rob you of much deserved results!Check with our site periodically to see what's new since I am always conducting new experiments as well as doing new research on this and many related topics!

Eat The Right Food to Gain Max Vertical

I know most of you probably don't really care about this section but it's pretty important to eat foods that don't weigh you down. This becomes even more important when you're older. If you want to maximize your dunking potential, it's optimal to diet like a sprinter. This will give you the necessary burst you need to get over the rim. I know most of you aren't interested in some extensive diet regimen so I'll keep it short and simple:

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Jump Higher Tip #9

Tip #9: Springbak speedsoles. Former L.A. Laker Bill Crow is the genius behind these micro thin shoe inserts, made of patented material, that are being used by U.S.A. Olympic volleyball teams. Remember the old saying "It must be the shoes", well it is if you have these speedsoles in them! When I first saw them I thought the claims were a farce, so I had to buy some to put them to the test. We at Bionic Plyometrics found with the inserts result in an immediate 2 inch vertical jump increase & drop in 40 yard dash times of 1/10 of a second. These springbak rubber shoe inserts are gradually becoming more popular and retail for about $25. I've recently decided to sell them in light of these findings! Another interesting point to mention is that on heavier atheletes (over 200lbs) actually using 2 pairs of inserts gave a 3" increase in vertical! Now buying 2 pairs might be a little costly but how else can you "insert" that much more vertical into your game? If your already an accomplished jumper in the high 30's imagine what can happen wen you integrate these secrets and the speedsoles to get you up close to the 40" mark. If you've never experienced that well lets jus say its like taking off from a trampoline!

Doing It Like The Pros

So you wanna start dunking? Many aspirations and daydreams end with the attainment of the same All-Star Slam Dunk trophy that Spud Webb and JRich hoisted above their heads. And we all have that friend who says he'll be able to throw down by "next week". He's always holding out hope..."another day and I'm there" "just two more inches on my vertical" ...Sound all too common?

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Training to Increase Your Vertical Jump

One thing that I think really needs to be stressed is the importance of proper workouts prior to starting a vertical program. A perfect example of this is a weak 14 year old who decides he wants to dunk but is no where near ready. So he decides to buy the Vertical Project Program before any prior weight training and is quickly injured. The fact of the matter is, increasing vertical leaping ability is very advanced when it comes to workout techniques. The Vertical Project is about as advanced as they come. I also feel that the creator of The Vertical Project does not stress the need for proper workout prior to the Vertical Project. This is not to say that the Vertical Project does not create insanely advanced results, because I have worked with a 19 yr old who gained 8 inches, but I do feel that no one should start a program before they have maximized their workout potential.

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Strength Shoes Useless or Not?

So, there's a new study out that claims the Strength Shoes are useless. While it does hold some truth and makes some very good points, I believe their research to be flawed because they tested the product some of the time on people who have never worked out before. This is definitely not at all who the Strength Shoes are designed for. They used a random sample of people and had some work out normally, and some work out with the Strength Shoes. They wanted to see if those working out with the Strength Shoes really did find a better 40 time and increased vertical leap when compared to those who worked out without the Strength Shoes.

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Mentality of a Dunker

Me and my boy were talking about the mentality of great dunkers and how some just don't have it. This isn't to say that it is not something that can be learned. It is a force that can be harnessed, and is more of a quiet confidence than anything else. If you watch Micheal Jordan and Vince Carter going up for a dunk they just have a mentality that they will glide over anyone in their path, no matter how tall. Obviously most dunkers do not have the vertical to leap over anyone but I think this is a concept that can truly give a baller that added boost to get over the rim.

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Jump Higher Tip #8

Tip #8: Waveloading. Here is another good instant vert. Trick you can play on the nervous system. Load your body with some weight before jumping, like say jumping with a medicineball. What happens is your body will recruit more motor units in the working muscles, allowing the work to seem much easier when you don't have the weight because you are now using more of them! This trick works with any exercise & is great for breaking plateaus.Another variable to this method is what i call an "unloading jump". To perform this all you need to do is grab a pair of 10lb dumbells(or any weight) hold them at waist level, quick step up to the rim to do a rim jump (counter movement jump) at the peak of crouch just before you'd take off for the rim drop the weights and blast off. The science behind this methods is that when you load the eccentric contraction with more weight than the concentric (jump) you will be able to create more force.One set of 5-10 reps with this new drill will give instant as well as residual leap increases!

Jump Higher Tip #7

Tip #7 Build fast twitch muscle fibers, speed up slow twitch fibers. If you want to make leaps and bounds first we have to stop the bleeding! By this I mean no more slow-twitch inducing exercises like aerobics. Ask yourself does the sport your involved with require power or endurance? If you're a football player, gymnast, or sprinter (I think you get my point) you have NO need for aerobic training. When would you use it? The more you do long duration endurance training the more your muscles will learn oxygen consuming low output slow-twitch characteristics. You want muscles that are becoming more efficient at using the creatine phosphate energy system! So without sounding like I'm hating on aerobics here, you really need to focus on those high-intensity/short duration drills like sprinting. Interestingly enough sprinters have the highest % of fast-twitch muscles of all athletes. Who do you think jumps higher the sprinter or the marathoner? One final though on this subject is recent research in Nitric Oxide (NO) supplements seems to indicate that they speed up fast-twitch muscles and seem to make slow-twitch fibers act more like the fast as well. This may make this the ultimate in vertical jump supplementation possibly rivaling with Creatine Monohydrate!

Some Insight On Increasing Your Vertical

I wrote this mainly because I've talked to a lot of ball players who have no clue how to train their legs. Many don't even do calf raises. Everyone is always looking for a quick and easy way to increase vertical leaping ability. And there are some very quality programs out there to train with (Vertical Project, Micheal Jordan's Program, some Platform Systems etc). There are some weight bearing and also some non-weight bearing programs that get it done. But there are also some programs that just cause injuries. The problem is that most people are not prepared for one of these advanced systems and also most do not pick the correct program. For example, no player under the age of 17 should use any weight bearing programs. This is just asking for an injury.

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How To Jump Higher Exercises

Perform these exercises 3 - 5 times a week.

Warm up first. This is always a must. As stated previously, warming up consists of doing stretches, a couple minutes of jogging and of course rope jumping. Also run up and down the stairs for a while. Don't do this too much as you might wear your legs down even before beginning the exercise!.

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Will FREE Articles Help You Increase Your Vertical Jump?

We have noticed that many people who come online and search for topics related to increasing their vertical leap are looking only for information but are not prepared to buy anything. This is just as well, because of steep prices of most vertical leap programs.

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Jump Higher Tip #6

Tip #6: Strengthen the Tibialis Anterior. Here's one many athletes have used with great results. This muscle is located on the shin & commonly referred to as the Dorsi-Flexors. Build these & you will add inches to your jump, eliminate shin splints, and improve take-off quickness. The Dorsi-Flexors stabilize the lower leg allowing maximum take-off force. You won't target this group using the Proprioceptor plugs. The reason this works is because each muscle group has a counter-balancing group of muscles. You can only be as strong as the opposing muscles, so hundreds of weighted calf raises will soon plateau if you don't develop these stabilizers. One way to start working them, is try walking around on your heels without letting the ball of your foot touch. Do this until you feel a good burn. Ultimately you're going to have to take better measures! In our complete jump higher program "bionic jumping power " I'll show you much better ways to develop your shins. The pros use a special devise called DARD that will allow you to build maximum strength in the shins.

Strength Shoes

Strength Shoes

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The Vertical Project Review Guarantee

The Vertical Project guarantees to increase your vertical leap by at least 6 inches at the very least. For 60 days, you can try the system for free, and if you don’t see any results afterwards, Luke Lowrey himself will send you $100 just for trying out.

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Jump Higher Tip #5

Tip #5: The Overspeed Jump. You will not find this jump drill in any manuel, ebook, or training programs. If you ever get bored of doing the same old plyometrics here is a completely new exercise to add to the mix. Plyometrics seek to train the nervous system to speed up reflex action for jumps, or any explosive movements for that matter at the take off. Maximum power training, along with traditional weight training seek to add to the strength side of the equation. But what about raw muscle speed? Here's a brand new drill for just that: What you will first need is a small jogging trampoline, if not a makeshift ramp about 6ft. in length may do. Next what you need is a target that you jump at like say a basketball hoop. Now what you are going to do is place the trampoline 1-2 strides away from the goal, run and make your last step before you plant to jump a stride off the tramp (note: your not doing actual jumps off the mini tramp). This will overspeed your run just before the actual take-off, making your legs jump quicker as well! When done correctly you will make a noticeably higher leap! This is what you will gain when you teach your muscles to move faster through the jump. We are currently experimenting with better methods and new training like this and possibly even better ones to come. Stay tuned in!

The Vertical Project Case Study

The Vertical Project asked a group of 150 students to try out the system and afterwards, write their reports about it. After the sixty-day trial, all 150 students have given positive feedback about the Vertical Project system. Each of them had an increased vertical leap within sixty days or less.

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Jump Higher Tip #4

Tip #4: Inner abdominal strength. I'm not referring to the rectus-abs you get from sit-ups, you already know they're important. I'm talking about the transverse abdominal wall, underneath them, which plays a key role in every power movement & you can make them stronger. Suck in your stomach with a deep breath, try to imagine sucking into the spine. Hold this position for 20 seconds. Repeat 4 more times, do these 3-4 times a week to reap the performance rewards and the appearance of a slimmer waist as the internal organs won't sag!

About The Vertical Project and Luke Lowrey

The Vertical Project introduces a new technique to increase vertical leap of any aspiring athlete, a veteran athlete, or a sports trainer. The increase vertical leap system is created by Luke Lowrey who developed the method to improve his own capability. Now, he shares the increase vertical leap system to the world via the Vertical Project.

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How To Increase Your Vertical Leap

You can increase your vertical leap by 6 inches or more by training, conditioning and building the calf muscles and quad muscles in your legs because they are the primary jumping muscles. How high you can raise yourself from your center of gravity solely by using your muscles is a vertical leap. A higher vertical leap has obvious advantages if you are involved in sports such as basketball and volleyball.

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Increase Your Vertical With Jump Experts

The newest vertical leap program to hit the market, Jump Experts, takes a different approach to our dreams of flight. Unrestricted to just one author, this new product gives you unique insights from multiple athletic trainers, (or shall we say experts). 17 experts to be exact! Including one of our very favorite, Kelly Bagget.

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How To Become a Champ With The Vertical Project

Many athletes are struggling to increase vertical leap and enhance performance. An increase in vertical leap has a huge effect on one’s capability in whatever field of sports he chooses. Whether it is in basketball, volleyball, or track and field - an increased vertical leap makes a big difference on one’s skill.

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Jump Higher Tip #3

Tip #3: Isometric stretching. Or PNF as it is sometimes called speeds workout recovery times. Stretching alone over the coarse of 1 month brought a 15% increase in lower body strength to the tested athletes. Now just imagine if it was isometrics stretching!Those elite gymnast that I've worked with can generate a lot of total body power. How else do you pull off a Triple back-flip? Well all of them have total body flexibility, which has too many benefits to mention here, and all do mostly isometric workouts as well. Start stretching at least 3x a week, working mostly on the hamstrings, quads, hip-flexors & glutes.Simply use a towel to stretch your given limb to its comfortable limit for 10 seconds, then from the same angle pull/contract against the stretch for 10 seconds, relax & go back into the stretch. You should be able to easily improve range of motion as this type of stretch tricks the GTO into giving up more flexibility! Repeat this sequence again 1 more time at the improved range. One final thought here, that is stretch only after your work-outs as research indicates stretching before an event or work out actually decreases power output.

Vertical Project Testimony

A young basketball player from Nova Scotia Canada wrote about the Vertical Project. He said he was able to improve his vertical jump by 12 inches more and after using the Vertical Project his total vertical leap is now a whopping thirty-six inches. Many others have personally written Luke Lowrey to thank him for developing the Vertical Project which helped them improve their sports careers dramatically.

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Insoles Comparison - Springbak Insoles

When compared directly with the leading insoles on the market, it was found that sprinbak insoles offered a 3 times as much resilence than the competitors.

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Jump Higher Tip #2

Tip #2: Forceful arm-swing. This is a commonly neglected jump factor that can account for 15% more lift. Try this, next jump you go up for I want you to deliberately concentrate on swinging your arms up fast, timing it with the jump. See what happens!

Jump Higher Tip #1

Tip #1: Visualize. Try this trick for instant vertical jump increases. Test your jump by seeing how high on the backboard you get. Now close your eyes and vividly imagine yourself exploding upwards to a goal you have. Next, imagine all the muscles in your legs getting stronger & bigger. Then you should focus on feeling lighter, loose & springy. Think about it for a moment. Finally repeat this out-loud or in your head "I feel myself getting more powerful & much lighter". Now your ready to try that jump again. Everyone I've taught this method so far has experienced an immediate gain no less than 2 inches & some as much as 5 inches!

How To Jump Higher! Vertical Leap Secrets From The World’s Best Strength Coaches - Part 6

First of all make sure to check out parts 1 – 5

Here’s what was covered in these parts:

Part 1: Kettlebell exercises to jump higher
Part 2: Band training secrets to improve your vertical leap
Part 3: What to do the 22-23 hours outside of the gym to maximize your vertical jump
Part 4: What does speed have to do with jumping higher?
Part 5: Technique, weaknesses and mobility to maximize your vertical

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How to Jump Higher! Vertical Leap Secrets from the World’s Best Strength Coaches - Part 5

First of all make sure to check out parts 1 – 4

Here’s what was covered in these parts:

Part 1: Kettlebell exercises to jump higher
Part 2: Band training secrets to improve your vertical leap
Part 3: What to do the 22-23 hours outside of the gym to maximize your vertical jump
Part 4: What does speed have to do with jumping higher?

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How to Jump Higher! Vertical Jumping Secrets from the World’s Best Strength Coaches - Part 4

As a quick recap you can check out parts 1, 2 & 3 for more vertical jump training tips from over 13 of the world’s best strength coaches.

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How to Jump Higher! Vertical Leap Secrets from the World’s Best Strength Coaches - Part 3

In parts 1 and 2 of this vertical jump series I shared how kettle bells and bands can help you maximize you vertical jump. If you missed be sure to check it out because there is lots of valuable information that will help you or your athletes.

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5 Great Tips on How To Increase Your Vertical Jump

If you are a professional or armature athlete, and want to be a successful basketball, football, or volleyball player, it is imperative that you have the skill to jump as high as possible. This is a vital skill that will enable you to compete with others. You would need to constantly concentrate on training designed to increase vertical jump. This requires perfect development and toning of your leg muscles. One of the best ways to improve vertical jump is weight training exercise, which should be done under an expert observer. In basketball for instance, it is not only necessary to improve upon your jumping skill, but also to gather strength to run faster and get stronger on defense. Your jumping training will help you improve on these elements, too.

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