I increased my vertical jump by 19 inches- I’m gonna show you how to increase yours
By: Kelly Baggett
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If you want to fly, you’ve got 3 options:
1. Buy a plane ticket
2. Sprout feathers and wings
3. Improve your vertical jump
While flying in a plane is nice and all, it’s a bit expensive and way too temporary.
Sprouting feathers and wings ain’t gonna happen! So, unless you’ve got money to burn or
you really believe in evolution, you’re stuck with improving your vertical jump.
A strong vertical jump is at the core of some of the most beautiful and graceful
movements known to man – Kobe Bryant dunking on the fast break, Michelle Kwan
hitting a triple axle, and Barishnikov seemingly floating in air during the ballet. But don’t
get me wrong, the vertical jump is also a measure of pure raw power that is used widely
throughout professional and college athletics as a performance test. An athlete’s vertical
jump can effectively determine how explosive they are and how efficiently they utilize
their strength in athletic movements. In fact, in the NFL, the single biggest predictor of
success isn’t one’s size, speed, or strength, but rather their vertical jump!
Vertical Jump I Know – So Tell Me How I Can Improve It!
Of course the reason you bought this manual was because just like everybody else you’re
wondering, “What is the best routine to give me the hops?" People pursuing the answer
to that question are responsible for millions of dollars of revenue per year for the athletic
performance industry. Unfortunately, a lot of those dollars are wasted. If you’re like
most athletes you’re probably confused as to what exactly you should do. What program
works best? What’s the “magic bullet”? Should I be doing plyometrics, isometrics, jump
rope, sprints, calf raises, 1 million jumps per day, wearing special shoes, weight training,
weighted-vests, stretching, taking special pills, doing special exercises to increase my
height, wearing ankle weights, or meditation? The list goes on and on and on. I’ve been
part of the athletic performance industry for a very long time now and I’ve seen it all.
With so many programs, products, modes, systems, gimmicks, and so much information
(mostly mis-information) floating around out there its no wonder the average athlete is so
What’s even worse is every program promises the moon but usually does nothing more
then empty your wallet. You may be one of these guys who has a long list of programs,
gadgets, and systems that you either have tried or are going to try. You probably know
plenty of people who’ve had success using one or more of the many programs out there.
You may have had success at some of them yourself. Or maybe you haven’t? You may
have tried other programs without getting anywhere or maybe you’ve just stalled out and
want more. You may have asked the question, “well how come xxxx programs worked
for him but not for me?” Why did xxxxx program put 10 inches on so and so’s vertical
but made me lose 3? Why can so and so jump but I can’t? The truth is, I can’t tell you
what the best program is out there because every program or gadget I’ve seen neglects
solid training principles.
You might wonder what motivated me to write this manual. Well, truthfully, I was
originally motivated because I was angry. I get questions everyday from people who
have been burned by fast-buck artists selling hype without results. I’ve seen a lot of
programs that seem to do no more then extract dollars from unknowing athletes. These
programs are put together without much understanding of how the body works, the
science or reasoning behind how the training methods work, and the reasons why a
system brings gains if in fact it does. So, I decided to do something about this and help do
what I can to spread the knowledge.
Vertical Jump Secrets?
So what exactly is the secret to a great vertical jump? The truth is, there are no secrets or
magical systems. There are, however, solid principles that have been around for ages.
The magic lies in the application of established principles. The information you’ll find
here comes from a variety of resources compiled over the better part of the last century.
The approach I talk about is the same approach used by the best athletes and the best
leapers in the world. This includes track and field athletes, jumpers, throwers, olympic
weightlifters, football players, volleyball players, as well as a few basketball players.
You see, olympic or professional athletes achieve their spectacular leaping ability as a
"side effect" of effective training principles and practices. Their approach is multifaceted
and their vertical jump improves because of effective training designed to improve
various other qualities like strength, speed, and overall explosivness. When these
qualities improve the vertical jump just comes along for the ride.
Rest assured you won't find any professional or olympic athletes out there searching for
the magic jumping cure because there is none. The vertical jump itself is a feat that
coaches from government sponsored programs all over the world have spent over 50
years investigating. The number of readily accessible scientific studies on the VJ is
astounding. In other words, if there was a magic bullet that was really going to put 20
inches on anyone’s vertical in 6 weeks then you can be sure that a sport scientist
would’ve known about it long ago. Fortunately, these same scientists have produced
principles that take the guesswork out of everything. What I’ve done is taken all the
information, tested it, and compiled it into a format that “zeroes in” on the vertical jump.
It’s taken me many years to compile, test, and implement all this information. The
information was out there all along but sorting through it all it has been much like
searching for needles in haystacks! This meant spending endless hours, days, and nights
not only training athletes but also perusing through countless scientific studies and huge
complicated texts in an effort to pull out miscellaneous tidbits of effective information. It
also meant listening to feedback and advice from other coaches and observing thousands
of athletes over the years. I have spent the better part of 10 years researching and
practicing the methods outlined in this book. This has meant using myself, and others, as
a virtual guinea pig for the last 10 years. I have to admit I’ve loved doing it all!
Experimenting, observing, and putting it all into action is the fun part. My only hope is
that this manual will make a substantial difference for you.
When I write, it is in a no-nonsense, straightforward manner. I prefer to talk about
“principles” rather then “secrets”. What I will do is explain the science involved in the
vertical jump and do so in a simplistic manner complete with real-life everyday
examples. My goal is not only to tell you what to do but also to help you understand why
you’re doing it. There’s a saying that goes, “Feed a man a fish, and feed him for a day.”
“Teach him how to fish and feed him for a lifetime.” What I’d like to do is give you
both. I promise when I’m done you’ll have a newfound understanding of this athletic
display and how to improve it. I will explain the various training methods you might be
familiar with and show you how you can easily determine which method of training or
combination of training will work best for you or anyone else at any given time. Then
I’ll give you several complete programs. Along the way, I’ll also answer practically every
question you’ve ever heard on vertical jump development including gadgets, programs,
and just about anything else you can think of.
SHOW ME THE MONEY
Years ago it was thought there wasn't a whole lot if anything we could do to improve
jumping ability because it relied solely on genetics. More and more we now know this is
utter nonsense. The reason why athletes of years past didn't improve is because they:
1. Didn't train at all
2.Didn't know how to train correctly.
Fortunately, those days are coming to a close. I will admit the large majority of athletes
and even a lot of coaches still fit into group #2 - They don't know how to train correctly
and a lot of the training they do actually detracts from the qualities necessary to jump
high. Yet, in the coming years this will completely change and you can count on it.
Once a person understands what is needed for spectacular jumping ability as well as
understands the correct training methods and their application - improvement is relatively
easy. In fact, near never ending improvement is possible. Let me tell you right now,
barring injury and old age, permanent plateaus should never occur providing you know
how to correctly train. Regardless of how advanced a person is they can always improve.
Now you're probably saying, "That all sounds well