Basketball is a fun game and it’s also known to be very professional. If you like basketball, you should know that you need to work hard to get those super dunks. Hard work is rewarded, with some effort and athletic talent you can be up with your dream team. If you’re a basketball player, maybe you dream of jumping higher? Jumping is a skill that all basketball players need to have. You have to “grow” to catch high balls, developing the ability to jump. Do you like jumping? Do you know there are some magic tricks that can help you? Well, these are not magic tricks but some exercises really do help improve your jumping style and are great for learning how to jump higher.
Learning how to jump better on the basketball courts can be the trick to putting you in the top players in your league. Why should you go to practice every day if you don’t aim for better results? Jumping is the mixture of strength and speed in the legs, so you have to make sure you balance these properties.
First, you need to be healthy. Are you? Do you have any health problems? If you feel any pain or discomfort during these exercises please stop them and consult your doctor. Keep in mind that your body needs to rest between exercises. Your body has to reconstruct cells and build energy. If you wish to continue exercising on a regular basis, you should make sure you have times rest breaks so your body has a cool down time.
You should do your warm up before exercising, it helps your body and prevents injuries. If your house has stairs, a good start is running up and downstairs, or you can also do jump rope to warm up. Do not get too tired or you won’t be able to do the exercises you are supposed to.
Personal Training Course
Before we get into this I highly recommend doing a personal training course. The reason for this is because you will get to where you want to be a lot faster. I personally use the Vert Shock Training Program and it’s customized to your liking. I’ve used it on myself and my team. The results really are amazing and our jump heights have increased a lot. So make sure you check out Vert Shock. Not let’s look at some slower ways you can increase your jumping and dunking.
Squats & Push Ups
You want to improve your jump, strength but also your speed. Do some squats with or without some weights, they will give your legs the strength you need when you jump. Do this for 10 minutes a day, these exercises work all leg muscles. Perform some push-ups on your knees, try to always to keep your back straight slowly bending your knees. Do 15 of these a session and remember as you exercise you should add more repetitions to start jumping higher.
Your toes are very important in the process of jumping. Stand up and lift your feet standing on your toes. Try to balance and you will have better results if you use a step (your stairs are a good help). Do this up to 50 times.
Running & Abdominal Exercises
Running track is very helpful with performance when learning how to jump! You gain speed and endurance by running. Run every day, run at the start and end of each training session run to the bus stop, run to the shop, run after work whatever you need to do but just run! I like to tell people to run at the beach, if you want to take some light weights on your feet, or a backpack loaded to the back. You really get tired and then as the ground is uneven and soft, forces you to work a little harder and work the legs and joints. Although you might not like it, do an abdominal exercise 10 minutes a day at least. Make sure your back is straight!
The jumping exercises allow you to go a little further while bending your knees. You can bend yourself (by the knees) almost touching the floor then jump as high as you can. When landing try not to injure yourself. Do this 15 times, as time goes by you should increase the repetitions as well. Jump on one leg to give strength to the leg, make sure you have good landing support. Use the other leg to balance and alternate the legs. These exercises will make your jump higher on the court. You will notice the difference.
Another thing you can do to increase your vertical is the tuck jump, you jump higher and try to take your knees to your chest. Try to land on your toes and jump again, as fast as you can. Jumping the rope can perform as a good exercise also, not only as a warm up. You can watch TV, listen to your favorite songs as you jump and keep your mind distracted. If you have enough room at home (or wherever you will be performing these exercises) you can put some objects as obstacles then jump over them! When jumping, use also your arms to keep balance and use both knees, landing on your feet. These are all great ways to learn how to jump higher in basketball and increase you basketball skills.