3 Myths About Jumping Higher

By: Trajko Dangov

There are 3 myths about jumping higher that I want to clarify. I've been obsessed with my vertical leap for 5 years and I learned quite a lot in that process.

1.) Having a high vertical leap is a born advantage

A lot of people think that players like Michael Jordan or Vince Carter had the genetic advantage and they just had their way of jumping higher than anyone else. A lot of times people tend to watch someone like Dr. J and say: Ooh gosh, he is so lucky with that talent. And what people don't realize is that Dr. J went through hours and hours of training and sweat and dedication to reach that level. He said that himself.

2.) You should stop playing basketball when you're doing a "vertical jump program"

That's far from the truth. I mean, why would you? A lot of players often feel bad because they see that after practice their vertical has actually decreased. Well, that's totally normal. You're attacking a certain group of muscles and they get separated in this weird way. They get developed and as a result, temporarily can't "serve you as well. In fact, if you notice that your jump has decreased that means that you're doing it right.

3.) Get the hardest program out there

In basketball, as in everything else in life, you have to lay the foundation. You have to start small and build your way up. You have to start, for example with 20 calf raises, 20 seconds with a jump rope and so on. Build the foundation. Don't go after these crazy programs that are just so exhausting that might get you injured. They're for more advanced athletes and a lot of times, that's not the case with you.

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