A vertical jump is the physical act of leaping vertically into the air. It’s an extremely effective workout for developing both explosive strength and endurance. It’s also a good standard test of an athlete’s power output. It can also be called a Sargent leap, named after Dudley Allen Sargent. There are many ways to train for vertical jumps and all of them have their own advantages.
Vertical jump training usually begins with a series of exercises designed to strengthen the muscles that will support the jump. Some athletes spend weeks working on their explosion. Others focus on their power. Still others spend time working on timing and flexibility – all to develop their “feel” for the height they’re attempting. All of these aspects affect the athletes’ vertical jump.
Athletes who lack the strength or the speed to achieve tremendous vertical jumps will instead focus on improving their “feel” for the actual height they want. This comes through strength and speed. Not just explosive strength and speed, but the ability to feel the ground.
For example, when a basketball player makes a vertical jump that is considered long by his team, he should have a sense of how high he has come. Many basketball players are taught to use a short jump so that they have more confidence in themselves. However, a great basketball player knows that he can jump higher if he sets his mind to it. He has achieved the highest possible potential for himself simply by feeling the ground. So it goes with other athletic achievements as well.
If an athlete is to build his or her “emotion”, strength and speed are the first things that will have to be achieved. Then, explosive power output, which includes jumping, will come into play. The most important factor that affects vertical leap ability has to do with the amount of emotion that is being generated at the exact moment the athlete takes off. The more “oomph” a player has while jumping, the higher he will go. In order to achieve this level of emotion, the athlete has to train very hard.
There are many drills that can be used in order to develop the correct amount of emotion while working on the vertical jump. For basketball in particular, the most common drill is called the standing vertical jump. This drill requires the athlete to stand on a box, legs apart, and then jump off of one leg onto the box. As the athlete steps onto the box, he is required to quickly change from walking to squatting. While in squatting position, the athlete will then hold onto a barbell with one hand.
An example of a volleyball team would have a player squat down to the very point where his knee almost touches the floor. He then quickly steps back up to standing position, and then onto the volleyball. Another example of this drill would have the volleyball rebound at the side of the court. The rebounder is placed a few feet away from the center of the court, and the athlete will use his body weight to propel himself back to standing position, and then into the rebound position.
These are just two examples of how to train the muscles and improve your vertical jump height. Your lower body plays an extremely large role in jumping. Therefore, you will have to focus on strengthening all of your muscles to be able to jump higher. By training your entire core to work at the same time, you will see an increase in your jumping height.