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Vertical Jump Improvement Plan?

To answer the question of which drills undermine the ability to jump vertically, we must first discuss what it takes to make a good vertical jump. First, there are two types of vertical jumpers: standing and running. A standing vertical jump is when you stand on the floor and jump up with all your might, which is useful in soccer and weightlifting. A running vertical jump is when you need to run up while running, such as when you are walking. B. Vertical style volleyball and basketball. Since your question is about basketball, you want to focus on the following exercises or activities:

  • Weight training is useful, but you don't want to push for maximum strength or mass. Ie you want a high strength in relation to your body mass.
  • Anything that increases your hip's ability to generate strength
  • Anything that makes you slimmer.
  • Anything that can cause you to lose a little take-off speed or acceleration doesn't hurt the vertical.
  • Anything that increases your top speed (both jumping and running) such as sprints.
  • Anything that increases your reaction force, such as certain types of plyometric training
  • Anything that improves your stretch reflex (the body's ability to bounce back without being stretched)

  • Need good calf and tendon performance

Strength training can help you improve your relative strength, which is more important than your absolute strength for a running vertical - if you focus on the exercises that allow you to jump well and not lose yourself in search of heavier numbers. Rough guidelines would be to focus on things like this:

  • Kettlebell swings (improves power generation at the hip)
  • Standing calf raises (improves calf performance, can also help with tendons in the ankle)
  • Squats need to be deep enough to hit the stretch reflex in your glutes
  • Push press affects the hips and improves your shoulder strength. Overhead work is generally more beneficial to a basketball player than the bench press.
  • Focus on doing more sets of low repetitions at medium weight (example 6x3 at 70% intensity): The goal is to build strength without too much volume.
  • Olympic Weightlifting: Builds hip and calf strength through triple extension under load

This list is not comprehensive, but it should give you an idea of ​​things that can help a vertical basketball and compliment basketball.

At the other end of the spectrum, we want to avoid such force activities:

  • General bodybuilding (increasing muscle mass for more looks than function)
  • Weight training (aiming to get the heaviest squat / bench / deadlift you can)
  • Anything where you slowly work out repetitions with great effort

These activities can benefit a soccer player, but basketball players have different demands on them.

Plyometric work

The biggest factor in plyometric work is the type of plyo you use, closely followed by how often. You want to focus on reactive strength, not steadfastness

  • Avoid standing pit jumps (from a lower to a higher platform)
  • Perform deep jumps (from an 18 "box to the ground and jump immediately when you land)
  • Perform running jumps
  • Perform quick jump shots (helps your game and reactive power at the same time - double the profit)

In terms of frequency, it may be best to have one day a week for explosive work so that you have plenty of time to recover for a game later that week.


Here you may or may not agree with me. It turns out that the disruption of power delivery from cardio work is exaggerated. In short, while there is mild acute effects in the long run (i.e., short term), long slow cardio makes you a better athlete. My high school basketball coach always let us run a few miles before training even started. In retrospect, it was a good thing.

  • Some low intensity steady state (LISS) cardio exercises (running, cycling, etc.) will help you recover from difficult workouts and improve basic health determinants. 20 minutes a day is enough for this purpose.
  • Sprints are great
  • Suicides are great too, especially since they also increase the stretch reflex in your calves when you change direction quickly

Skill work is always important. The more you work on a skill, the better you get at it. Your trainer will let you do exercises that are designed to get the most out of you as a player. You always have to do what your trainer says - or you won't be on a team and your vertical will be pointless. The coach should know exactly what is making his system work and where his team needs more work.

The biggest challenge is making sure that anything you do outside of training doesn't interfere with training or worsen the game. If you play once a week load up the week so that you do most of your strength and plyometric work a day or two after the game and then get closer to the next game (you may not be doing any outside work the day before the game) . . If you play twice a week it's even more difficult, but the same principles apply. You may have one strength day and one plyo day per week.


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I've always been a strong guy as long as I know that by the age of 33 I can squat my body weight 2 times (180 kg) about 4 times. - and I think I need to stop squaring and go more on the speed side and chase drills

Berin Loritsch

Dan John said that for the average athlete, being able to squat 10x more body weight will only decrease the returns on athletic performance.