VERTICAL LEAP TRAINING MYTHS
by Patrick C. Martinez
Exercises to increase vertical leap are often hunted by the keen athlete wanting to gain a competitive edge or to help his or her team do so. As with any sports discipline there are things worth cherishing and things worth chucking.
With that, here are 10 myths surrounding exercises to increase vertical leap. Unfortunately many of them are still embraced and even undertaken by many athletes.
Myth #1: There is one special exercise that nobody knows about except for the pros - except they don't wanna share it with folks like you.
- Firstly, no one can jump increase their leap with one exercise. Even the pros need many exercises to increase vertical leap. Furthermore, they do exercises you probably know. The secret lies in the overall type of workout - i.e., how is it organized?
Myth #2: Only folks with great genes can jump higher and run faster.
- Actually, around 95% of you should benefit from a proper program of exercises to increase vertical leap.
Myth #3: It takes a full 6-12 months, maybe even longer to increase your vertical by 10-12 inches.
- you should be able to accomplish this in 8-12 weeks by following a proper jumping program,.
In many circumstances you can gain even more inches provided you continue longer, taking appropriate rest between workout blocks. A 3-4 week block is desirable.
Myth #4: You will plateau once you finish a program that is successful at increasing vertical leap.
- Recovery is important after doing the program. Anyway, quite often you can still start at a new "ground zero" and gain more inches. Rarely is it the case that you plateau. Usually that won't occur until you have a saturated your jumping capacity - it would take 40-50 inch vertical leap to do this.
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Myth #5: When you jump with weights you should try to do so with as much weight as possible - up to 100% of your weight (doesn't apply to a prephase strength program).
- Be careful with this one. After all, the more weight you carry, the less high you jump. You won't train your muscles to become powerful that way. For exercises to increase vertical leap start off with no weights, followed by a 2-5% increase every two weeks.
The take home message here is: do not get embraced by the common "old-school" myths above.
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