Many athletes dream to increase their vertical jump especially for basketball players who would like to be able to dunk.
The height of our vertical jump involves our explosion and overall leg strength. By having a strong core strength, is also an important factor to our vertical leap. As such, you need to condition your core muscles as well. These are some exercises that you can do at home or gym to improve your vertical leap.
Having flexibility is important to jump high. You need to do stretching daily which will improve and strengthen your muscles to give your body to gain flexibility. It is recommended to stretch before and after workout.
You can use a jumping rope which is an amazing exercise to train your vertical jump. The movement of the jumping rope will also help to improve your jumping explosion. At the same time, it help to pump your heart and train your cardio together. You can put on a pair of ankle weights to your routine but do remember to be cautious in order to avoid injury.
Squats are a good exercise to build core and leg strength. Remember to do a proper squat by keeping your back straight and your hips back while squatting down. Another advice is your knees should not be bending forward to avoid having pain on the knee. To increase explosion, get up fast after you squat down. By doing so, it will also help to train your calf muscles. Try to do between 6-8 reps.
Doing Calf Raises:
Jumping high involve mainly in explosion. By doing calf raises, it will improve your vertical jump explosion. The idea of this exercise is simple, first place your feet on a platform and raise your legs using the balls of your feet. The most important thing to remember that is you are not trying to build muscle but is to build the explosion.
You can add some weight on your workout if you are at the gym by placing them on your knees. It is advisable to use less weight and maximize the reps.
These are some of the exercises that can help to improve your jumping. There are also program or workshop teaching you how to jump higher within a few weeks. You can look at such programs or workouts and invest in them if you are serious in improving your basketball jumping skills.