Some athletes were blessed with a great vertical jump and others were not. If you are one of these athletes that has to work for every inch of hops, some of these random training aids will help you boost your vertical. These are not listed in any particular order.
This handy device can increase any athletic attribute tremendously. You can increase your speed and strength with a weighted vest. These are vests that you can wear during your training. They have little pockets in which you can add weights. You can sprint, jump, play ball, and do pull-ups while wearing your vest. Most retail stores carry vests up to 40 lbs. You probably need to shop online for heavier vests.
Jump boxes are primarily used for plyometric training. Plyometrics are vital to your jump higher program. With these boxes, you can perform box jumps and depth jumps. These can also be used as a box to perform box squats. Boxes come in various heights. There are box sets that are stackable so you can adjust the height of your box.
In order to increase your vertical jump, you have to get faster and stronger. You don’t have to build muscle like a bodybuilder but you have to become stronger than what you are now. Weight training is the best way to increase your strength. A membership to a good gym or your school gym should supply all the weights you need. If you prefer to workout at home, your basic set up should include a rack for squats and bench press, an adjustable bench, barbell, and weights. That should get you started.
Jump ropes are one of the most underrated training aids due to its simplicity and “old school” roots. Athletes have been jumping rope for many decades. So how does this increase your vertical jump? It helps develop quickness and reaction speed. It’s also a great conditioning tool to help shed any unwanted fat.
Cones are good for setting up your plyometric drills and sprints. If you want to jump higher for basketball, you need to be doing these drills. Drills like forward bounds, slalom jumps, suicides, and sprints benefit from having cones to measure your distances and to keep you from cutting that 60 yard sprint 10 yards short.
Good nutrition should be part of any jump higher program. If you aren’t maximizing your eating habits, you are cutting yourself short. Protein supplements are not a must have but they are helpful. Hard training athletes need more protein than suggested by the RDA. It’s often recommended that athletes get 1 gram of protein per lb of body weight. So, if your weigh 200 lbs, you should get 200 grams of protein daily. If you find it difficult to get that much protein from real food, you can supplement with protein shakes to reach your daily protein intake.
These were a few random training aids to increase your vertical jump. If you are not blessed with great leaping ability, you are going to have to work for it. With the right jump higher training program, you can definitely increase your vertical and some of these training aids can help.