In order to learn to jump higher, you need to improve various physical attributes. A good jump higher program will emphasize training strength, speed, jumping technique, and conditioning. Part of you jump training will entail performing various jump higher exercises. Here are three exercises to jump higher that will increase your vertical. Don’t be fooled by their simplicity as these can be very effective.
You read that right, skipping! These are similar to the skipping as you did as a kid but these require a little more effort than Little Red Riding Hood skipping to her Grandma’s house.
During this exercise, you will skip with force and explosion. This is not a speed exercise but rather a power exercise. Find a flat surface in which you can skip the length of a basketball court. You want to skip as high as possible. As you push off with one foot, you want to bring the other leg as high as you can. Get that knee up towards your chest. Go down to the end of the court and come back. That is one set.
This exercise can be awkward at first but very effective at developing power from your calves. This drill starts in the squat position and remains so during the exercise. You need to remain in a squatting position and bounce off your toes. As you bounce in the air, you want to remain in this squatted position.
This exercise entails repeated jump in the position mentioned above. You need to push off your toes hard and push yourself back in the air immediately after you hit the ground. As mentioned before, this can be a little awkward at first but it is a great exercise once you find your rhythm.
This is the most underrated of the jump higher exercises. There isn’t much to add to what you already know about this exercise. I can say without a doubt that this is a very effective exercise to increase your vertical jump. You don’t need much space or fancy equipment.
There many jump techniques you can use to vary the intensity of this workout such as jumping with two feet, one foot, alternating foot, running jump rope, weighted ropes, double turns, and many more.
They all have their place in a jumping routine. My suggestion would be to work all of these jump higher exercises into your routine. You don’t have to do them all in the same day but various techniques should be rotated in your routine during the week.