Vertical leaping on the court is always impressive to see, especially if you can jump higher than everyone else. If this is a dream of yours, it’s now about to become real! If you think becoming a high-performance player just happens, you’re wrong! It is always the ones that work the hardest that can do the most astounding things. It is important that you commit to doing well and staying positive when trying to do this. Avoid letting negative thoughts and doubts from getting a hold in your mind.
In the following paragraphs and in www.demarcuscousins.org, we have included three powerful workouts that you can add your workout. Now let’s take a look at the workouts and see how they can help you reach your goals.
If you know a little about track and field and running, then maybe you have heard of fast and slow twitch muscles. More specifically, long-distance runners have slow twitch muscles and sprinters have fast twitch muscles. So if you want to jump higher than ever, your legs and calves must develop fast twitch muscles. So when you do squats, don’t go all the way down to your calves, even if you are lifting lighter weights. That places tremendous strain on your knees and is not recommended. You basically want to go down to about 60%, then come up to a standing position to complete one repetition. Each time that you spring up, make sure that you are in complete control. This will help you develop your fast twitch muscles.
You can break down the physics of jumping and then work on any one of three different areas or all three. Jumping involves power and there are some things that will influence that power. You can increase the speed at which you jump, or get off the ground, with a certain amount of power. That involves a rapid twitch muscle response and you can train for that with some distinct exercises. There is also your basic leg strength–including each major muscle group in each leg. You can do some specific things to raise the range over which you can exert your power. Increasing one area is nice but you’ll have more power if you increase all three areas.
The body performing a high vertical leap is a sort of poetry in motion. Your body needs to be one fluid machine in motion to do vertical leaps in an impressive way. The arm movement is something you need to really focus on. You need to train yourself to hold the ball and execute these motions while playing basketball. Part of the upward momentum and ability to overcome inertia lies with the force you exert with your arms. With power and grace, you need to trust your arms up giving you the maximum energy necessary to go upward. By simply training every day on the court, playing the game, your vertical leaps will improve using these tactics.
Everyone has seen players who don’t seem to need any help to have impressive and very high vertical leaps. Yes, some will be able to do this naturally but there are not many people who have this ability. If you lack this natural ability, try to forget that it exists and, instead, work on using each of the techniques we’ve taught you for improvement. By working hard to get better than you currently are, you can compensate for a lack of natural ability.