Almost All Sports Require A Strong Vertical Jump- How Do You Compare?By
Whether it’s a lay-up in basketball, a reach to spike a volleyball, or the impossibly caught fly ball for the game-ending out, a strong vertical jump is important to success in almost every sport. How does your jump stack up to your teammates’ or your opponents’? If you have not been especially focused on your vertical jump, you may have room to improve. Luckily, there are a few exercises and simple routines which you can incorporate to your workouts to improve your vertical jump.
There are two main, complimentary exercises that will help you to achieve an explosive vertical jump: Weightlifting and Plyometrics. Focusing on quads, hips, glutes, and calves while lifting weights will help to contribute to the power of your jumps. Squats and lunges, and variations on these, are among the most effective weightlifting exercises. Calf raises should also be incorporated into your routine.
Plyometrics are exercises which encourage speed, quickness, and power. To improve your jump, the plyometrics exercises you will be employing will be – that’s right – jumping. be sure that you have adequate strength base before incorporating these types of exercises into your routine.
Although it is good to sometimes change the order of your routine, plyometrics, being a full-force exercise, should generally be done before lifting. This way, you are able to put all of your energy into them without being already tired from weights.
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