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Jump Higher With These Simple Exercises

By Ryan Reynolds

There are many ways to increase your vertical jump. In this article, you will learn some simple exercises that are easy to do and don’t require a lot of expensive equipment. Add these to your current workout or just perform them when you have some extra time and you’ll be sure to see extra inches added to your vertical.

Begin with a good warm up. Do some kind of easy full body activity to get your blood flowing. Jogging, stairclimbing, jumping jacks, or preferably jumping rope. Jumping rope acts as a warm up, but is a great way to increase your jumping ability as well. You should aim to jump rope at least five times per week because it is so beneficial to jumping.

The next exercise is squats. These can be done with or without weights. To do a proper squat, you will bend at the knees to lower your body while keeping your back straight. Try to keep your feet flat on the floor. It will help if you have your feet spaced at least shoulder width apart with your toes pointed slightly outward. As you slowly lower your body, try to keep your kneecaps behind your toes. Lower yourself as far as you can and hold for a moment. Then raise yourself back up in a slow, controlled motion.

The natural progression is to continue with squat jumps. Squat jumps are a perfect way to gain inches on your vertical jump. First bring your body into the lower squat position and hold it for a moment. Then suddenly and explosively, jump out of the squat as high as you can. When you come back to earth, do another squat, hold, and explosive jump. Continue with squat jumps as long as you can.

Calf raises are often not included in jumping programs, but they should be. Although they are not as effective as a squat jump, they are still important as they can get you that last 2 inches that is possible in your vertical. Calf raises can be done seated or standing, with or without weights. We will focus on the standing calf raise without weights. I like these the best simply because you can do them anywhere and anytime. As you are standing straight, use the muscles in your calves to slowly raise your body up as high as you can on your tip toes. Hold for a second and fully tighten your calf muscles, then slowly lower yourself back down. To make it more challenging, you can do these one leg at a time. The next time you are in line at the store or bank, do them. Do them every time you are in line for anything.

Finally, core strength is important in overall athletic ability, including jumping. It is another overlooked area in jumping programs. Try to do basic abdominal crunches every day.

The exercises listed are super simple to perform and don’t take much time. Try adding them to your existing workout to help you surpass your vertical leaping goals. You will certainly notice a measurable difference.

Learn more about increasing your vertical leap. Stop by Ryan Reynolds’s site where you can find more tips on jumping higher.

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