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5 Ways to Improve Your Vertical Jump

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5 Ways to Improve Your Vertical Jump

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  1. GET INTO THE SWING OF IT - Proper jumping mechanics includes an agressive arm swing. The arm swing can vastly improve vertical jump. Try jumping with your hands behind your head first,then with a good arm swing to see the drastic increase in momentum and height.

  2. LIFT FOR LEAPS - Squats and deadlifts are great exercises to improve verical jump. Keep to lower,power-focused sets of 4-8 reps. You also can combine training approaches by following these lifts with box jumps in the same workout.

  3. EXPLODE, EXPLODE, EXPLODE - At Snap Fitness in Lake Oswego I often tell my clients to get into a squat position with the med ball at shoulder height and explode upward,throwing the ball as high as you can at the top, don't try to catch it. Do 3-4 sets of 8-12 reps in an open space or against a high wall. This is called medicine ball press throws.

  4. REAP THE BENEFITS - Jump training strengthens and tones the entire leg musculature, which aids in other lifts. Better, stronger-looking legs can be had by simply adding some jump training to your routine because of the involvement of your growth prone fast twitch fibers.

  5. GET A LEG U P- Do an exercise called the single leg squat jump, with the opposing leg on a bench for balance, contribute well to improving vertical leap.

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