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Friday, May 21
How to Increase Your Vertical Leap

The Program

1. Begin every workout by warming up your muscles and then doing extensive leg stretches.

Because you'll be building muscle fibers that are used for explosive activities such as jumping,

stretching is of the utmost importance.

2. Jump rope for its excellent cardiovascular conditioning. This step should never be skipped, as it

will be an important contributor to your results.

3. Incorporate sprints into your workouts. This builds muscle, which will add to your jumping ability.

4. Run stairs on your toes. Start by running up a flight, one step at a time. Walk down and run back

up, taking two steps at a time. Repeat as many times as you can manage.

5. Do sets of elevated jumps (see the next section).

6. Do sets of explosive jumps (see the third section).

7. Do sets of double jumps (see the third section).

8. Rest your legs at least two days a week. Results will come from sustaining the exercise program, not performing it aggressively for a few

weeks and then slacking off.

Elevated Jumps

9. Begin by placing a step bench or platform on the ground (many health clubs have a platform for just this purpose).

0. Stand on the platform, then jump backward onto the ground, concentrating on landing softly.

1. Jump back onto the platform immediately, with a bouncing motion.

2. Complete three sets of 10 repetitions. Be very careful when performing this exercise, as there is a potential for injury. Ask a trainer or

spotter to help.

Explosive Leg Jumps and Double Jumps

3. Position yourself for an explosive leg jump by facing a secure platform and placing your right foot on it.

4. Jump as high as you can, concentrating on exploding off the right leg. Scissor your legs once in the air, then land with your left foot on

the platform and your right foot on the floor. Gather yourself and explode upward again, this time off the left foot.

5. Do three sets of 10 repetitions, resting for about 30 seconds to 1 minute between sets.

6. Execute a double jump by jumping as high as possible with both feet from a stationary position.

7. Jump again immediately upon landing, using less effort.

8. Repeat until you've accomplished three sets of 10 jumps each.

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