How to jump higher! Vertical Jump Secrets from the World’s Best Strength Trainers – Part 4

As a quick recap, you can check out parts 1, 2 and 3 for more vertical jump training tips from over 13 of the world’s best strength coaches.

There is a lot in these parts, so don’t miss them:

  • Secrets of the vertical jump with kettlebells
  • Band training to jump much higher
  • The evaluations used by Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls to maximize their performance

Here’s a quick question for you? Would you follow the advice of a speed expert for vertical jump training? If your answer is no, I suggest you finish reading this article.

I was able to peacefully interrogate world-class speed expert Lee Taft. Lee is a true gentleman and an excellent teacher. So what can be learned about vertical jump performance from a speed expert? Well, when you consider that faster athletes generally jump higher, I knew Lee’s Insights would really help here. Lee first addressed the importance of injury prevention by teaching proper jumping technique and making sure to maintain and train for optimal posture. One thing to take home is how Lee feels about injury prevention and many coaches forget that. Remember this: no matter how high you jump, it doesn’t mean anything if he has an injury!

An important point Lee mentioned was maintaining an optimal strength-to-weight ratio. To do this, it’s important to keep body fat levels low and use strength training protocols that specifically target strength (ie low reps up to 5). This is actually a big deal with speed training, as many times increasing speed is just a matter of achieving an optimal weight-to-strength ratio.

Another point Lee spoke about was the value of barefoot training, which was also discussed in great detail by founder John Izzo. As simple as it sounds, 99 percent of us never think about our feet. We simply cover them with the latest pair of basketball shoes and that’s it. Big mistake! The stronger your feet, the better your vertical jump and overall athletic performance. In fact, shoes actually weaken our feet, so it makes a lot of sense to work on strengthening them with barefoot training. Did you know that a simple ankle restraint will decrease the force generated by the musculature around your hips? Do you think that’s important? Well, when you consider that 80 percent of the force is generated by the hips, that translates easily to inches. Instead of working harder to correct restrictions in your ankle joint, you’ll instantly add more strength and jump higher!

Now, to tell the truth, Lee Taft and John Izzo shared a lot more than is written here, but again, this is just a brief summary of things that I knew could help right away. For more free information on how speed training and barefoot training will improve your vertical jump, be sure to visit Jump Experts today – check the author resource box for the Jump Experts website.

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