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The Importance of Core Strength Training in Improving Your Vertical Jump

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Training to become a better leaper either for basketball, volleyball or American football is not something you can do tentatively and see any significant results. Just like any other athletic skills, serious and adequate training is necessary to achieve your objectives.

Learning how to jump higher involves some of the most intense exercise regimen because it uses techniques that target fast twitch muscle fibers which are responsible for creating power and speed. This enables athletes to sprint faster, punch quicker, throw farter, jump higher, etc. Exercises for fast twitch muscle may involve explosive action of the movement you are training for. For instance, if you wish to train your body to jump higher for basketball, you will need to do jumping exercises that mimics jumping while playing basketball and that usually means plyometric vertical jumping exercises.

Plyometrics are a high intensity exercises that work out the target muscles using explosive movements. If you are training to jump higher, plyometics is achieved by jumping vertically as high as you can and in short bursts of energy and small number of repetitions.

The high intensity nature of plyometric workouts entail increased risks of injury to the trainee. So, to counter that risk, experts advise athletes to undergo serious core strengthening regimen that targets your core muscles which are responsible for the stability of your body when executing any athletic movement. They serve as the base of the human locomotion and hence, the stronger they are, the more efficient the transfer of energy is through your body during play.

Core muscles stabilize the spine, the back, abdomen, neck and shoulders which are basically the center of muscular activity of the human body. Hence, exercises that target core muscles are important part of your vertical jump training and should not be overlooked.

Vertical jump training involves explosive movements that may cause pain or injury. Taking necessary safety measures is a must before undertaking any such endeavor. Core training is one of those essential steps in that direction and should always be part of your training plan.

The Secret to an Explosive Jump

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

If you happen to be a devoted athlete or maybe you just want to improve your overall performance, there is this one book that would benefit you immensely and that is Jacob Hiller’s Jump Manual. It is a book that will teach you the fundamentals of how to jump higher and dunk. The designer and creator of the program is so confident that his program will work that if in case it does not, he guarantees you will get twice your money back. So, who is this Jacob Hiller and what knowledge can you gain from him? Here is a quick review about the author and his principles.

The author is a professional coach that has trained thousands of athletes all over the world. He is well respected and is actually considered one of the best vertical jump trainers of this age. The aim of his manual is to empower all the muscles in your body that is required when you jump and in the process improve your jumping ability to its maximum potential. One fine advantage of this manual is that it focuses on all the aspects of what is referred to as the vertical explosion. It will not only teach you regarding what particular muscle groups to improve, it will also teach you what are the right foods to consume which will help you not just to increase your vertical, but to improve your overall game as well.

The manual is also based on particular principles and practices. The author states that the main reason as to why a lot of people fail at increasing their vertical leap is because they lack adequate determination. He will then challenge the reader to continuously follow the program, so that he or she can reap and enjoy the benefits in the end. The book will also provide you with nutritional advices and will explain how balance, flexibility, and agility can help you to be able to jump higher.

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