If you want to increase your vertical jump, there are certain exercises that you should use in order to see the best results. Here is a bit of information to help you decide which vertical jump exercises are the best for helping you meet your goals.
What Is A “Vertical Jump Exercise”?
This question may seem like it has a pretty obvious answer; “They’re exercises that increase vertical jump.” But this isn’t entirely the case. There is a bit more to vertical jump exercises than meets the eye.
My own personal definition of a vertical jump exercise is one that increases the body’s ability to quickly develop power (force) and release it through efficient neuromuscular connections between brain and muscle. This sounds a bit complicated, but it’s one of the best ways that I’ve found to describe an exercise that is categorized as a vertical jump exercise.
In order for us to jump vertically, the body must send signals to our muscles that force them to contract and relax rapidly. This contraction and relaxation is what’s responsible for controlling how much power we can produce as we jump off the ground. The faster, and more forcefully, those cycles of contraction and relaxation occur, the higher you will jump.
The only way to improve those forceful muscle movements is to improve the connection between your brain and muscles. Quick contractions and relaxations are a byproduct of an efficient nervous system.
How Can Nervous System Efficiency Be Increased?
If you’ve ever performed some sort of repetitive task (which most of us have), you’ve probably noticed that over time your body’s ability to perform that task becomes almost effortless. This is what’s referred to as “muscle memory”. However, your muscles don’t actually remember how to do things, they just receive stronger signals from the brain due to increased nervous system efficiency. Increased efficiency basically translates to improved connections between your nerves and the muscle your using to perform the given task. If you’re a guitar player, it mainly involves your nerves that go from spine to fingers. If you’re a basketball player, it’s the nerves that go from your spine to your leg muscles (as well as some others).
So hopefully you understand what the keyword is when it comes to increasing nervous system efficiency. If not, here it is: Repetitiveness! In order to improve your vertical jump, you need to train repetitive motions that will basically train your body to the point where it becomes almost effortless. With a strong nervous system that can develop lightning quick contractions and relaxations of the muscle, you’ll be able to jump higher than ever!
What “Vertical Jump Exercises” Work Best?
A lot of people ask what vertical jump exercises will improve their vertical leap the most. The answer is that there are actually quite a few, but the main emphasis should be on exercises called plyometrics. Click on the link to plyometrics if you don’t know exactly what they are.
Plyometrics are best for improving the brain-muscle connection that I talked about earlier on the page. Weightlifting exercises will help increase the total force that your muscles can generate. Bodyweight exercises are often used to keep in shape during a season. Bodyweight exercises aren’t the best vertical jump exercises, but they will help you maintain what you’ve got. In order to improve, you must focus on weightlifting and plyometrics.
If you haven’t noticed, this site is dedicated to all things vertical jump. Each exercise listed on this site is an exercise that I feel will help greatly improve vertical jump ability. If you look on the right side of the screen you will see that there is a list of categories. Click on these categories to find the exercises that I would consider “vertical jump exercises”.
As you can see just by looking through this site, there are a lot of options as far as vertical jump exercises. Just look around and see what interests you. Your workout should consist of about 3 different weightlifting exercises, and 3 different plyometric exercises. With this combination, you’ll see some pretty amazing gains as the vertical jump becomes more natural to you.