Want to find out how to jump higher? Read below…
If you’re a basketball player, whether as a weekend warrior in pickup games or on your high school or college team, you want a few things: you want to dunk, jump higher play above the rim, and block your buddy’s and opponent’s shots with authority. In the last article we went over your first two basic tips on how to jump higher, and I gave you some tips on fat loss and cutting some of your “dead weight” (check out part 1 here). In this article I’m going to give you a little more direction in regards to WHERE you should focus on getting stronger… Watch the video below for more…
So, what do we need to focus on strengthening to jump higher?
“Big money” exercises that strengthen the muscles of the posterior chain:
-Deadlifts, deadlifts, deadlifts: stay in good positions and lift in a range of motion that allows you to maintain a neutral spine
-Squats and squat variations: front squats, back squats, box squats
-Exercises that promote explosive hip extension
+RDL’s (weight on heels, focus on pushing the HIPS back… do NOT squat)
+Kettlebell swings or dumbbell swings
+Pull throughs, hip thrusts, etc. etc. etc.
Focus on getting stronger at the movements above, and, if you’re REALLY weak, forget about jumping for awhile. You’ll thank me when you’ve added a few inches to that vertical without even jumping 🙂
Next time we’ll go over the actual exercises and even get into a few “ninja tactics” to get you closer to that elusive dunk. Subscribe in the box at right to make sure you don’t miss it!
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