Jump Training and Plyometrics

The Complete How To Guide

To maximize your vertical jump, the principle of training specificity suggests that you should be getting out and doing some jumping, i.e. plyometrics. Unfortunately, to get maximum results isn’t as simple as just going to the nearest park and jumping up and down. The act of jumping is very taxing on your joints, muscles and central nervous system and as such, you need to carefully plan and monitor this type of training accordingly.

Unfortunately many trainers and coaches haven’t fully understood the impact plyometrics has on an athlete and as a result it has over the years received a bad reputation. To help you avoid the negative results of incorrectly applying plyometrics to your training, and to get the positive results out of your time and effort, we have prepared a number of detailed articles that go over the key points on this form of training.

Part 1: Plyometric Theory covers exactly what plyometrics exercises is, what it does, and how this can help you to jump higher. 

Part 2: A guide to the Application of Plyometric Principles goes into greater detail in determining exercises selection, the best environment for training such as surface choice, rest periods between sessions, rest periods between sets, how much volume should you use per session, how high should you be doing box jumps from (if at all), safety precautions and so forth.

Also covered in detail are some less well known workout methods that can be used to increase your vertical jump. These include water or pool training, and low impact training.

These two methods of exercises are less shocking to your body and as such have much quicker recovery times. Here is below for more information. 

Water Based or Pool Plyometrics 

Low Impact Training 

Plyometrics is just one piece of the workout puzzle when it comes to improving your vertical jump. But it is an important piece. If you read through the information provided in the articles and incorporate it into your exercise correctly you will be the envy of your fellow athletes in no time.