Stability and Balance are 2 crucial aspects of vertical jump training that are rarely talked about.
In this article, we will discuss what they are, and why they are important.
I will also show you how to jump higher by improving your stability and balance.
I’m sure you’ve come across some athletes that can jump really high but cannot translate this advantage to their sport.
This is because they lack stability and balance, which results in poor coordination.
I play basketball, and I know several athletes who can jump high but are not coordinated enough to dunk.
Even if they can dunk, they miss their dunks most of the time.
On the other hand, I also know athletes who CAN’T jump that high, but can still dunk well.
This is because they have good stability, balance, and coordination.
Your body’s stability and balance are controlled by your stabilizer muscles.
These are “muscles within your muscles” that connect your joints to your muscles and enable them to coordinate/work together in syncrony.
There are many ways to train your stabilizer muscles.
Here are 4 of them:
1. Train with free weights
By training with free weights instead of using machines, you will train your stabilizer muscles.
This is because when you use machines (e.g. the smith machine for squats), the weight is supported by the machine and not you.
When you don’t use a machine, you have to balance the weight across your entire body, and this trains your stabilizer muscles.
This is why you can lift more weight when you use machines as opposed to when using free weights.
2. Balancing on a basketball
Balancing on a basketball is great way to strengthen your stabilizer muscles and jump higher.
Simply stand on top of a basketball with both feet and try to stay balanced on the ball for as long as possible.
3. Jumpsoles with proprioceptors
The proprioceptors that come with the Jumpsoles are a great way to strengthen your stabilizer muscles.
They are also a great tool for injury rehabilitation.
4. Wobble board training
Wobble boards are also great for strengthening your stabilizer muscles and rehabilitating injuries.
Stability and balance are very important in sports.
By strengthening your stabilizer muscles, you will be able to improve your balance, stability, and co-ordination.
This will help you increase your vertical leap and jump higher.
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