How To Jump Higher By Strengthening Your Stabilizer Muscles

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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7 Responses to “How To Jump Higher By Strengthening Your Stabilizer Muscles”

  1. Trevor Doge Says:

    Hey, thanks for telling me about stbilizer muscles, your a great asset to helping me become a great jumper without making mistakes along the way, I have never tried to balence on a basketball as an exercise but I have a feeling it will be a really easy way to get a good work out.

    I wanna dunk s0o0o0 bad!!!!! I can dunk a tenis ball!


  2. Terence hickey Says:

    Thanks for all of the info man im finally getting close to dunking i just cant put the ball over the rim. But with this info im gonna keep working out and eventually dunk and send yall a video of me


  3. Dray Says:

    I can just barely get the bottom of the rim.(Im 5’6 in jr. high) I want to dunk. I want to do this but i have the worst balence anyone could have.


  4. Ali qaiser Says:

    Hey I heard that if you get on a ledge and excersise your calf muscles that works to, and when you do the the ball balancing to you want to hold on something or do it without holding something? Thank you!!!!


  5. Sekou Says:

    I’m going to get right on this, Iget back to you in 6wks until then I’ll continue to read and respond to your articals.


  6. Jeremy Says:

    Thanks for all the info. it’s really helpful. I wanted to know more about these “JumpSoles”? Also once you’re able to balance yourself well on a basketball, what are somethings you can do to challenge yourself so the exercise still profits you something, ya kno?


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