The History of Vertical Jump Exercises

In the 1960s and earlier, vertical jump exercises were boring and had no real direction.

In fact, what was used then were leg presses and resistance training to help jumpers  to increase their vertical jump.

While this did help a bit, the problem was that it didn’t address the issue of weight adjustment.

When a person jumps, he has to carry his weight and upon landing, he has to make sure that his legs, lower back, and ankles support him properly.

If not, he will end up on the floor, facing possible injury.

This led to a serious quest for vertical leap exercises that would address the specific needs of jumpers.

History will show that vertical jump exercises were first created for ski jumpers who needed to exercise during the freezing months.

Since they could not always work on the slopes, the trainers had to figure out ways to increase their vertical leap through indoors drills.

Today, there is a whole science to vertical jump exercises like plyometrics, resistance training, agility and stretching exercises, and proper diet.

You will find several interesting books and ebooks online that specifically target jumping skills.

These are skills used not just by ski jumpers, but also athletes in other sports like basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, baseball, and many other popular sports.

Even athletes that don’t need to jump (like boxers) use plyometrics and vertical jump exercises to improve their footwork and agility.

Some of the latest jump exercises involve quicksteps.

This is using tiny steps sideways to move faster, instead of moving forward and backward.

Other popular vertical leap exercises involves strengthening of the lower back and abdominal muscles.

With that being said, you need a way to filter out the nonsense drills from the genuine drills.

Following a good vertical jump program by a respected trainer is a good way to do this (e.g. the Jump Manual).

Some people can handle tougher drills than others, so it’s not just a matter of selecting what you may think will work for you, but basing it also on your current physical condition.

If you are unsure and you don’t want to get the opinion of someone from your local gym, then start conservatively.

You can always build up your routine as soon as your body gets used to the drills.

Finally, keep an open mind about adjusting your vertical jump exercises as new ideas and concepts on how to increase vertical jump are introduced.

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