You must learn to jump higher to dunk a basketball. That's what the pros have learned, and you can too - with a little training, repetition and dedication.
There's nothing more exciting than watching Lebron James fly down the court and slam dunk another 2 points. The crowd goes wild - and you look on in awe. How can a person jump so high?
Ever since Wilt Chamberlain slam dunked on an experimental 12 foot hoop in the 1950's, slam dunking a basketball has always been a huge crowd pleader during basketball games. But the question remains - how can they jump so high?
Basketball stars like Michael Jordan know that the outcome of a close game can be determined by expertly placed slam dunks. That's why today's basketball stars are working to perfect the perfect dunk - to win crucial games, and to please fans.But, , how do they jump so high?
The expert vertical leap is a learned and developed skill - a skill that takes practice, patience, stamina and discipline. When you rise in your seat to watch your favorite player leap towards the sky for another two-pointer, you never get to see the hours and hours of practice, training and the sacrifice he makes just to be able to jump so high.
How to Jump
This seems like a very basic skill - you've been jumping since you could walk - right? You just crouch down, and try to touch the sky. But, there's more to it - much more. Agility ,strength of leg muscle group and the knowledge to put all the parts to work.
And, don't forget practice and dedication. What it all boils down to is the ability to apply more force to the ground to propel a player higher into the air.
For a great start to jump training, I have a few tips that can get you started on your own high-jumping career.
Learn Essential Leg Exercises
It is absolutely essential that you learn the right leg exercises that can improve your jump skills. And, you must perform these exercises every single day if you really want to master that slam dunk. You're not only training your muscles to be stronger, you're training your reaction time and the stretch reflex receptors.
Remember - you must train at the maximum intensity if you want to improve your vertical explosion
Work Those Calves!
Calf Development. Stand firmly on a lever surface, about 12 - 18 inches from a wall. Then stand on your toes, using the wall for stability (if needed). Repeat at 8 - 12 reps, 3 sets (do this exercise 8 - 12 times, rest a minute, then do it again - 2 more times).
Remember The Jump Rope?
Start working out with a jump rope. Not only will this exercise strengthen muscles, it can improve coordination and reflex time. 15 to 30 minutes per day with a jump rope can do wonders.
Plain Old Jogging - The Basics
Jogging will improve your endurance, but you must run at least 5 times a week for maximum benefit. Good cardiovascular health is a must in any sport. Before that slam-dunk, you'll have to outrun the other team to the goal - first!
Use Good Equipment
If you think you can cheap out on equipment and still be a star jumper - then you need to learn a thing or two. A good pair of basketball shoes can provide your feet with the proper support for great vertical leaps - and the landing that comes afterwords. If your cheap shoes cause damage to crucial parts of your feet, then your dunking career is over, as injuries to high-performance feet are difficult to recover from.
You don't need to go wild with expense - get the best value for your money with a good pair of shoes.
If you start with the basics like having proper equipment (re: shoes), strengthen your body and improve your reaction and your stretch reflex, then the chances are good that your vertical leap will get better - much better - as you make practice a part of your life.