Regardless of whether you’re training to make that one critical jump shot at the end of the basketball game, or simply for your own self-improvement, vertical jump workouts are an excellent way to keep in shape, and add height to your jump. This article will describe three main workouts you can use to increase your jump in time for the next big game.
An example of vertical jumping awesomeness:
The first exercise you should incorporate is the box squat. This is an excellent first choice, as the box squat focuses on strengthening both your leg muscles and your hamstrings. The hamstrings are an essential component to the vertical jump, as they give the tension and springy release you need to make the maneuver successful.
The next exercise you should focus on is the hip flexor stretch. Keeping your hip flexors limber and strong is invaluable to those who vertical jump. Your hips are the solid foundation through which everything happens, and as such, keeping a strong foundation is critical. Stretching those hip flexors will allow them to take the stress of repeated impact as you practice and perform.
Depth jumps are the final exercise you should use to practice your vertical jump. Because they are so uncommon, a bit of an explanation is required. A depth jump occurs when you step off a shallowly raised platform, and explode upward in a jump as soon as you land. This is a superb exercise to condition the entire body to vertical jumps, and will acclimate your muscles to shock and rapid movement you’ll need to keep the edge. Do the previous two exercises first to warm up for this one.
Who is the all time stud and why are we talking about them today. 007 and James Bond has been a part of our culture for many years. As men we envy their bodies and the incredibly hard work that they put into the gym.
Let’s look at the list:
The Original James Bond – First we have Sean Connery who at the time was a very good looking man but let’s face the facts, his body was nothing worth talking about. In fact, I wouldn’t even say that he was in that great of shape.
His most defining physical features were mainly attributed to his facial features instead of his actual body. But overall he had a good physique and looked like he hit the gym a couple times per week.
The Classic one – Next on the list we have Pierce Brosnan who had a great body. The reason that Brosnan had such a great body was because of his broad shoulders and slim waist. When your body is structured in this manner, it gives off a much better look.
The absolute badass – And lastly we have Daniel Craig who is arguably the fittest of all the actors who played James Bond. In fact, after the film released, it started a trend where millions of men would begin to try and look like Daniel Craig because of his low body fat percentage and lean muscles.
The myth. The legend. The dreaded Freshman 15. You have all probably head about the Freshman 15, the 15 pounds of unwanted weight gain that first-year college students often experience. While 15 pounds may seem like a bit of an exaggeration(most of my first-year classmates seemed to put on no more than 5-10 pounds), it still happens.
What confuses me the most is why don’t first-year college students take advantage of their first-year of college and try to purposely gain the Freshman 15, and by Freshman 15, I mean 15 pounds of muscle.
This is completely doable for men, and for women too if they desire. Just think about it, you enter college with free admission to the gym(which are typically better than most commercial gyms), and a meal plan which typically grants you access to an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Access to gym + Daily access to buffet + No Parents = No reason to NOT gain 15 pounds of muscle in 1 year.
Seriously, I don’t why more guys at my school aren’t ripped. When I first entered college, I already gained about 20 pounds during my high school years, but I don’t understand why more guys don’t use this environment to their advantage.
I understand its harder to lose weight in college, but for muscle gain, it should be a piece of cake. I know you all have to do is structure a decent training program and make sure you’re getting enough calories and sleep. It’s that simple, but the same skinny guys I knew my first year are still skinny because they didn’t take advantage of their environment.
How did you guys do during college? Muscle gain? Fat Loss? Let me know below?