For athletes playing sports like basketball and volleyball, how high a player can jump can give them the edge in their sport. Whether a person is just a casual weekend athlete or a professional, anyone’s game can benefit by adding inches to their jumping capabilities.
Since 2004, Jacob Hiller has been using his creation, the Jump Manual, to enable amateur and professional athletes alike to add inches to their jumps. Since his program’s inception, he has moved to the online delivery of an e-book and personalized support, claiming that if his customers follow his program of training and nutrition faithfully, they can add as many as ten inches to their vertical in as little as twelve weeks.
Hiller has trained Olympians and NBA professionals alike, and there are plenty of testimonials offered on his site from everyone from high school students to professional athletes. He has appeared in Men’s Health, Fade Away, and on ESPN as an expert in his field.
For those athletes dedicated to their game, he notes that it can be very frustrating and discouraging when you are trying to achieve greater height in your jumps. There are plenty of coaches and experts available who provide inappropriate or wrong advice that lead to frustrated efforts to achieve.
The secret to the regimen is muscle quickness, not through muscle endurance training but through a method Hiller refers to as explosion training. Rather than long drawn-out workouts where the athlete does multiple repetitive exercises, the Jump Manual focuses instead on specifically targeted, aggressive exercises in improvement zones that focus exclusively on strength and quickness during muscle contraction.
By repetitively jumping in an endurance program, you would be training yourself to jump below your maximum potential. Through utilizing Hiller’s method of promoting strength and quickness, you jump to maximize your potential, not through repetition to the point of exhaustion. It is a demanding regimen that pushes boundaries, but when applied correctly can deliver the results promised.
A good analogy for comparing explosion training to endurance training is that of a sprinter versus a marathon runner. In comparing these two very different sports, the demands of their races and the physiques of these athletes differ widely. Their training regimen should differ also. Clearly, the marathoner would benefit from endurance training in a way that the sprinter could not.
One vital aspect of the program that is emphasized heavily is proper nutrition. Proper nutrition as promoted in the manual promotes health and prevents illness and injury. Plus, a program that emphasizes muscle development requires proper nutrition to aid in muscle growth. Without the fuel to generate the muscle required, the jump capacity would not increase the way the program intended.
All in all, paired with online support, the manual is an excellent way to improve your jumping capacity, whether you’re looking for an edge in a casual game or you’re someone already playing close to your potential.