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How to Improve Your Vertical Jump

A very common dream these days is to have a 40" vertical jump. Being able to do acrobatic dunks and soar for rebounds just makes playing basketball more exciting. Achieving a 40" vertical will take a lot of hard work and dedication. I will show you how to put together a program that will help you jump higher.

The first thing that you will need to do is build strength in your legs. Exercises like squats, deadlifts, and glute-ham raises will accomplish this. You will want to do about 3 sets of 5 reps on these exercises. You will also want to do some Olympic lifts. I would recommend doing cleans or snatches. Only perform these lifts if you know the proper form, as you can easily get injured if you do them incorrectly. Plyometrics is the last form of training that I would recommend. There are many different plyometric exercises you can do, but I think that Depth Jumps are the best way to go.

If you put together the strength training, the Olympic lifts, and the plyometrics, you should be able to increase your vertical jump by 4-6 inches if you stick with it for about 5-6 weeks.

One last thing you can do is to stretch your hip flexors. Stretch them out as much as possible before and after you workout. If you need more description of the exercises, visit www.bodybuilding.com/fun/exercises.php

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Kevin Shaw