There are many vertical jump training programs available nowadays.. but which one is the best? And which one will work for you?
Stay tuned as I share with you my Top 2 jump programs for increasing your vertical leap and help you decide which one would be the best for you.
My Jump Training Journey
Whenever I’m faced in a situation in life where I need to choose between multiple options, I’ve adopted myself a philosophy of always looking for the best possible solution and pick the one that fits me most.
So when I set out on a quest to increase my vertical, I looked for a program that would give me maximum results in the least amount of time.
Over the years I tried many different programs and workouts such as Air Alert Program, Vertical Jump Bible, BoingVert and many more. Some of them worked more, some of them worked less. There were even a few that were total BS and a complete waste of my time (and money).
The fact is, it took me a long time and lots of trial & error until I found something that works.
So as you can see I went through a lot of misery and frustration in my quest to dunk.
But something good came out of all the grief…
Through my experience I’ve learned to identify the difference between a good program and a crappy program just by looking at it, and I learned about the core components a program should have in order to be effective.
After trying a lot of programs on the market, I can confidently tell you that most of the stuff out there falls within the range of mediocre to garbage.
However, sorting through all of the garbage, a few good programs have emerged, and thankfully, I was lucky enough to find them.
The Best Jump Programs
Each one of these programs I’m about to show you has its own merits and strengths, as well as its weaknesses, but these are the best in the business right now and if you follow these then you’re in good hands.
So without further ado, here are the top 2 vertical jump programs that gave me the best results so far:
1) Vert Shock
Voila! You probably didn’t expect this… but the #1 spot on my list for the best jump program goes to Vert Shock.
Vert Shock is a relatively new program, it was launched earlier this year with a big buzz and already it’s making waves and considered to be the best vertical jump system by most people.
It was created by two very distinguished figures; Adam Folker which is a pro basketball player, and Justin ‘Jus Fly’ Darlington, which is one of my favorite dunkers and actually one of the best on the planet. Seriously.. he’s that good!
Vert Shock is new and innovative and it’s very different from most programs out there. A lot of the principles used in this program are the same, but the big difference I saw with it is that it focuses more on super advanced plyometrics and some great form and body hack techniques which I’ve never seen before.
For this reason, most of the people who tried it claim it’s one of the easiest programs they ever did. That doesn’t mean it’s easy though, you’ll still have to put in a lot of work to earn that dunk, but compared to other programs I’ve trained with, I’d say Vert Shock is indeed on the easier side of the spectrum.
I’ve made an extensive review of Vert Shock here, where I break down all the ins and outs of the program. Definitely check that out if you’re considering doing this program.
For a lot of athletes (especially beginners) Vert Shock would be a great fit as there’s no strength training involved (good for those who can’t afford a gym) and it’s also less time consuming in terms of the workouts and length of the program (more rest periods and days off).
The downside is that the program is super intense and it could be hard on your knees if you’re not in a tip-top condition.
In most cases it’s not something you should worry about though.
But if you suffered from a traumatic injury in the past and have a history with your knees/ankles, then you will want to include some strength training on top of Vert Shock’s routine in order to handle all the loads and to better support your joints.
In this case I’d go even a step further and start the strength regimen 2-4 weeks prior to doing the program because the workouts get quite intense pretty quickly.
But if you haven’t had any past issues and you got healthy legs, then you can go ahead and jump straight into this program.
Here’s a video that explains in more detail how Vert Shock works:
All in all I was very impressed with this program and the way it is structured. It was written by a professional basketball player and a pro dunker (Adam Folker and Justin ‘Jus Fly’) and they made a quality program that is modern and innovative.
2) Jump Manual
The Jump Manual by Jacob Hiller is my #2 pick. Even though the program is a bit old, it is still very relevant today and is still one of the most effective ways for increasing your vertical jump.
I found out about this program just 2 years ago and the timing couldn’t be better, it was just before I was about to give up on jumping and forsake my dunking dreams that I found this program and decided to give it a try.
…and I’m glad I did because The Jump Manual was the first thing that has finally taken my vertical beyond 30 inches. I started with a lame 25″ vertical and finished with a sick 41.7″ vertical after 7.5 months of blood, sweat & tears and CRAZY HARDCORE NONSTOP training!
But it paid off hugely.
Just look at my results with The Jump Manual and tell me if it’s not something that sparks up your imagination.
But there’s a reason as to why this program works so well…
Jump Manual has a unique multi-faceted approach that squeezes every bit of an ounce from the training to maximize your results and help you reach your full explosive potential.
The author, coach Jacob Hiller, also kept evolving the program and perfecting it over time by following new scientific studies and ongoing research to further improve his system and concentrate on the stuff that is most crucial when it comes to increasing your vertical jump.
Here’s an interview he did on ESPN where he talks about the program and why so many people succeed with it…
And here’s a good video by Jacob Hiller that explains how the program works:
Jump Manual is one of the most polished and professional programs I ever came across, it gave me the best results at that time, in the least amount of time. If I had to choose today what vertical program to go with, I’d probably still choose The Jump Manual (but that’s just because I’m old too :)).
Vert Shock Vs Jump Manual
So you might come out scratching your head now as to which program I prefer between the two.
I’ll make this easy for you to understand.
If you’re under 25 and you’re in good shape with no history of any legs/back issues, then go with Vert Shock. It’ll be a little shock for your body but it will give you the fastest results in the least amount of time.
However, if you’re a bit old like me (hate to admit it) or have a history with injuries, it’s better to go with The Jump Manual since the process is more gradual and, generally speaking, safer.
So there you have it guys, these are my top 2 picks for a vertical jump program and this comes from my own experience. These 2 programs were both tested and proven to work, for me and my teammates, and I can confidently say that these 2 are the best in the game right now.