There are many vertical jump training programs available nowadays.. but which one is the best and how can you get you the most out of it?
Read on to find out…
Whenever I have a certain problem that needs to be taken care of, I’ve adopted myself a philosophy of always looking for the best solution available and pick the one that fits me most.
So when I set out on a quest to increase my vertical I looked for the best vertical jump program that will give me maximum results.
Over the years I tried many training programs and various workouts to increase my jump, some of them worked more, some of them worked less and some were just total BS and a waste of my time & money.
Through my experience I’ve learned what are the important things that every serious vertical leap training routine should have in order to be effective, and after trying a lot of programs on the market I can confidently say that most of the stuff out there is just garbage.
However, sorting through all of the garbage there are a few good programs that are legit and thankfully I was lucky enough to find them.
I decided to share my thoughts with you about them so that you won’t have to waste so much time on trial & error like I did.
If you want to save yourself a lot of misery and frustration, keep reading!
Each one of the programs I mention below have their own merits and each of them has its own plus points as well as some weaknesses, but these are the best right now and you can’t go wrong when you choose one of them.
So here are my top 2 picks that gave me the best results so far:
1) Vert Shock
Voila! You probably didn’t expect this… but #1 on my list for the best jump training 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 by many athletes as the best vertical jump system today.
It was created by 2 very distinguished people; 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 ones on the planet. No 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, the biggest difference I saw with VS is that it focuses more on super advanced plyometrics and some great form and body hack techniques that 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 VS 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 that program.
For a lot of athletes (especially beginners) Vert Shock would be a great fit as there’s not a lot of strength training involved (good for those who can’t afford a gym too) 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.
But if you suffered from a serious trauma in the past and have a history with your knees/ankles, then you will want to include some strength training on top of VS’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 before VS because the workouts get pretty intense very quickly.
But if you haven’t had any trauma 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 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 42″ vertical after 7 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 jump and 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 in order 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 what program is my preferred choice 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 knee/ankle 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.
But 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.