How a 5’5″ Player Trained Himself to Dunk a Basketball

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  Tall basketball players certainly have a distinct advantage when it comes to dunking. Many of the legendary dunkers such as Vince Carter and Dominique Wilkins are all well over six feet tall.

However, being a shorter basketball player is no excuse for not being able to drive through the lane and throw down a monster slam.

Shorter NBA players such as Nate Robinson and Spud Webb have proved that vertically-challenged athletes are still capable of flying high above the rim. The keys to developing an impressive jumping ability are consistent training and perseverance.

The Story of Brandon Todd – A 5’5″ Dunker

Today I want show you a unique case of someone who was not willing to give up on his dream, despite his physical stature.

This is the story of a small guy from Ohio who just wanted to dunk a basketball.

Unfortunately at 5’5″ his height was a major road block in his way.

Nevertheless, Brandon Todd proved that there are no boundaries to what can be accomplished when true will is at hand.

Get ready for some inspiration.

The Quest for Dunking

Standing at a mere height of only 5 feet 5 inches tall, Brandon Todd always had dreams of slamming down a basketball through the rim. Obviously, his height was the main obstacles preventing him from reaching his goal.

After numerous failed attempts at dunking a basketball, Brandon questioned whether he would ever be able to successfully complete a dunk. Fortunately, he did not allow his past failures to continue to haunt him.

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Flying over the rim – Brandon Todd

As a testament to the benefits of an effective training regimen, Brandon can now consistently dunk a basketball on a regular basis.

I decided to post this story for you because I wanted you to see that it’s not impossible for you to dunk, even if you’re short.

When I had a hard time progressing with my training I started asking myself if I can even do it, and many times I even thought about quitting a;together.

But Brandon Todd was one of the figures that gave me motivation to keep going, to not let go of my dream, and to keep pushing towards that day where I’ll finally be able to dunk.

Brandon is certainly not a super human, he’s a classic case of how solid hard work pays off. He really gave me the confidence that I needed back in the days when I was still barely touching the rim.

But it was all worth it, because, for a change, I too can now say “I can do it“.

Thank you Brandon.

P.S. If you too want be able to say the same thing and achieve your dream of dunking, regardless of your height, I’ve put together a list of the best programs you could use for jumping higher and dunking.
 
These programs use the same type of complex training routines Todd was speaking about in the video and they are currently the most effective way for increasing the inches on your vertical jump.
 
They provide important information and lay down the path that will take your jumping ability to the next level, and by using these methods, you will have the opportunity to show the world that short guys too can deliver awe-inspiring dunks.

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40 Comments

  1. Very inspirational Jesse, so it seems this guy had to go the extra mile to be able to dunk.
    Guys, if you’re 5’9-10″ this really serves as a proof.

    • Brian Nicholson

      Thanks Jesse. Using vert shock helped me to finally slam dunk like a total badass! I was able to add 8 inches to my vertical jump in about two months!!

      I tried everything to increased my vertical before this and nothing else worked. Through the program I learned “targeted explosive plyometric training” to shock the central nervous system of the body into jumping higher. There were no heavy weight lifting exercises and it may have even helped my growth as I’m now half inch taller.

  2. Great share Jesse. There isn’t anything out there more inspiring than someone against all odds achieving their goal.

  3. Jonathan Kenley

    thanks for sharing this jesse, your vids have isnpired me so much.

  4. I watched this video 3 times in a row, simply incredible!

  5. he’s black so that’s not fair, lol…just kiddin, this is truly something…

  6. no more excuses.
    I gotta start training.

  7. What an incredible story. thank you for sharing this jesse.

  8. I truly identify with this guy,
    My friends joke about me all the time cause I’m small but this guy gives me motivation to prove to them I’m more then just my height.

  9. You are an inspiration man. Thank you!

  10. Awesome video, you showed that no matter how tall or small you are you can still achieve your goal no matter what it is. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Holy snap dude im 5’5 and i never believed i can do it but i have found insperation thank you jesse.

  12. Hey Jesse, I saw Five/Five on Yahoo Sports. I have watched it like 6 times. It is really inspirational and it really resonated with me. I grew up in Indiana and am under 6′ tall. I had a dunking fetish as well. Couldn’t stop trying to fly until I could dunk. Keep up the good work!

  13. Inspirational!

  14. Hey Jesse,
    What kind of powerlifting does he talk about?
    Can you go in to more details about it…?
    Thanks for showing this.

  15. “Your biggest hurdle isn’t your opponent, it’s yourself.”
    I like that, 10x jess.

  16. If this doesn’t inspire you to dunk, nothing will.

  17. Such an Inspiration!! Thank You!

  18. Just the message I needed to get back up….

  19. I am 6’1” (185cm) and still can’t dunk, lol shame on me, but this guy is really something…I salute him.
    I need to get on the program.

  20. Not just a great jumper but a great inspiration to those who see their height as a hurdle.

  21. Proof that you can do anything you put your mind to. being 5’11 I’ve got no excuses now!

  22. I’m a 14 year old from Iowa trying to learn how to dunk, I have almost a 24 inch vertical, this has inspired me much.

  23. So the weight training he did was Russian power lifting? this video is awesome man! I’m trying to dunk but it just seems like I don’t have the right method. I feel like I’m missing something with my training.

  24. Denis Mustacevic

    Good story. If he was looking for some inspiration, he should have looked up Spud Webb. Although, he was 5’7″ but he flew above the rim.

  25. Johnny Diamond

    another amazing story from those who just “don`t give up”….

  26. Thank you for this video jesse, great message!
    Very inspiring.

  27. cannon gavin jr

    thanks for sharing BRANDON i was dunking at 5ft.8 with 2 hands because i could not palm the ball.I use to lift weights,cycle,and wrestle. my vertical jump was 42in. that was very inspirational,you helped a lot of young kids!Practice explosive jumping i believed helped me also.CONGRATS AGAIN MY BROTHER!

  28. I’m 5’3″, 16, and developed jumpers knee from over training. Not looking good for me since the past year of training is going down the drain. Worst part is I can only do so little atm. I’ve been slowing down and trying to recover for a month now and its terrible.

    • Overtraining is the biggest reason for developing injuries and it’s something that threatens all ages.
      I feel you because I once suffered from a jumpers knee and it took me a lot of time to recover from it.
      That’s why it’s important to go with a program that follows a progressive overload approach and has a good foundation to help you stay in the right load/recovery ratio.

  29. Hi, i want to ask does vert shock need equipments such as box jumps? i have access to a gym but not boxjumps..thanks

    • Hey Jay,
      No, it doesn’t require you to have any equipment whatsoever, you just need some space and a soft surface like grass/playground to do the exercises.

      • Wow ty, you replied so fast! I’m 19 5’5 and can touch rim (not grab yet). I’ve gained 12 inch vert in 18 months and I’ve done jump manual for 12 weeks once before..do u think vert shock “can” still add inches to my vert even if I already did jump manual? id need another 10 inch to dunk :/

        • Yeah, you caught me exactly when replying to emails on my inbox, thus the fast comment…
          Well it’s hard to say because it depends on your max potential and if you’ve reached your peak yet.
          In terms of age you’ve got nothing to worry, 19 is just a kid for this kind of stuff, but every athlete has a certain capacity that sort of determines the boundaries of how hard you can push it.
          What’s your current vertical?

  30. Hey Jesse you know what?
    I can do it
    5’5 13 y/o

  31. Got seriously pumped just from watching this, even though I’m not 5’5 and I’m actually closer to 6’1 I still think sometimes that it’s hard, but this video gives me perspective.

  32. I’m 5’8 and I dunk 10ft but this really inspired me
    I bet in a while I’ll be dunking 50ft lol

  33. I’m a 5’5 female who’s 16 and my dream is to become a really good basketball player so I could get a good scholarship, this definitely motivates me to get better and improve my vertical.

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