Want a Vertical Leap Like Lebron James? Then Check Out This Workout Routine.

Brayden FisherNov 04, 2009 | edited Nov 04, 2009 - by @BraydenFisher

At 41 inches, Lebron James Vertical Leap is one of the best in the NBA. His vertical jump helps him pull down rebounds, block shots, and dunk over his competition. It pretty much makes the game of basketball a little easier overall. Now I can't tell you that I can have you dunking like Lebron James, but if you are willing to put in a little hard work and use the right training program, you CAN significantly increase your vertical.

If you want to increase your vertical leap then you need to strengthen the muscles used to propel you into the air. So which muscles do we want to focus on? We will get the most benefit from the quads, hamstrings and calves. These muscles are responsible for about 80% of your power when jumping.

The exercises I have below will not only strengthen these muscles but they will help you increase your vertical as well. So let's take a look at them:

Heavy Squats – This is BY FAR the best overall exercise you can do for your vertical jump. It hits every muscle group that we are focusing on. Notice I said “Heavy” squats. When performing this exercise you should not be able to do more than 8 reps per set.

Pausing Jump Squats – This exercise will allow you to mix up your routine a bit. Use a weight that is about 25 percent of your max. Squat down until your thighs are parallel to the ground and then hold this position for 3 seconds. Now, EXPLODE UP and jump as high as you can. Do 3 sets of 8.

Sprints – Doing 50 and 100 yard sprints are the perfect exercise to improve your top speed, explosion, and your vertical leap. A few times a week you should do 3 to 5 sets of sprints at full speed.

An area that is often overlooked when trying to improve your vertical jump is your jumping technique. Just by implementing the correct form you can see an immediate increase of 2-4 inches. I know this from experience because this is an area that I had to focus on. For more information on the proper jumping technique visit the links I have below.

Would you like more information on Lebron James Vertical and how you can increase YOUR vertical leap? Then head over to Brayden Fisher's site at www.40inchvertical.net for the best exercises and workouts.

Verticle Leap Author Jul 20, 2010

I agree with your assessment that squats with low reps and heavy weight will do the most to increase your strength. Those heavy weights are what develop the real power.

edited Jul 20, 2010 - by @VerticleLeap29267
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