What's going on guys, welcome back with me Alan from berzingues.over-blog.com. Vertical jumps are measurements of a key athletic ability that can be a strategic advantage in the game being played. Volleyball athletes, football players, basketball players and even triathlon athletes can make good use of a good height in their jump. The secret behind a high vertical jump is speed and strength. The muscles in the legs must be worked out consistently to be able to spring into action when needed. There are no shortcuts to developing muscle power. The only way to pull it off is to work twice as hard as everybody else and before you even know it you are jumping higher than the rest.
There is a principle that you need to understand first in building up your legs to have that explosive power. There are two groups of muscles working in your feet. These are acting opposite to one another, as the other contracts, the other one also stretches out. Just like how your muscles in your arms work, between the biceps and the triceps.
If you are only build up one group of the muscles without working on the other group, you can only jump as high because you are not maximizing what these muscles can do for you. Your quad muscles and calf muscles are the primary muscles that can spring you up in the air. But your shin muscles must also be strengthened so that it can catch on to the pressure when the primary muscles contracts. If you fail to do this, the body will regulate just how high you can jump, if it will not do that the support muscles will just snap. That is not good at all.
There are a series of plyometric workouts that you can do regularly over the week. But be sure to take some rest. Never overdo the exercise routine as your muscles will have no time to repair its own and therefore build strength. Some examples of the exercises you can use is depth vertical jumps, squat hops, step ups, and burn outs. And then you can also do the reverse exercises like the reverse toe raise and backward sprints.