How To Train Your Vertical Leap In-Season

Today’s question is how to train your vertical leap during your regular season…

…when you don’t feel like you have enough time to do the exercises…

…or more importantly… to RECOVER properly from those exercises.

There’s a couple things to keep in mind:

First, this is about “training economy”.

Meaning, how much time you have to train, and how much time you have to recover.

You should be prioritizing your performance in your actual sport…

So you need to be prioritizing the actual games that you have…

You don’t want to be fatigued or sore during those games and sometimes even your practices…

And if you want to continue making gains on your strength, your athleticism your explosiveness all season long…

Second, you need to make sure that you’re doing one of these three types of exercises every week:

1. Something for your strength… especially in your weak points

2. Something for your central nervous system (to become more explosive)

And…

3. Something for your technique

So you need to do one thing at least from each of those 3 areas…

That’s your minimum each week when training your vertical leap.

Those 3 areas are what I call “The Big 3” of vertical jump training.

Probably the most important thing to do is to be tracking your performance on a daily basis.

Because when you can see your vertical leap performance (specifically your max vertical leaps and other strength indicators)…

And your vertical leap drops and doesn’t come back up…

You’ll know that you’re not getting enough recovery time

Or…

You’ll notice that you’re getting weaker and not stronger…

And you can adjust your training economy accordingly so that you can get more recovery, etc.

Each person is going to have different capacities for exercise so it’s going to be different for each individual.

Also, keep in mind that your practices could be more taxing than other people’s practices…

Some coaches can run you guys into the ground…

They can take you to the weight room or have you doing all kinds of things that can really make it difficult to add to your training economy…

What to focus on:

So, first thing is to prioritize your performance and your practices…

Second is to make sure you do one thing to improve your technique…

One thing to improve your strength…

And one thing for your central nervous system… each week.

And then make sure you’re tracking your progress indicators to see if you’re not getting enough recovery time…

Then you can add to that minimum as needed.

If you’re already a Jump Manual user… in our support area you’re going to be able to find more information about how to train in-season…

Because it’s important not only to maintain your gains…

But to continue increasing and making progress on your gains during your season.

So, if you haven’t already… you are welcome to download our best vertical jump exercise

…to start training on something that’s actually going to start getting you results.

And that will also allow you to start understanding how to increase your performance…

…specifically in the vertical leap…

And all things explosive movements…

Here’s the link for that exercise.

Talk to you guys soon.

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Jacob Hiller is considered one of the most sought after vertical jump trainers in the world. He has been sought out by organizations such as ESPN, Men's Health, Fadeaway Magazine and others to learn his methods. Jacob has trained athletes in over 43 different countries around the world at Amateur, Collegiate, Professional, NBA and Olympic levels.