You now hopefully realize that there’s a lot more to the vertical leap than you formerly believed. This should likewise enable you to understand that there’s far more to the training than you most likely formerly thought. It’s not just about using some funny-looking shoes that claim to work magic for your vertical leap. There is definitely a science to the kind of training. There’s also a reason and intention why each exercise in this segment was decided on. It’s now time for the fun material! Here’s one of the exercises to get you started.
Static Hip Flexor Stretch – Generally speaking, we’re not really big fans of fixed stretching, specifically just before executing intense exercises. This specific stretching is a major exception. Do this. Execute a vertical leap and keep track of the height. Then, static stretch out your hip flexors – 2 sets of half a minute both legs. Really stretch them! Stretch like you’re doing this to tear that hip flexor from the bone, baby! Don’t just go through the motions! Now jump all over again. It’s likely that you’ll leap ½” – 2” higher, by simply static stretching the hip flexors. Why is this, you say? We’ll tell you. The truth is, many athletes have super-tight hip flexors. Whenever you jump, tight hip flexors create a lots of rubbing, preventing you from fully extending from the hip, in addition to reaching as high as you’ll be able to. By simply static stretching them right before you jump, you not only stretch them out, but will also “put them to sleep” do to the lengthy, slow stretch. This causes significantly less rubbing at the hip as you jump. This leads to higher jumps. You will be impressed by how well this will work. (In addition, the hip flexors would be the only muscles you would ever need to static stretch just before jumping.) It’s also advisable for sports athletes to get in the habit of stretching their hip flexors daily, not merely prior to jumping. It will help to improve your stride length when you run, and in addition prevent hamstring pulls and low-back discomfort.