How to Jump Higher in Basketball and Dunk Like Michael Jordan

69Do you want to learn how to jump higher in basketball and dunk like Michael Jordan? If your answer is a yes, this is the right article for you because you are about to discover the 3 secrets how you can improve your vertical jumping skill almost immediately.

Jumping is one of the most important elements in most sports. If you can leap higher, you will have a better chance of performing the super moves like what sports superstars always do. Here are the 3 secrets how to jump higher in basketball…

1. First, condition your mind and tell yourself that you can do it. You need to have the confident and believe that it is possible for you to do so. Sometimes you will come across someone who is shorter than you but he can jump higher than you. This shows that your physical body is just one part of the equation. You need to have the confident, the “form” to perform at your maximum potential.

2. Diet and recovery is one of the most important exercises to jump higher that most people miss. Did you know that most of your muscles are not build up during your workout? Most of your muscles build up during the recovery process and yet, so many people underestimate the process of proper diet and recovery and that is why they fail to jump higher.

3. Finally, this is the hot topic, what kind of exercises should you take to train your body and muscles? If you are serious to learn how to jump higher in basketball, you will need a whole body workout. You need to train from your leg until your head. Your legs are essential for you to jump higher, but your upper body also adds in effect and momentum during your jump.

The thing that is happening to most people is that they do not know what kind of proper training and diet they need to take. This is where you need a proven program that will help you to improve your vertical jump. And always remember this, if you are not following the correct guideline to train your body, you are spoiling your body and you may even deteriorate your health.

Dirt Jump Bikes – A Basic Introduction

68Dirt jump biking is a sport which has been relatively small until recently where a rise in both mountain biking and BMX has caused this hybrid of the two to really come into its own. It combines the fitness and determination needed to be a successful mountain biker and the skill and guts of a bmx rider to create a whole new phenomenon.

Dirt jump bikes are similar to normal mountain bikes in the basic design and build however they usually come with just suspension on the front and none on the rear. They are given the purpose of taking huge hits and falls which also means they have to be constructed tougher and therefore are often heavier than bikes used for racing. BMX bikes are also used when dirt jumping but the phrase ‘dirt jump bikes’ usually refers to the hard-tails.

At tournament level dirt jumping is a freestyle discipline where certain tricks and moves are performed whilst soaring through mid air and judged on difficulty, creativity and execution. Street riding is popular with a lot of people which refers to tricks being carried out in everyday places and using everyday outdoor objects. This could be jumping around on concrete slabs or riding down metal poles etc. This type of riding is easy to compare with trials riding where the bikes used are far more petite and of a lighter weight as street tricks are their only purpose.

The majority of bikes which have been made for specifically dirt jumping, have frames with the upper tube sloping towards the seat for more movement whilst performing tricks; have low travel forks; a small gear set and 24″ to 26″ wheels. As with most biking sports, it is also not uncommon to see various alternative bikes and customizations as it really comes down to what makes the rider feel comfortable when on their bike.

Jamie is an avid sports fan whom enjoys writing about various sports which have interested him throughout his life.

Is the Newest “Extreme” Sport Extremely Dangerous?

67Are jumping stilts – the newest extreme sports equipment – extremely dangerous? One look at these radical new kinds of stilts will give any parent a twinge of fear for their “baby,” that’s almost a given. “Not my kid!” can be a pretty typical parental reaction after seeing jumping stilts for the first time. Anything that has a person standing 18 inches taller on what look like very small “hooves” on the end of very long springs just can’t be safe, right? And any parent doing holiday present Google research to find out what Johnny meant by “jumping stilts!” on his yes-I-really-was-a-good-boy list will find those wacky YouTube videos of crazy young people flipping, flying, and bouncing through the urban landscape like crazed maniacs while wearing no helmets, pads, or even shirts!

So, seriously, who could believe that this wild new extreme sport is safe at all?

It turns out, oh nervous parent, that the extreme look of jumping stilts does not translate into extreme danger. Yes, you may breathe a sigh of relief now… whew…

Here’s why: The inventor, German aerospace engineer Alexander Boeck, thought long and hard about the design of these crazy-looking stilts, and he engineered them so that when you’re strapped into them and standing tall, the stilt hooves are directly below your natural center of gravity. That turns out to be much better than even those silly regular stilts we all tried out as kids which made you feel wobbly because your center of gravity was to the inside of the stilt, which made it awkward to walk on. Most people who try jumping stilts find that surprisingly quickly they feel very comfortable and balanced on their stilts.

But, says the worried parent, what about the fact that my child can now go bouncing off down the road anywhere and since he or she can now jump up to six feet high – well, that’s a long way to fall?

Fair point, dear parent, and this is why every expert in the sport says “wear your safety gear, no exceptions!” and “never try tricks on stilts that you haven’t tried in a gym!” In fact, most bockers (what jumping stilts users call themselves in honor of the inventor) will tell you is that their safety gear – a helmet, as well as wrist, elbow and knee guards – has saved them from scrapes and bruises more than once, and they wouldn’t go bocking without them. They also know to learn their tricks without stilts first – on a trampoline or on a gymnastics spring floor – and even then, to use mats when they first try those same new tricks on stilts.

Think back about 25 years, do you remember how insane snowboarding seemed? Do you notice how normal it appears to be now? Hmm… could it just be that new sports always seem more dangerous just because they are new?

Do injuries happen to bockers? Honestly, yes, and usually, it’s because they were pushing their limits (and knew it) or didn’t put on their safety gear. Gravity will always win if you try to cheat. The bottom line is that – just as in any extreme sport – the equipment itself is no more dangerous than a baby bunny rabbit. It’s how you use the equipment that determines the level of danger and potential injury, and with proper protective equipment and by following some common sense rules, Johnny will be safe as can be as he experiences the thrill of the world as a trampoline on his new bocks that he got as his holiday present this year.

Benefits of Vertical Jump Training: What’s the Point?

66Let’s face it, every athlete – professional or recreational – has a desire to jump higher, to dunk the basketball, to dominate in volleyball. We all harness this ultimate dream of flying “like Mike” or dunking “like Kobe.” Heck, some of us are willing to go beyond the dream phase and actually train to increase our vertical jump. If you’re reading this, chances are you have already made that decision.

But why should you even bother? What are the benefits of vertical jump training? Why step out of the comfort zone and do something uncomfortable just to increase your “vert”?

Because vertical jump training has HUGE benefits that go beyond a childhood dream of being a slam-dunk champion.

Here are some of the benefits of vertical jump training and why you should train for it:

1 – A measuring tool for overall athleticism in ALL sports. A strong vertical jump is not just about jumping higher. It also translates to overall athleticism in sports that require strength, speed, and power: basketball, volleyball, soccer, hockey, football, etc. So what exactly does that mean? It means that you have the ability to take your strength and use it efficiently. This is important for ALL sports. This is why bodybuilders and powerlifters are not necessarily “athletic.” They may possess great strength, but can they use it efficiently?

Did you know? The vertical jump test is one of several tests used by the NFL on athletes in the NFL combines. While it might not be totally obvious that jumping is important in the game of football, still the vertical jump of all athletes is tested to determine their athletic ability because it translates to better performance on the field. Scouts can use the vertical jump as a measurement of the players’ explosiveness.

2 – Gain a significant edge over the competition and dominate. Next time you’re playing your sport, take a good look at the players you play with (or against). How many of them actually dedicate special training towards increasing vertical jump? How many are willing to make the time and extra effort to gain more inches in their vertical? Chances are pretty good that it’s not many. Use that as a separating factor. This is your secret weapon. This is what differentiates a good player from a great one.

3 – Creates mental toughness; something needed by any successful athlete. Training to improve your vertical requires great willpower. Nobody told you to do this. You decided for yourself. YOU decide to train. YOU decide when to train. YOU decide how hard to train. YOU decide to succeed (or fail). When you step out on the court, or on the pitch, no one knows about your vertical jump training. Only you (and your coach) do. This is mental toughness.

4 – Test yourself physically and mentally. If you’re ultra-competitive like I am, you don’t wait for challenges to come to you. Instead, you tackle them head-on just to be able to “test yourself.” What does this mean? It means to test your boundaries and determine exactly what you’re capable of achieving. VJ training is physically and mentally demanding work, so if you’re able to stick with it, you’ll be genuinely surprised at what you can do.

So as you can see, vertical jump training has many beneficial “byproducts” that will go a long way in helping you perform better in your sport. Don’t be surprised to discover new athletic capabilities that you didn’t plan for!

Improve Your Vertical Jumping Workouts to Succeed in Sports

65In sports, your success depends on your ability to jump and if you want to improve your potential in your sport then you have to improve your vertical jumping workouts. Whether you play football, basketball, volleyball or in track there are always best ways to improve your vertical jumping to maximize your performance. One of the ways to improve is to try and built your strength of your leg muscles so you can add more force to your jump. Improve the strength of quads, hamstrings, and calf and the strength of your entire body. Whenever engaged in strength training always ensure that you take necessary precautions.

You have to try and stick to the desired number of repetition. In case you work out more than the desired number then it could prove to be dangerous. You just never want to end up being injured when improving your vertical jump. You can try performing squat exercises along with calf raising exercises to improve your jump. There are also a number of professionals who chose to hold weight when performing these to gain better results. Besides building strength it is important that you perform a number of stretching exercises to increase the flexibility of your body. You have to make your calf, Achilles and hamstrings more flexible for vertical jump. Developing flexibility also protects your body from being injured when jumping vertical and adds more force to your jump. You can also try to build strength and speed by plyometrics.