Why improving your Vertical Jump Doesn’t improve your Dunk

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        Eric Broadbent on #121641

        There are tons of misconceptions in the athletic world but one of the one’s that really bugs me is all the hype around improving your standing vertica[See the full post at: Why improving your Vertical Jump Doesn’t improve your Dunk]

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        Eric Broadbent on #186640

        https://www.dunknow.com/?gclid=CMbHsrXOgLsCFeUDOgodemQA3A

        had to laugh when I saw this

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        Nicole on #231837

        I love reading your articles and I like using them in my program. I’ve had a lot of success with them. I’ve experienced few injuries, but people keep telling me that, at age 12, I shouldn’t be lifting because it will stunt my growth. What do think about it? Should I be lifting and what should I be doing? One more thing. I’ve been wanting to go to New Jersey over the summer to train with you but don’t know the living conditions or expenses and how I would do it. Thanks forgreat advices.

        http://bestverticaljumpin8weeks.blogspot.com/

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        Mike Young on #231838

        Hi Nicole. You can definitely keep lifting. There’s ZERO evidence that growth can be stunted by weight training. Stick to basic movements: pushups, squats, pullups or assisted variations of them when needed. BTW- Neither Eric nor myself are in New Jersey. We’re both coaches at my training center (Athletic Lab) in Cary, NC.

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        Jordan Allen on #231839

        I can dunk from a standing position using my vertical alone (both one and two hand dunks), and can do a 180° dunk, but I can’t dunk with a running start. I want to so on a fast break I can run up, leap off one foot, and simply put it down. Are there any work outs for me to learn the run up? Is it even possible, or am I stuck with my standing dunks? (I’m 6’4, so I don’t see why I can do it that way).

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        Mike Young on #231840

        Being able to jump off 2 feet is very different from jumping off 1 foot. Most people are significantly better at one of the options. The best way to get better at something is to do it. Get used to single leg takeoffs. Start by running as fast as you can comfortably take off and gradually increase your speed as you adapt. Also, try emphasizing single leg lifts like step ups, lunges, etc.

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        Austin on #231841

        I am 22yrs old. Im about 5 foot 8 (?) And 188 pounds. I have a pretty average wingspan and when I get a running start I just barely miss the bottom of the net. However, I think my jumping form is rather poor. Would it be unrealistic for me to want to dunk a basketball?

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        Mike Young on #231842

        Hey Austin-
        It would be hard but not impossible to dunk. If you were able to 1 hand dunk you’d need to increase your vertical jump by about 20-22 inches which is very ambitious but not impossible.

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        Austin on #231843

        Based on my description is there a specific set of activities you would recommend me starting? Also, I have very large calf muscles. I don’t know if that impacts my potential lol

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        Mike Young on #231844

        Big calve muscles aren’t great for sprinting but are less of an issue for vertical jumping. I’d stick to the tried and true basics….moderate to heavy weight squats and plyometrics specific to the takeoff you use for dunking.

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        John Sade on #231845

        Hi mike with a standing jump I can get my head to the bottom of the net, but off a running start I barely graze the rim. What should I do?

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        Mike Young on #231846

        Are you comparing 1 foot takeoff to 2 foot takeoff? Many people are MUCH better at one compared to the other. If you want to get better at a one foot takeoff you’ll need to practice that specifically. Single leg plyos and strength work will help. Also, when people are much better at standing vs running jumps they usually have an eccentric strength deficit. Try to build up your eccentric strength through strength work that emphasizes slow eccentric phases, fast-braking, or eccentric overload via the 2-up-1-down method. For more info, check out this article: http://elitetrack.com/slow-down-to-speed-up/

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        Mike Goss on #231847

        hope it isn’t too late for Eric to get this…..Between you and Joel Smith at Cal Berkeley this writing may be among the best ever explanations on the art of jumping. I’ve studied plyometrics since 1975………ok I’m 60. It’s “shock training” defined by the Russians. Anyone who studies jumping must explore Verkhoshansky and Starzynsky. I’ve either downloaded, uploaded, exploded, or promoted jump programs for decades! You are correct!! VOLUME is CRITICAL; QUALITY and SPECIFICITY is REQUIRED. Go to the weight room to jump high and not to 1RM (debatable)
        My top lifts; modified cleans, snatches especially power snatches……poor form? pulls with foot extension & trap bar deadlifts performed quickly and leaving the floor (more in mindset than literally) – go 3-5 reps with primary lifts, work the core, glutes, hamstrings with simple and deliberate movements. the Roman chair or glute ham chair is great!!!! If you train for the running jump…….learn how it feels!!!! you do not reach to jump high…..you connect the kinetic chain and feel the syncing from butt to floor. Train your feet, achilles, and fascia. That’s my 2 cents worth and I’m restricting my input. Also, Eric, Holm is a prime example…..check out Werner Gunther on YouTube…amazing! he was not predominantly FTIIX – his normal fiber type was more like a 1500 runner. His FT fibers were huge!! That isn’t coming from me, check Henk Krajenhoff (bad spelling). He’s as intelligent as a neurosurgeon. My 7’2.5″ high jumper had a standing 38″ and my 7’1/4″ jumper had a 25″ ….. barely could dunk at 6’3″ and 155; the secret he was great with Olympic lift skills and skinny strong. He couldn’t out bound the top two girls on a mid DI program. Mike Young is a Master. Never stop searching and you will never stop learning; the soul is made of the art and science connection!

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        Mike Goss on #231849

        Very true on the 1 and 2 step approach. I met a guy many years ago; he was 6’2 and could touch the top of the backboard…….unbelievable! he was a two foot leaper. I’d describe his tech as a middle hitter in volleyball. From fairly short runs he had the quickest block step and his upper body showed the same type of explosiveness. I saw him run to the rim with that roadrunner stop and boom! his head was completely over the rim. Check the Romanian, Russian, and Polish guys around 6′ to 6’2 youtube.. a few are super skinny with little definition or mass, but they 1/4 squat big weights and work the upper body with kips, pull ups, and a lot of swinging movements. I feel that it really connects the core and links in with the posterior chain. Quad dominance will get you tendinitis and little joint mice really quick. Thus goes your primary movers and then adapt to poor mechanics and more overuse.

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        Jennifer J. Rasmussen on #231850

        This information will show you how to increase your vertical jump by up to 10 inches.

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        Anthony Simon on #231851

        Super good and real article I appreciate you being honest!!

        Quick question, I weigh 170 been lifting for 2 years can squat 1.8x my body weight for 3 reps!! I have a 36 inch running vertical! Any ideas how j can increase my vertical more? Any programs? My speed is my best attribute but strength needs more work! I’m 19 never had any injuries and am 7% body fat. I’m currently walking on to UC Davis basketball team!

        I tried vert shock which focuses on speed and only gained 3 inches so speed is not my weakness

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        Mike Young on #231852

        There are no secrets. And unfortunately, the better you get the harder it is to continue improving. I think you’ll continue to see gains with improved strength all the way up to 2x bodyweight full squat. I would start adding more elastic / explosive work that is specific to your preferred jumping style (single vs. double leg takeoff).

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        Anthony Simon on #231853

        Sounds good!! Does this program sound good? I heard its best to combine strength training and plyometrics the same day for best results??

        Monday:
        Squat, clean, barbell lunges 5 sets of 5 reps for each exercise!! Then do plyos more explosive focus like depth box jumps, single leg box jumps, tuck jumps horizontal bounds then finish off with core work

        Friday:
        Front squats, barbell step ups, snatches, deadlifts 4×6-8 reps

        Then finish off with plyometrics, more speed focused like sprints broad jumps and quick footwork drills then finish off with abs

        Also will be lifting upper body 2x per week

        Would really appreciate a response as I’m trying to dunk with two hands I’m 6 feet 1. Really striving to become the best and not sure if in doing everything right to yield the best results.

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        Mike Young on #231854

        I agree. Keep plyos & weights on the same day. Looks fine. I’d always put your most explosive stuff first..so plyos before cleans, cleans before squats, etc.

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        Anthony Simon on #231855

        Thanks for the response!! Would squatting ass to grass be more beneficial? Only problem is I can only squat 1.2 times my body weight for ass to grass while parallel I can squat 1.8x bodyweight! Should I sacrifice weight for ass to grass form since it recruits more hamstrings and glutes?

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        Mike Young on #231856

        No problem. I prescribe squats of all depths. I like A2G but doing half squats with greater weight can also be beneficial as can lighter jump squats.

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        stefan on #231857

        Hey man can i started working on my vetrical.Now im going to gym to work on strenght cus its winter and i cant do plyos in gym.I plan to start plyometrics when good weather starts.Now i dont know if its good to work first on strenght and then plyos because i heard that they are doing on same day.Then when winter comes again i again go to gym for strenght and when again comes good weathet plyos and etc.One more question.I got here about 10 plyos that i gonna do.Im afraid it is too much and if it isnt please tell me how much plyos is too much.And last one.Is better sprinting or running upstairs for vertical?

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        Mike Young on #231858

        Hi Stefan- Working strength and plyos on separate days will be fine. Research shows that combining the two is the most effective method though. If you’re able to do plyos and strength work together you’ll have better results. Both sprinting and running up stairs will help for improving your vertical jump however I think sprinting will be better.

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