Monday, July 19, 2010

Tips for Jumping Higher

So you want to increase your ability to jump high? Whether you’re a professional athlete or someone who is aspiring to be a professional athlete, you can benefit from being able to jump very high. Below, you’ll gain some tips and knowledge for how to jump higher and increase your vertical leap numbers.
First and foremost, you need to strengthen your muscles and stabilize your ankles. There are many exercises you can use to achieve this, and most of those exercises will be done on your tip-toes, without using your heels. For instance, standing on your tip-toes and skipping, bringing your knees up as high as you can, will increase those muscles’ ability and strength.

A tool you can utilize to strengthen these muscles are jump-higher shoes. These shoes are designed to make you use your tip-toes, building up your strength and ability. There are many different kinds of ‘jump higher’ shoes, so spend some time researching to find the right brand. They’re also designed to minimize the injury to your muscles and bones from this type of exercise.

Stretching regularly can also increase your ability to jump higher. By making your muscles limber and loose, you’ll have more range and more ability to jump higher. Always stretch before exercising or performing. Standing straight up, bend down and touch your toes. You’ll feel the stretch in your thigh muscles. Sitting with your legs apart and stretching forward will also help. Using the tips above, you can achieve a higher jump score.
Photo: Salvatore Vuono

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