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How to Increase Your Vertical Leap in Three Weeks

author image Danielle Clark
Danielle Clark has been a writer since 2009, specializing in environmental and health and fitness topics. She has contributed to magazines and several online publications. Clark holds a Bachelor of Science in ecology and environmental science.
How to Increase Your Vertical Leap in Three Weeks
You can improve your vertical leap in three weeks with plyometrics. Photo Credit: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images

If you’re looking to increase your vertical jump in as little as three weeks, plyometric drills are the way to go. According to a study shown in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 28 participants saw increases in vertical jumping ability when performing plyometric depth jump training as part of an overall athletic program. To get the most out of three weeks of training, focus on lower body plyometrics that closely mimic vertical jumping. According to Brian Mac Sports Coach, you should allow three days of rest between plyometric training sessions and two sessions per week will allow time for recovery without compromising increased performance.

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Drop Jump

Step 1

Perform drop jumps. The key to performing a drop jump is to have a minimal contact time with the ground and also the height achieved during the upward jump.

Step 2

Jump to the ground from a raised platform or box and then immediately jump back up to your starting position.

Step 3

Use proper form. Keep the legs stiff when landing, minimize the flexion of the knees, and land on the mid-foot underneath the hips and jump back up as high as you can.

Step 4

Perform four sets with five jumps in each set for optimal results, according to Do not rest between jumps in a set, but give yourself one minute to recover before starting the second set.

Depth Jump

Step 1

Perform depth jumps. Stand on a box or raised platform and stay close to the front edge facing a vertical jump flag.

Step 2

Step off the platform and land with both feet underneath the vertical flag, according to Jump off the ground as quick as you can and reach up with both or just a single hand and hit the highest vertical flag you can reach.

Step 3

Perform four sets with five jumps in each set. Don’t rest between depth jumps, but give yourself one minute of rest before starting the next set.

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