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Best Vertical Jump Workouts - Why Most Athletes Get it Wrong

What's the best vertical jump workout to perform? While the specific jump higher drills you do are important...
HOW you exercise is KEY No matter which one you are performing, you need to keep it as short and vigorous as possible.
This is because your fast twitch muscles are responsible for your jumping ability, and they can only work at their peak for up to 8 seconds.
Anything longer than that and your slow twitch (long distance) muscles begin to kick in.
What this means for your vertical jump workout...
Make sure to do every exercise for around 8 seconds and not much longer.
When you go beyond 8 seconds then your body cannot sustain peak performance and you are then training for endurance.
Endurance is not going to help you jump higher The average marathon runner has a vertical leap of 12 inches.
This is because their muscles are conditioned to go for longer distances.
In other words, unless you want to run a marathon you will want to focus on training your muscles to go at full speed.
Keep your workouts short and sweet So many athletes mistakenly keep pushing themselves as long as they can, mistakenly thinking it will improve their athleticism.
The longer you exercise, the longer it will take you to do each rep...
which might actually hurt your vertical leap.
Single leg exercises are the best way to improve vertical...
This is true no matter what program you are doing.
They are superior to 2 legged workouts because when you exercise 1 leg, the results will transfer over when you want to jump off 1 or both feet.
However, when you train both legs at a time the results will only work when jumping off 2 feet.
This is how to get the most out of whatever vertical jump workout you choose to do.

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