Improving your vertical jump can easily be done with the right training, by using a combination of weights and plyometric exercises. The process is even easier when you use a vertical jump trainer, but all of this goes to waste if you can’t properly measure your progress.
In this article we are going to see the different ways to test your vertical jump improvements, vertical jump equipment and exercises and even look at some vertical jump records.
Different ways to test vertical jump progress
There are a lot of different ways to measure vertical jump performance, all with varying results. Although on test result will vary from the results of another, they stay pretty consistent if the same test is used every time. So whatever test you choose to use, remember to use the same one every time to gather consistent data. It will make measuring improvements a million times better.
The first and most recognised, common test, is known as the Sargent test. It requires you to make a mark with chalk against a wall as high as you can reach, and then jumping straight up in the air and then making another mark. You measure the distance between the two marks and that is your vertical jumping height. Although not comparable with other results from other tests, it gives you a reliable measurement which can be used to measure improvement over time.
Another way of testing vertical jump ability, is by using professional vertical jump measuring equipment. They are usually quite expensive, but luckily can be found in some gyms. A set of arms stick out from a pole, and the highest arm you move is how you measure your vertical jump. There are other ways to test vertical jump capabilities, but require in depth science observation and most won't ever come across these tests.
Vertical Jump records
It is quite difficult to determine the exact record for vertical jump due to all the different measurement types, but the highest official science approved vertical jump is 46” on NFL by Gerald Sensabaugh and 38” in NBA by both Dwayne Mitchell and Justin Anderson. The highest unofficial vertical jump record holder is Michael Wilson with a awe inspiring 55” vertical jump.
Vertical Jump Workout
The best way to improve your vertical jump is inarguably with plyometrics exercises supplemented with some weight training. Plyometrics is also known as jump training and can literally be done anywhere, from your own back yard to doing vertical jumping in the park. Some vertical jump exercises include Power Skipping, Tuck Jumps, Squat Jumps, Lateral Jumps, Box Jumps, Plyometric Push Ups and Scoop Hopping. The only vertical jump equipment you may need is a plyometric box, but most exercises requires only your bodyweight. Be sure to follow proper technique or you could set back your vertical jump progress quite a bit.
If you set proper goals and train your vertical jump often, who is to say you are not a future vertical jump record holder.