This week, I started a summer coaching session for students at the Cerritos High Basketball Camp, and one of the main factors their coach wanted me to work on was how to jump higher and have more control of their “air-time.”
It’s a fun challenge to say the least, and one thing that I’m really excited to be working on right now.
My Jump Training Solution
To me, the key to a good jump has everything to do with how well trained the athlete’s lower body is, in particular the calves.
Many people don’t realize it, but its actually the combination of strong calf-work and the connection of the calves to the foot that help to give you better height when jumping.
Tony talks about this in the Plyo section of the P90x workouts, and another great option is The Jump Manual, an online (and more affordable) course that focuses specifically on improving your ability to jump high.
The Basketball Challenge
Originally I didn’t think that this high school group would be able to handle the workouts I just mentioned, and I’d prepared a number of exercises to help tone down the intensity of the workout while still improving their jumping abilities.
After the first session, however, I was shocked and impressed with these kids’ abilities, and next week we’re going to be getting into more detail and more intensity to show them exactly how they can leverage some of the physiological science behind jumping to improve their basketball skills.
That’s my biggest challenge for the next few weeks at least, so it should be a fun and exciting time for all of us! Thanks for reading and I’ll be sure to keep you guys posted with how everything turns out!