A large majority of athletes and trainers believe that more training equals better results. This is how most athletes have been trained throughout history. No pain, no gain, right?
WRONG! This is the farthest thing from the truth, and it is a big reason why most athletes are never able to jump higher despite spending countless hours working out.
The fact of the matter is this:
You get your results while you rest, not while you train…
Think about that for a minute. Spending hours in the gym working out 5 times per week, and then playing your sport on the remaining 2 days will NEVER make you jump higher.
In fact, it will REDUCE your vertical jump through over-training. The ONLY time your body starts seeing results is while it rests and recovers. Why? Because it is during this time when your muscles renew, rebuild, recuperate and grow.
How To Rest & Recover Properly
1. Never work out to failure
- Most athletes are taught to train until they cannot move anymore. This is the worst advice in the history of sports training. It is a sure recipe for over-training and injury.
- Focus on training at high intensity, but NEVER to failure.
- If you are lifting weights, lift heavy weights explosively, but NEVER to failure.
2. Get enough sleep every night
- Make sure you get 7+ hours of sleep every night.
- This will make sure your body fully rests and recovers.
3. Eat right
- Stay away from greasy/fast food, which raises your cholesterol levels and clogs your arteries.
- Eat more good carbs like fruits and vegetables and avoid bad carbs and sugar based foods like sodas. Sugars have ZERO nutritional value and do nothing good for your body.
- Eat enough protein on a daily basis especially immediately after you work out. This ensures that your muscles are supplied with the protein it needs to repair and rebuild muscle.
- Drink a lot of water throughout the day. 70% of the human body is made up of water, so it is very important in ensuring that all your bodily processes run smoothly. By drinking no less than 9 glasses of water a day, you will ensure that your body is operating optimally.
4. Stretch daily
- Stretching is VITAL because it improves circulation and prevents injury.
- Stretching also increases flexibility, and even increases your vertical jump. This is because the more a muscle can stretch, the more force it can potentially generate.
Learning how to jump higher is very easy if you focus on rest and recovery.
Always let your body fully recover between workouts and your vertical jump will increase automatically.