A vast majority of athletes and coaches believe that more training equals better results. This is how most athletes have been trained throughout history. No pain, no gain, right?
INCORRECT! This is the furthest thing from the truth, and it’s a big reason why most athletes can never jump higher despite spending countless hours exercising.
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 exercising 5 times a week and then practicing your sport the remaining 2 days NEVER makes you jump higher.
In fact, it will REDUCE your vertical leap through overtraining. The ONLY time your body begins to see results is while you are resting and recovering. Why? Because it is during this time that your muscles renew, rebuild, recover and grow.
How to Rest and Recover Properly
1. Never work to failure
- Most athletes are taught to train until they can no longer move. This is the worst advice in the history of sports training. It is a sure recipe for overtraining and injury.
- Focus on training at high intensity, but NEVER fail.
- If you’re lifting weights, do it explosively, but NEVER until you fail.
2. Get enough sleep every night
- Make sure you get more than 7 hours of sleep each night.
- This will ensure that your body rests and fully recovers.
3. Eat well
- Stay away from fast / greasy food, which raises your cholesterol levels and clogs your arteries.
- Eat more good carbohydrates like fruits and vegetables and avoid bad carbohydrates and sugar-based foods like soda. Sugars have ZERO nutritional value and do nothing good for your body.
- Eat enough protein every day, especially immediately after exercising. This ensures that your muscles receive the protein they need to repair and rebuild muscle.
- Drink a lot of water for the whole day. 70% of the human body is made up of water, so it is very important to ensure that all bodily processes run smoothly. By drinking no less than 9 glasses of water a day, you will ensure that your body functions optimally.
4. Daily stretching
- 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 be stretched, the more force it can potentially generate.
Learning 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 automatically increase.