#1
Hey, this isn't a thread for discussing athletics and what not (Unless of course you want it to be, in which case feel free to carry it on in that manner), it's just that I have a question and wanted specific answers from people who know what they're talking about.


Basically my question is; what muscles in my legs should I work on to improve my vertical jump, and how would I go about strengthening them?

Don't read all the crap below unless you want to

From Internet research I'd always thought calves, however on Tuesday, my friend told me hamstrings are the ones to train (He's like, 6' 8", yet, can't dunk. However, he played basketball with someone (about 6' 4") who could dunk, so I'm unsure on how reliable this is). But the same night, I was reading an article on Wikipedia which said that "contrary to popular belief, the quadriceps are the muscles that should be trained to help improve vertical jump" (or something similar).

So basically, does anyone know which of these is correct? Or, if all muscles should be trained equally or anything else?

Also, if you give an answer, can you give any exercises that can help develop the muscles? Hopefully I'll be going to the gym starting next week, but I'm not entirely sure. But if not, I want exercises that can be done at home and that don't require any specialist equipment, as all I have are some ankle weights.

Things I currently do;

Toe raises for my calves


Sit on the edge of my bed, placing my amp on my shins and holding my legs as horizontal as possible for as long as possible, for my quadriceps.

Sometimes walk around on my heels for the latissimus dorsi (I think that's the one, front of the shin?).


I don't really know what I can do for hamstrings... Would filling my school bag with stuff to make it heavy, strapping it to my leg, then lifting it up and down behind me do any good?
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#2
im not overly interested in this subject but my cousin is and there are a lot of products on the internet selling training regimes to increase your vert.id say all muscles have a role to play so excersises you should do would include squats with a barbell and where you would put one foot on a chair and then jump and then land with your other foot on the chair repeatedly very fast. these are the kind of excersises that programs for sale on the internet will contain
#3
Your latissimus dorsi are muscles on your ribs under your arms on either side of your torso.

You can improve your jumping by doing all types of leg exercises - leg press, squats, calf extensions, etc. You use the entire musculature of your legs when you jump, essentially, unless you're just hopping using your calves.

And don't use ankle weights. You can injure your ankles.
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Quote by Dirk Gently
Your latissimus dorsi are muscles on your ribs under your arms on either side of your torso.

You can improve your jumping by doing all types of leg exercises - leg press, squats, calf extensions, etc. You use the entire musculature of your legs when you jump, essentially, unless you're just hopping using your calves.

And don't use ankle weights. You can injure your ankles.



I always thought that's what the latissimus dorsi were, I just seem to think I read somewhere that it's the front of your shin , oh well.


And yeah, I know about that. And apparently they don't work either, something to do with that jumping with extra weight won't help increase your jump height, I don't know.

I don't wear them all that regularly to be honest, mainly because I read about them sometimes damaging ankles.


To achtung baby, all the online things seem to be American, and people in the UK can't have the money back guarantee. I hardly have money to buy something I know will work, nevermind something with a chance of not working, lol. I tried looking for them for free, but no luck.
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#6
What ever you decide to do, and squats should be one of those things, continue jumping towards a goal. Like if you can touch the rim with the tip of your middle finger, set your next goal to be grabbing the rim. And practice everyday. Had a friend that lived across the street, had a basketball in his hand 24/7 and was always jumping up to touch a tree branch. He was a good ball player, but not that smart so not a great ball player. Something my coach always told me(he played college ball) was that it was also important that you use your whole body including thrusting up with your arms. Gotta go strong to the hoop. Good luck and enjoy the training.
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What ever you decide to do, and squats should be one of those things, continue jumping towards a goal. Like if you can touch the rim with the tip of your middle finger, set your next goal to be grabbing the rim. And practice everyday. Had a friend that lived across the street, had a basketball in his hand 24/7 and was always jumping up to touch a tree branch. He was a good ball player, but not that smart so not a great ball player. Something my coach always told me(he played college ball) was that it was also important that you use your whole body including thrusting up with your arms. Gotta go strong to the hoop. Good luck and enjoy the training.



Yeah, I just read yesterday (I think) about the thrusting of the arms, and I know squats are something I should be doing.

To Steee, I already looked on there and saw that most required weights and things, so I just skipped them really, though there are one or two exercises on there that don't, which I'll maybe look into.

Thanks to everyone who's posted so far
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