How to jump higher & increase your vertical

It's all about jumbing 🦵

The action of jumping is an extremely important skill for many athletes. Some sports are based almost exclusively on the ability to jump, such as high jump in track and field, whereas in other sports the act of jumping is one of multiple athletic abilities used in the sport, such as basketball, soccer or volleyball.

List of jumping activities 🦶

Track & Field

  • High jump 
  • Hurdling
  • Long jump
  • Pole vault
  • Triple jump


  • American football
  • Football (soccer) in U.S. and Canada)
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bossaball
  • Cheerleading Dancing
  • Diving 
  • Figure skating 
  • Artistic/sporting ice skating
  • Gymnastics
  • Jump rope
  • Martial arts
  • Netball 
  • Parkour 
  • Racquetball
  • Rugby
  • Skateboarding
  • Skiing
  • Ski jumping
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Team Handball
  • Tennis
  • Trampolining
  • Frisbee 
  • Volleyball
  • Jumping Jack 

Jumbs make history

Wilt ‘the Stilt’ Chamberlain

When it comes to jumbing in basketball there is a guy that stands out, and that is Wilt ‘the Stilt’ Chamberlain. A force of nature that had a vertical jumb of 48 inches 👽

“What’s unfortunate is that most people regard the great leapers as being only the short guys who could dunk,” “My sergeant [vertical leap test] was higher than Michael Jordan’s vertical. When I went to Kansas, they had a 12-foot basket in the gym, because Dr. Phog Allen was advocating the 12-foot basket. I used to dunk on that basket. It was an effort, but I could do it.” 


Many suggest that Wilt Chamberlain jumbed so high only because he was genetically gifted. Well, we say that this is obvious, but this is only the one side of the truth. The other side is Wilt’s hard training.

In the meanwhile, you can also check this Zach LaVine’s freakish 46 inches vertical jumb during the Lakers training session 👀


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Cristiano Ronaldo

When it comes to football (soccer) Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtebly the footballer who has the highest vertical jumb. The athleticism of the Portuguese legend is just incredible.

With state-of-the-art technology, a variety of his attributes were forensically analysed by a team of sports scientists.

It established some key numbers: Ronaldo had 3% less body fat than a supermodel. He had a thigh circumference of 61.7cm. He could run 25 meters in 3.61 seconds – just 0.3 seconds slower than a professional sprinter.

And it all factors into his ability to float so high in the air.

Ronaldo jumped 78cm, higher than an average NBA player (71cm).

The force Ronaldo used to push off was almost 5g – similar to what an astronaut experiences during take-off 🚀



NFL players jumb higher (?) 🤔

Studies say that the NFL participants jump in average 8 inches higher than those from the NBA. The vertical jump test is a regular part of the NFL combine because of it’s interesting ability to measure lower body power.

This is due to the fact that this physical test depends a lot more on strength than does a regular running jump. And NFL players are usually stronger than NBA players because of the different nature of their sports.

The record vertical jump test at the NFL combine is still held by Gerald Sensabaugh, who achieved an out-of-this-world jumb of 46″ at the 2005 Combine 🦘

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63.5 freakin' inches jumb by Evan Ungar in standing vertical jumb 🤯

I think that we have a winner here. 

In standing vertical jump (or platform vertical jumb) practice the person has to jump onto a platform from a standing position. The goal in this exercise isn’t to get your hand as high up in the air as possible, but maximize the distance between the surface and your feet.

In 2016, a superhuman called Evan Ungar performed the highest standing jumb and set the set the box jump world record at 63.5 inches 🔥

This is also a Guinness World record.


How to jumb higher ?

The training program that you are going to choose will define your future jumbing performances. This is a fact. Moreover, in an article in the Journal of Human Sport and Exercise a recent university study showed that jump training emphasizing plyometric exercises is more effective than traditional jump training.

What is plyometrics ?

Let’s check the definition of our favorite Wikipedia about this -“Plyometrics, also known as jump training or plyos, are exercises in which muscles exert maximum force in short intervals of time… Plyometrics includes explosive exercises to activate the quick response and elastic properties of the major muscles.” 

In other word plyometrics means explosion, intensity and hard work. This type of training requires a high intensity level and the moves are quick, continuous, and explosive during short time periods.

What you will get doing plyo ?
Flexibility + Strength = Vertical increase

If you want to improve your jumb, special training programs like Vert Shock are designed to maximize a athlete’s vertical in just few weeks.