Monday, June 25, 2012

Jump Manual at 40 years old - Week 6 Results

This past week of training using the Jump Manual was not my best. I skipped about 1/2 of the workouts. Just one of those weeks where I just could not find the motivation.

However, today I did my weekly no-step vertical test and am pleased to say that I got over 30 inches on three jumps! I got 30.8, 30.1, and 30.0. I'm now back to where my no-step vertical peaked about 6 months ago.

I've increased 3.2 inches during these 6 weeks (27.6 to 30.8). That puts me half way to my goal of 33 inches and I'm also half-way through this 12 week phase of training. Of course, these first 3 inches are much easier to obtain as I'm just gaining back what I already had achieved and now I've got to go past that. Won't be easy, but I'm going to do it!

Here's today's video!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Jump Manual at 40 years old - Week 4 & 5 Results

After seeing some nice gains the first three weeks of this phase of Jump Manual training (no-step vertical has gone from 27.6" to 28.1" to 29.9"), I have not seen any further gains these last two weeks. Last Monday, my best no-step vertical jump was 28.9" and yesterday my best no-step vertical jump was 29.5".

Of course, I'm not super happy about this but I'm also not super surprised. My no-step vertical peaked around 31 inches last Fall and so going past that won't be easy. But, I will do it! Just got to be consistent, eat healthy, stretch, and get proper recovery.

Another thing I believe will help me is creatine. I was using it when I was jumping my best about 6 months ago and excited to see how adding it back into my training will impact my results.

July 4th (my deadline to dunk 2 hands) is coming up quickly! Come on creatine! :-)

Monday, June 11, 2012

My best dunks from 2011

I had a pretty good week of training last week. But, more details on that later.

I have been thinking about making a dunk mix for a while and tonight I went ahead and put together a short video with my best dunks from last year. I even added music! :-)  I know it's not that impressive compared to the incredible dunk videos out there on YouTube, but it was fun and motivating for me to put it together.

Hope you enjoy!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Jump Manual at 40 years old - Week 3 Results

Week 3 of this round of vertical jump training using the Jump Manual went great! I did 5 of the 6 workouts and also played basketball 3 times.

I'm testing my vertical each Monday using the Just Jump system so I can accurately track my progress. My goal today was to get 29" and I'm very pleased to say that I got 29.9" which is 1.8" improvement from last week where my best no-step jump was 28.1". If only I could go up 1.8" every week now that would be amazing!

About 6 months ago when I was jumping my best, I'm pretty sure my no-step vertical was around 31" so I'm getting close to being back at my peak. Here's the video from today's no-step vert test. I somehow messed up the recording of my 29.9" jump but have my second best jump at 29.5" on video. Check it out!