I’ve never been happy with my vertical jump height, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about two programs called The Jump Manual and Air Alert, so I looked into it. Air Alert promises to increase your jump height by 8 to 14 inches. The Jump Manual doesn’t mention a specific height, but it does say that certain athletes who have used the program have gotten from 10 to 25 inches higher. It appears as if Air Alert is based on a formula that delivers the same results for everyone who uses it, while The Jump Manual is geared toward your specific potential. The latter also seems more personal, since the creator offers individualized email training and has even set up forums where people also going through the program can chat and exchange ideas.
The guy who devised The Jump Manual has lots of experience trying out different methods of improving his own vertical jump height. He tried strength shoes, stair running, college programs, Air Alert, and pretty much everything else out there before doing the research to come up with Jump Manual. He wasn’t satisfied with the segmented approach other programs took, so he used his own experience and knowledge about all the aspects involved with increasing the height of your jump shot.
Air Alert doesn’t mention nutrition at all, and mostly focuses on different repetitive muscle exercises. Jump Manual has a whole section devoted to nutrition, including a guide. While the creator is not a nutritionist or dietitian, he has researched his points thoroughly, and the program has been positively reviewed by physicians. Jump Manual allows for the fact that nutrition equals health, and health in turn is a significant part of muscle strength and quickness. Without good nutrition, all the training in the world won’t be able to get an athlete to his or her full potential, and Jump Manual creator takes this into account.
A core point of The Jump Manual is that strength, quickness, and your brain need to be involved in any jump to increase its height in what the creator of the Manual calls a “height-reaching explosion.” The idea is that if you’re thinking about applying strength and speed during the same muscle contraction, you will achieve the greatest amount of height during your jump. Air Alert emphasizes training, but more of the endurance aspect. Repetitive training might add a few inches to your vertical jump, but the thoughtful, quality training The Jump Program endorses seems more likely to help you explore your full potential, as opposed to limit you to a preset improvement.
The thing I like most about The Jump Program is that it seems to be based on a holistic approach, focusing not simply on muscle exercises, but nine different variables – fuel, form, stamina, flexibility, and balance, for starters. It also includes the nutritional aspect of priming your body to achieve a higher jump, which Air Alert fails to mention at all. Air Alert seems stuck on what it terms “Habitual Jump Training,” which is supposed to strengthen your tendons, ligaments, buttocks, calves, and thighs with moves like the “kangaroo effect.”Air Alert and The Manual both make you take training to another level, but The Jump Program encourages low repetitions with more intensity. The entire program focuses more on quality over quantity. Since I’d rather use my brain and my body in tandem than just my body, I’m going with The Jump Manual.