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Can I increase my vertical leap 1' in two months?
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Guy at work challenged me to be able to touch the rim for a significant wager, I would have two months to do it. I am 5'10" 165lbs, in decent shape, early 50s. I can touch 9' today.
What do you think can it be done?
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Re: Can I increase my vertical leap 1' in two months? [MacCTD] [ In reply to ]
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Maybe with these.

otherwise, no....




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Re: Can I increase my vertical leap 1' in two months? [MacCTD] [ In reply to ]
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Re: Can I increase my vertical leap 1' in two months? [MacCTD] [ In reply to ]
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MacCTD wrote:
Guy at work challenged me to be able to touch the rim for a significant wager, I would have two months to do it. I am 5'10" 165lbs, in decent shape, early 50s. I can touch 9' today.
What do you think can it be done?

That sounds like a very large gain. Probably the most important factor is how trained are you right now? If you're essentially untrained for jumping I'd say maybe even so a foot sounds like a lot.

Probably research studies out there that would give you an idea if it is possible and what to do to increase your vertical jump.
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Re: Can I increase my vertical leap 1' in two months? [ThisIsIt] [ In reply to ]
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Completely untrained in jumping, I have never played basketball, I run, bike and lift weights, recently did IMMT middle of the pack finish.
I am hoping it is possible, I love challenges.
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Re: Can I increase my vertical leap 1' in two months? [Duffy] [ In reply to ]
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Duffy wrote:
Are you white?

And would you like to try some human growth hormone? ;-)
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Re: Can I increase my vertical leap 1' in two months? [MacCTD] [ In reply to ]
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MacCTD wrote:
Completely untrained in jumping, I have never played basketball, I run, bike and lift weights, recently did IMMT middle of the pack finish.
I am hoping it is possible, I love challenges.

Get yourself to Google then or Pubmed and start looking. I'd say there is a chance with plyometrics and the like. I'd bet a high jumper coach could get you a good ways there just on technique alone.
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Re: Can I increase my vertical leap 1' in two months? [MacCTD] [ In reply to ]
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5'10, in your 50's.

no.

not even if you weren't white.

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Re: Can I increase my vertical leap 1' in two months? [JasoninHalifax] [ In reply to ]
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JasoninHalifax wrote:
5'10, in your 50's.

no.

not even if you weren't white.

Are you trying to say White Men Can't Jump? ;-)
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Re: Can I increase my vertical leap 1' in two months? [big kahuna] [ In reply to ]
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big kahuna wrote:
JasoninHalifax wrote:
5'10, in your 50's.

no.

not even if you weren't white.


Are you trying to say White Men Can't Jump? ;-)

I think he's saying Old Men Can't Jump.
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Re: Can I increase my vertical leap 1' in two months? [SH] [ In reply to ]
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SH wrote:
big kahuna wrote:
JasoninHalifax wrote:
5'10, in your 50's.

no.

not even if you weren't white.


Are you trying to say White Men Can't Jump? ;-)


I think he's saying Old Men Can't Jump.

this....

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Re: Can I increase my vertical leap 1' in two months? [MacCTD] [ In reply to ]
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MacCTD wrote:
Guy at work challenged me to be able to touch the rim for a significant wager, I would have two months to do it. I am 5'10" 165lbs, in decent shape, early 50s. I can touch 9' today.
What do you think can it be done?
Lol. Originally, I was thinking about 1 inch. Yeah, one inch, no problem. 1 foot? Forget it.
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Re: Can I increase my vertical leap 1' in two months? [SH] [ In reply to ]
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SH wrote:
MacCTD wrote:
Guy at work challenged me to be able to touch the rim for a significant wager, I would have two months to do it. I am 5'10" 165lbs, in decent shape, early 50s. I can touch 9' today.
What do you think can it be done?

Lol. Originally, I was thinking about 1 inch. Yeah, one inch, no problem. 1 foot? Forget it.


Being serious for a moment, I completely agree. 5'10", early 50s, and able to touch 9 feet? And wanting an additional 12 inches of vertical leap in two months? Ummmmmm...
Last edited by: big kahuna: Sep 13, 17 10:56
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Re: Can I increase my vertical leap 1' in two months? [MacCTD] [ In reply to ]
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Completely untrained in jumping, I have never played basketball, I run, bike and lift weights, recently did IMMT middle of the pack finish.
I am hoping it is possible, I love challenges.

There's something called the Jump Manual by Jacob Hiller, seeing claims of increases in vertical jump of 20 inches in a short period of time.
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Re: Can I increase my vertical leap 1' in two months? [MacCTD] [ In reply to ]
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Get a pair of Hoka's, that gets you 1/4 of the way there, maybe you have some long asleep white fibers in there, worth a try.
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Re: Can I increase my vertical leap 1' in two months? [MacCTD] [ In reply to ]
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Really difficult. If you are presently WAY sedentary and packing ~20lbs of fat, you might have a chance. Crash course on explosive power coupled with major weight loss, with optimizing technique. Sounds like you are in good shape and pretty light, so your only big improvements will come via technique.
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Re: Can I increase my vertical leap 1' in two months? [MacCTD] [ In reply to ]
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MacCTD wrote:
Guy at work challenged me to be able to touch the rim for a significant wager, I would have two months to do it. I am 5'10" 165lbs, in decent shape, early 50s. I can touch 9' today.

What do you think can it be done?


As a former high jumper who is white and was 5'11" in college, who cleared 6' 8 3/4", who could dunk a volleyball (couldn't palm a basketball), and is now 59 years old, I say not a chance. Vertical leap is a young man's game.

For context: look at the US records for masters in the high jump, and note the decline (the 50-54 record is 4" less than the 55-59 record, by the same guy).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_records_in_masters_athletics#Men.27s_High_jump

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Re: Can I increase my vertical leap 1' in two months? [ThisIsIt] [ In reply to ]
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ThisIsIt wrote:
MacCTD wrote:
Completely untrained in jumping, I have never played basketball, I run, bike and lift weights, recently did IMMT middle of the pack finish.
I am hoping it is possible, I love challenges.


There's something called the Jump Manual by Jacob Hiller, seeing claims of increases in vertical jump of 20 inches in a short period of time.

Not by someone in his 50s. Actually, I call BS on that for anyone other than a sedentary person with tons of innate talent.

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Re: Can I increase my vertical leap 1' in two months? [MacCTD] [ In reply to ]
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MacCTD wrote:
Completely untrained in jumping, I have never played basketball, I run, bike and lift weights, recently did IMMT middle of the pack finish.
I am hoping it is possible, I love challenges.
All exercises that would likely decrease your vertical as opposed to increasing it, unless your weight training was specifically devoted to jump training (which it isn't). No freakin' way. MAYBE 2-4", but that's assuming you don't get injured moving to a fast-twitch focus.
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Re: Can I increase my vertical leap 1' in two months? [klehner] [ In reply to ]
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klehner wrote:
ThisIsIt wrote:
MacCTD wrote:
Completely untrained in jumping, I have never played basketball, I run, bike and lift weights, recently did IMMT middle of the pack finish.
I am hoping it is possible, I love challenges.


There's something called the Jump Manual by Jacob Hiller, seeing claims of increases in vertical jump of 20 inches in a short period of time.


Not by someone in his 50s. Actually, I call BS on that for anyone other than a sedentary person with tons of innate talent.

Just passing on what I found.
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Re: Can I increase my vertical leap 1' in two months? [MikeH in MD] [ In reply to ]
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MikeH in MD wrote:
MacCTD wrote:
Completely untrained in jumping, I have never played basketball, I run, bike and lift weights, recently did IMMT middle of the pack finish.
I am hoping it is possible, I love challenges.

All exercises that would likely decrease your vertical as opposed to increasing it, unless your weight training was specifically devoted to jump training (which it isn't). No freakin' way. MAYBE 2-4", but that's assuming you don't get injured moving to a fast-twitch focus.
I put better odds on getting injured on a landing than being able to touch the rim in 2 months.

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Re: Can I increase my vertical leap 1' in two months? [klehner] [ In reply to ]
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Okay, this thread got me wondering. I just checked. Jumped 8' 9" and improved it to ~9' over 5 jumps.

Info: I'm 5' 6", mid 50's, really out of shape (high school sprinter/long jumper), 25 lbs over my normal race weight. Can I hit 9' 6" in a month?
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oldandslow wrote:
Okay, this thread got me wondering. I just checked. Jumped 8' 9" and improved it to ~9' over 5 jumps.

It's called warming up.

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Re: Can I increase my vertical leap 1' in two months? [MikeH in MD] [ In reply to ]
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MikeH in MD wrote:
MacCTD wrote:
Completely untrained in jumping, I have never played basketball, I run, bike and lift weights, recently did IMMT middle of the pack finish.
I am hoping it is possible, I love challenges.

All exercises that would likely decrease your vertical as opposed to increasing it, unless your weight training was specifically devoted to jump training (which it isn't). No freakin' way. MAYBE 2-4", but that's assuming you don't get injured moving to a fast-twitch focus.

I had the same thought. If he really wants to win the bet he needs to stop all that endurance stuff right away, induce a shift toward fast fibers by minimizing activity.
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Re: Can I increase my vertical leap 1' in two months? [klehner] [ In reply to ]
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Of course, I only added it to show that I wasn't lowballing the baseline ;).
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