After only 4 weeks of Vert Shock, I was able to throw down my first dunk! I am really surprised I was able to dunk so soon and I am really excited continuing improvement in the second half of the Vert Shock training program.
So, the Vert Shock program is halfway behind me and I have good news: I finally learned how to dunk! And, I did so after only 4 weeks of training.
I got up early this Sunday morning, drank a quick coffee to wake up and then made my way over to the basketball court. I like to test my vertical jump progress early on Sundays because I am usually alone and nobody is bothered by my camera and tripod in the middle of the court (which kinda looks stupid to be honest).
Vertical Jumping can be funny. Some days you just don't have it. But, on other days, you feel like you have springs under your shoes.
This Sunday was a good one. The sun was burning down on the basketball court and made the warm-up almost unnecessary. I felt real loose and started with some light jumps without the basketball, tapping the backboard at the highest possible spot.
I immediately noticed my vertical jump was at an all-time best. So, I grabbed my basketball and tried to dunk it. After three very close misses, I made my first dunk in a LONG time. See yourself:
Read about the 5 things I learned since I can dunk here!
The first thing I did back home was transfer the video files to my laptop because I wanted to watch my first dunks over and over again. To be honest, it was a bit underwhelming, because you can see the dunks barely go in. And, there is just no way I will be able to dunk in-game with my current vertical jump height. Right now, everything from the approach to the take-off has to be perfect and these situations just don't come up in games.
Still, my success provides great motivation to keep working. Who knows how high I will be able to jump in another 4 weeks when Vert Shock is completed. Maybe I will throw down tomahawk dunks with ease. 🙂
An easy way to measure my vertical:
On a side note, I was thinking about how to track and to prove my vertical jump height to the readers and I think I came up with a great solution. I bought self-adhesive measuring tape and put it on the backboard of the hoop where I have made all my dunking attempts so far.
I adjusted it to my standing reach so I can read my jump height by simply trying to reach the highest point on the measuring tape. The tape I bought from German amazon is in meters. The little black spot you can see in the picture below marks a vertical jump height of exactly 1 meter (around 39.5 inches). Unfortunately, the resolution of the video is not good enough to read the exact measurement, but I am definitely getting closer to my goal of a 40" vertical.
Measuring vertical jump using self-adhesive tape
From the picture above, my best guess is I am missing about 5 inches to a max running vertical of 40 inches. With a basketball, I am still not able to generate the exact same jump height, but I think I am getting better the more I practice.
This week of Vert Shock was really awesome. Finally being able to dunk again has really re-ignited my motivation to work hard and I am looking forward to dunking a lot more (and better) in the next weeks!
You can read about my final results after the complete 8 week program here!