There's only two more weeks of Vert Shock ahead of me! But unfortunately after 6 weeks of Vert Shock my results have hit a plateau and I have actually regressed a little bit compared to week 5. My plan is to rest for a few days and then start the final push towards a 40 inch vertical!
It's been two weeks since my last blog post: Sow how did week 5 and 6 of Vert Shock go?
The workouts are almost a normal part of my daily routine by now. I usually do them in the evening after work in a nearby park, and so far I was really lucky that it was one of the driest German summers in a long time 🙂
During week 5 I was able to further increase my vertical jump and throw down some more dunks. My legs were really springy and jumping high had become so easy that I barely missed a dunk attempt! I already imagined myself throwing down violent coast-to-coast dunks like Russel Westbrook this upcoming season 🙂 Watch yourself:
But unfortunately week 6 didn't continue in that trend. For the first time during my Vert Shock training my vertical jump has decreased. I somehow just didn't have the same power and explosiveness in me this week. I just was really tired and my legs felt heavier than usual.
Getting some rest
I think that my body is finally showing signs of overtraining after 30 workouts in 42 days.Thats why I plan to take 2-3 days off to really rest my legs and then start fresh into the final two weeks of Vert Shock. This way I hopefully eliminate any chance of suffering a stupid injury because of bad form due to exhaustion when doing the exercises or trying to dunk.
Off the backboard
Even though I didn't feel as good as I had hoped after week 6, I still tried to add a new dunk to my repertoire. Enjoy 🙂 :
So, what do you think, does that count as a dunk? I am sure I will have that dunk down after I have completed all 8 weeks of Vert Shock!
Better traction = higher jumps?
One of the most important factors when trying to jump high is the traction of your shoes. If you have ever tried to jump on wet surface you know that there is no chance of jumping high on a slippery floor. Unfortunately the school where my team practices twice a week seems to be too broke to afford a janitor who wipes the floor. Because of that, the floor is oftentimes horribly dusty and you have to wipe off your shoes after every possession to have any chance of guarding your opponent.
As you can imagine these are not the best conditions if you want to test your vertical and show-off some dunks to your teammates. Especially if you have basketball shoes that are almost two years old and have little traction left... Thats why I bought me some new kicks, the new Kobe X - Blue Lagoon! And yes, I am a big fan of Kobe's shoe series, in fact I have never switched to another shoes after the Kobe IV.
Right now, the new shoes are still a little stiff and take some breaking in, but hopefully they will be in prime condition for the final two weeks of Vert Shock!
Also read my blog post about the best shoes for vertical jumping here.
My Vert Shock results after 6 weeks
Before Vert Shock
After 5 weeks
After 6 weeks
Max Running Vertical
Dunk attempt (both feet)
Right now, I am still 4-5 inches away from a 40 inch vertical jump. So it will take a great last two weeks to reach my goal. It will be interesting if maybe the rest during the next few days will lead to an increased vertical, as my body will finally be completely rested for the first time in 6 weeks.
Find out my final results in the next blog post! Until then make sure to check out all my videos and subscribe to my youtube channel! You can read the final results of my Vert Shock experiment here.