You’ve done stairs for hours. You’ve done drills while wearing ankle weights. You are tired and drenched in sweat. Yet, even with all this hard work and training, you still haven’t seen any improvements to your vertical jump! This is because athletic performance isn’t just about training. If you want to improve your jump, then you’ve got to know the correct principles, practices, and techniques to make it happen. This is exactly what professional coach Jacob Hiller gets into in his ground-breaking program Jump Manual.
What is Jump Manual?
Jump Manual, also called Vertical Jump Training, is a program which was created by professional coach and world-renown trainer Jacob Hiller. The program is designed to do one thing: increase the height of your vertical jump. It does this by giving you clear-cut information on the physics behind jumping, a detailed training schedule, and even nutritional information. In all, Jump Manual consists of:
- 10 chapters
- Videos lessons
- Picture glossary
- Access to exclusive jumpers forum
- 1-on-1 email coaching
- Bonuses from professional coaches and trainers
There are a few other programs about how to increase your jump available online. Jump Manual is different because it focuses on quality instead of quantity.
Basically, your jump height is determined by the amount of pressure put into the ground. You’ve probably heard this before, which is why so many websites and amateur trainers recommend doing strength-training exercises like squats to be able to improve your jump height. However, it takes more than just strength to be able to jump high.
To be (as Hiller puts it) an explosive athlete, you’ve got to put a high amount of pressure into the ground in a very short amount of time. The laws of physics then tell us that the pressure against the ground will be transferred back into your jump.
Unfortunately, most jump training programs just focus on building strength but not intensity. All those squats aren’t going to do you much good if you don’t work on your intensity too. A person who can squat 1000lbs, for example, might have a lot of strength and power but, unless he can squat that 1000lbs very quickly, he won’t be explosive in his jump!
To make sure you are improving your explosiveness, Jacob Hiller addresses four main principles in Jump Manual:
- Physics of vertical jump
- Practices and techniques for vertical jump
- Discipline to apply principles consistently
- Proper nutrition
Who is Jacob Hiller?
Before we get into the details of everything covered in Jump Manual, let’s take a minute to discuss who exactly Jacob Hiller is. You may have heard about him already because he’s been interviewed on ESPN radio and had his articles appear in several notable magazines like Men’s Health.
Jacob Hiller got his start by training student basketball athletes before moving on to work with professionals, including NBA and Olympic athletes. He himself has a jump shot of over 40 inches, so he isn’t just all talk! That’s pretty impressive considering that he’s in his mid 30s now.
If you are a professional athlete or coach a team, then you can hire Jacob Hiller to come up with a custom jump program for you. However, his rates are $180 per hour for local training, or $500 per day plus flight and accommodation expenses. Most of us amateurs can’t afford those rates, so Jump Manual is the next best thing.
What Does the Program Cover?
There are 10 chapters in Jump Manual, each of which covers a new topic. Here is an overview of what you will learn in each of the chapters:
Chapter 1: The 9 Essential Variables of an Explosive Vertical
Here is where Hiller gives an overview of each of the components which are required to have a higher vertical jump. Some are a bit obvious (like strength) but there are some rather surprising ones too. Hiller gets more into these aspects in the next chapters.
Chapter 2: Understanding the Science of Optimal Results
This chapter is about everything you’ve been doing wrong in your training thus far. Hiller gets into the physics behind improving a jump, and explains why what you need to do is counterintuitive. Basically, this chapter is all about intensity, plyometrics, and correct implementation of weight training.
Chapter 3: The Laws of Vertical Jump Improvement
This chapter is a review of all the physics which were taught in the previous chapter.
Chapter 4: Muscle Gains Do Not Happen During Training
That’s right – muscle gains actually occur when you are sleeping! To make sure they happen, and at their fullest ability, you need to have proper nutrition. Jacob Hiller gives a great explanation of nutritional requirements for athletes, getting into concepts like anabolism and catabolism. He also tells you exactly how much of certain nutrients you need and when the best time is to take them.
Chapter 5: Optional Equipment for Vertical Jump Drills
I like this chapter because Hiller recommends some professional equipment for improving your jump, but also gives alternatives for people who can’t afford it.
Chapter 6: Use the Jumpers Forum!
Here is where you get access to the Jumpers Forum and Jacob gives some advice on why and how you should use it.
Chapter 7: Pre-Workout Stretching and Warm-Ups
I know a lot of athletes are going to want to skip this chapter, but flexibility is actually really important for your jump (and Hiller explains why). Hiller lays out some exercises that you should do before you begin training to help you get maximum results.
Chapter 8: The Max Explosion Workout
Here is a 14-day chart with a detailed breakdown of the exercises you need to do on each day. There is also an explanation of the “Strength and Explosions Sets” which need to be done with all weight-training exercises. Some of the exercises include Explosion Calf Raises, Dead Lifts, and Rim Jumps (amongst others).
Chapter 9: Post-Workout
This chapter is rather short and gets back into nutrition concepts to make sure you are getting the most from the workout routine given in Chapter 8.
Chapter 10: Progress and Sustained Increase
Pros and Cons of Jump Manual
- Straight-Forward System: Even though Jump Manual does get into some complex concepts, it is laid out in a really clear-cut way. You don’t have to be a physics brainiac to understand the concepts and the training chart is sure to get results regardless of what level you are at now.
- Well-Written: Sorry to say it, but most athletes and coaches aren’t the best writers. I’m happy to say this isn’t the case with Jacob Hiller!
- Videos: For all of you athletes who don’t like to read (sorry to reiterate a stereotype!), you will be happy to know that all of the key chapters in Jump Manual have a video as well as an audio transcript.
- Guaranteed to Work: The entire system is backed by a 60-day money back guarantee. If you don’t like it for any reason, you’ve got 60 days to ask for a full refund.
- Forum and Email Support: We all come across problems during training, which is why it is nice to have the forum and email support available.
- It Takes Work: Don’t expect to read this manual and immediately see results (though there is some advice about form which might be able to add a few inches to your jump right away). You’ve got to be dedicated enough to follow the exercise schedule if you want results.
- No Individual Feedback: While the forum and email support is nice, it isn’t the same as having 1-on-1 training from a pro coach. I’d recommend taking videos of your jumps so you can analyze your form, or send the videos to people on the forum for their feedback.
- A Little Outdated: Jacob Hiller first designed Jump Manual in 2009, and I don’t think he has updated the videos since then. Compared to today’s standards of HD video, the videos do seem to be mediocre quality and the sound can definitely be better.
- Might Need to Do More Research: Jacob Hiller gets into some pretty complicated concepts in Jump Manual, especially about plyometrics. While the guide gives you all the info you need to make improvements to your vertical jump, you might want to explore some of these concepts further on your own, especially if you are planning for a professional career. Whoever said that athletes don’t need to know science!
Who Is Jump Manual For?
Jump Manual is really popular with basketball players, but it can also be used by a wide variety of other athletes. The obvious ones are high jumpers, volleyball players, football players, and soccer players. A lot of other sports also use the same concepts of vertical jump, such as skateboarders and BMX riders. However, I’d argue that all athletes can benefit from Jump Manual – even if their sport doesn’t directly involve jumping high.
Coaches and trainers use vertical jump to assess a player’s explosiveness. So, if you do any sport which requires speed, agility, or quickness, then the coach is going to be looking at your vertical jump abilities. Heck, even sumo wrestlers could benefit from improving their vertical jump!
What is Included?
Jump Manual is an electronic product. When you buy it, you will immediately be given access to a members area where you can watch the videos and read the chapters. The members area includes a forum where you can get advice from other people using the Jump Manual program too.
In addition to Jump Manual, you also get these bonuses:
- Advice from Dave Hopla, Assistant Coach to the Wizards
- Advice from Dr. Patrick Cohn, Sports Psychology Expert
A cool thing about Jump Manual is that you get lifetime access to the members area. Jacob Hill is constantly adding new bonus material to the members area, so you can find professional tips and advice from the likes of Tim Gallwey and Paul Hoover!
A note about the Money-Back Guarantee: Jump Manual is sold through the online retail platform ClickBank. All of their products are backed by a 60-day money back guarantee. Jacob Hiller won’t even get a penny of your purchase until the 60 days are up. This is how you can be 100% sure that you will get your refund. All you have to do is send ClickBank an email asking for a refund within the 60 day period and you will get your money back, no questions asked!
Should You Buy Jump Manual?
At $67, Jump Manual is definitely cheaper than paying for training with Jacob Hiller, and you’ll still get the benefit of his expertise. Even so, a lot of people are going to be hesitant to throw down $67 for a product unless they are sure it is going to work. Since Jump Manual is covered by a 100% money-back guarantee, I’d say go for it. You’ve got nothing to lose and only a lot of inches on your vertical jump to gain!
I personally was really happy with the clear-cut training schedule and exercises given in Jump Manual and found that they did produce the promised results (and quickly too!). Obviously, I am really happy about the results, and I’ve passed the knowledge along to my team members too so we can utilize the concepts in our training. But what I liked most about Jump Manual was actually a bit of a surprise. Jump Manual basically broke down everything I was doing wrong, and explained why all that other advice wasn’t doing me any good. This alone saved me countless hours of wasted training so I could instead focus on doing exercises which would get results. For that alone, Jump Manual was worth the price for me.