My name is Andy thank you for watching! Today I want to do a quick recap of my experiences with the Vert Shock training program and show you how I went from a 29″ vertical jump and this pretty embarrassing attempt at dunking to a new personal best 37 inch vertical – and now being able to dunk easily! In this review I’m going to talk about the features of Vert Shock, my experiences during the eight-week program and what I especially liked about it and also what I didn’t like about it as much.
If you would like to get started with your jump training right away – why not head on over to the official website and pick up a copy.
And if you stick around until the end I’m going to give you a way to find out would Vert Shock could do for your vertical and if you too could be dunking after eight weeks of Vert Shock!
Before I continue I want to quickly introduce myself.
My name is Andy I’m 29 years old I live in Wisconsin and most importantly to the basketball players out there I’m six feet tall.
I still play in a pretty low-level local league and at the end of last season I was so annoyed by my lack of athleticism and hops that I decided I had to do something about it. And the goal I set for myself was that I would be able to dunk before I turn 30! That’s where Vert Shock comes into play.
Adam Folker the creator of Vert Shock promises you to improve your vertical jump by nine to 15 inches in only eight weeks.
And I have to say that made me a bit uneasy at first because it sounds really extreme and unrealistic.
A lot like these horrible internet diet promotions you maybe know like “lose 20 pounds in five days by only eating chocolate”.
But the rest of the website made a really professional impression and they offer a 60 day money-back guarantee.
I mean, really I couldn’t lose much by trying it right?
Ok so how does Vert Shock work?
The Vert Shock training program lasts for eight weeks and during that time you will be doing 41 workouts and yes that’s a little more than five workouts a week; so quite a lot! These workouts focus on different areas which are important for jumping. Stuff like advanced plyometrics where you are doing jumping exercises like depth jumps or box jumps to core-strengthening exercises like planks and then there’s also exercises for your lower body power and explosiveness. Stuff like hill sprints or squat jumps.
The exercises of Vert Shock are all explained in great detail by Adam Folker himself in stunning HD video and this will make sure that you’re doing exercises correctly! You can watch them on your cell phone or tablet or you can just download the PDF and print them out old school.
So, the big question is – how did my eight weeks of Vert Shock go? A few days before I started I went to my favorite basketball court and measured my running vertical jump which was surprisingly decent. I measured a 29 inch vertical which allowed me to grab the rim pretty easily.
And then workouts began and I have to say after week one I was really sore.
I mean after being a couch potato for far too long my body was clearly shocked by six intense workouts in only seven days.
I wasn’t even able to make a progress video after week one because my legs were aching so badly. Week 2 was already a lot better as my body got more and more used to the workout and the first results were really promising.
During week three and four I really got into the groove of the training and I could feel how I got more explosive each day.
So after week 4 I once again went to check my vertical.
And on that day my legs felt really springy and explosive and the weather was also really hot which is always good for high jumping because you are warmed up easily. So, after doing my dynamic warm-up for about 20 minutes and trying some jumps without the ball, I picked up the ball and tried to dunk! And I think I missed like the first three attempts but on the fourth attempt this happened: I managed to make my first dunk and I can’t tell you how great that felt after only 4 weeks I was able to dunk.
I couldn’t believe it! For the first five weeks everything went along nicely and I was increasing my vertical jump each week and I was already getting a little bit greedy and thinking about 360s and windmills and all kinds of crazy dunks but of course during week 6 the intense workouts caught up with my body and for the first time in Vert Shock I actually decreased my vertical.
I mean my legs were just feeling super heavy I was really tired and I was a bit concerned that I might injure myself if I continued working out in this condition.
And yeah that’s why I decided to take two days off after week six and really rest up and get some rest for my body.
In week 7 I was still tired but I was back to dunking easily and I just wanted to make it through these last two weeks and the thought was there would be enough time to rest after Vert Shock.
So after eight weeks of hard training I made it though Vert Shock.
But then Fall decided to surprise me with really bad weather and I was not able to test my vertical on the basket where I used to test it.
But that’s not all! After resting for one week I’m almost able to touch the rim with my elbow which is really crazy! Considering my standing reach this means a 37 inch running vertical and that means I narrowly missed out on my very ambitious goal of a 40 inch vertical.
But still I mean I couldn’t be happier with my results! My new vertical jump really allows for some cool dunks like this one off the backboard and maybe a little more practice I can add even more dunks into my repertoire.
Alright now that you have seen how Vert Shock worked out for me you may have noticed that I am a big fan of the program.
But there are two small points that I didn’t like about Vert Shock.
I personally would have liked if there was some more explanation on why Vert Shock was designed the way it is.
I am a bit of a bookworm and I just like to know the theoretical foundational of the workout I do.
Now, I know that won’t be relevant for most people but for me personally a little bit more background information would have been nice.
I also feel that the training might be very close to over-training for a lot of people.
So I personally took two days off after week 6 because I grew more tired each day and I read a lot of comments along the same lines.
And I know this problem easily solved by just taking a few days off, but still, I think that could have been stressed more prominently in one of Adams videos!
Onto the stuff I especially liked about Vert Shock.
So first and most obvious it worked! I managed to increase my vertical by eight inches in only eight weeks and reached my goal of being able to dunk before I turn 30.
What’s not to like about that?What I also liked about the program is that you don’t need a gym membership.
So I did all my workouts after work in a nearby park and it was actually great fun and a good diversion from sitting at a desk in the office all day.
If I had to go to a smelly gym five days a week after work I don’t know if I would stick to the program.
And on a related note I really liked how easy Vert Shock is to follow.
The exercises are all done with body weight and they’re easily explained in these short videos and there is not much you can do wrong there.
So, to sum up I would definitely recommend Vert Shock to every basketball player who is determined to increasing his vertical jump.
Now it won’t be easy and you will have to do a lot of work but Vert Shock definitely improves your vertical jump.
Especially to players with no access to a gym or who are not familiar with difficult weight lifting exercises like squats and dead lifts this is the perfect program for you.