Are you tired of watching other basketball players dunk while you can barely touch the rim? Do you want to improve your vertical jump but don't know where to start? If you've been searching for a program to help you achieve your goal, you may have come across Vert Shock.
Vert Shock is an 8-week vertical jump training program created by professional basketball player Adam Folker and top dunker Justin "Jus Fly" Darlington. The program promises to help you add 9-15 inches to your vertical jump through advanced plyometric training.
But is Vert Shock really effective, or is it just another scam? In this honest review, I'll share my experience with the program after 8 weeks of training.
First, let me tell you a little about myself. Like many basketball players, I've always dreamed of being able to dunk. However, at 6ft and without any natural jumping ability, it seemed like an impossible goal.
When I heard about Vert Shock, I was skeptical but decided to give it a shot. After all, what did I have to lose?
Vert Shock is based on techniques used by athletes who participate in professional dunking contests. The goal is to shock your muscles—hence the name of the program. The strategy involves a prep phase, a shock phase and an activation phase for both your slow-twitch and fast-twitch muscle fibers.
This program is not a magic formula. It guides you in ensuring that your technique is correct and provides exercises to improve muscular performance. It involves hard work. This is not like some diet pill that promises that you will lose 30 pounds while you sit on the couch continuing to eat Cheetos. The creators of Vert Shock are not faceless or inexperienced. They are Adam Folker and Justin Darlington.Adam played more than 125 games for the UC Irvine Anteaters, which is an NCAA Division I team in the Big West Conference. He began his collegiate athletic career with a 14-inch vertical, but by the time he had been signed to play in the Czech NBL, he had a 32-inch vertical. Upon retiring, he took what he had learned and laid the groundwork for the original program that would become Vert Shock. And Justin is a Streetball player who has participated in the FIBA 3×3 World Tour. He is a natural dunker who has participated in and won professional dunking contests all over the world. He rose to celebrity when he won the Nike+ Basketball Dunk Showcase in Washington D.C.—where LeBron James was a judge and had brought a great deal of notoriety with him. Darlington and Folker are long-time friends, and Justin helped him polish the program into the final product that is now Vert Shock.
Vert Shock is divided into three phases: Pre-Shock, Shock, and Post-Shock. The Pre-Shock phase lasts for one week and is designed to shock your body into adaptation. It consists of six days of intense jumping with one rest day in the middle.
The Shock phase is the main part of the program and lasts for seven weeks. During this phase, you'll be jumping about four days a week and mixing in some core sessions. At the end of week six, there's a deload before the final two weeks of the program.
The Post-Shock phase is another six days of jumping, mirroring the first week of the program. After completing the eight weeks, there's a maintenance routine you can do once a week to maintain your gains. There's also an advanced follow-up program designed for those who have completed the main program and want to progress to more advanced movements.
One of the best things about Vert Shock is its affordability. At just $67, it's considerably cheaper than many other vertical jump programs on the market. It's also dead simple to get started with. You don't need any equipment, and the workouts are short and punchy. You don't have to read through pages of theory or fill out any questionnaires before starting.
The exercise demonstrations are also top-notch. Adam provides clear instructions and useful cues to help you perform each movement correctly. He also offers alternative exercises if you're unable to do a certain movement.
One of the biggest downsides of Vert Shock is the lack of educational material. While the exercise videos and workout program are great, there's very little theory or explanation behind why the program works. This may not be an issue for everyone, but some people prefer to have a deeper understanding of the principles behind a program.
Another downside is the formatting of the program. The exercises aren't clickable links, so you have to manually navigate to the exercise library to see the video demonstrations if you're unsure of how to do a movement. While this isn't a major issue, it can be a bit annoying if you're short on time.
So, does Vert Shock work? In my experience, yes, it does. After eight weeks of training, I was able to add 3 inches to my vertical jump. While this may not sound like a lot, it's a significant improvement for someone like me who has no natural jumping ability.
However, it's worth noting that everyone's results may vary. Some people may see more significant gains, while others may not see any improvement at all. It's important to remember that any training