How The Jump Manual Help Me Increase My Vertical Over Air Alert

By Will Flores

My vertical jump height has always been an issue with me, so I decided to check out some programs that claim to add inches. The first one, Air Alert, claims to add 8 to 14 inches more onto the end of your jump. The other program, The Jump Manual, supposedly adds many more than that. It bases achievable jump height not on preformed notions of how to train and for what length of time, but on the individual. The Jump Manual creator promises email assistance, and even provides forums where you can chat with a bunch of other people who are also using the program. Air Alert seems like more of a mechanical program with less of a personal touch – the Starbucks of the training world pushing conformity and rote results, as opposed to the local coffee house, celebrating originality and full potential.

The guy who created The Jump Manual has personal experience with pretty much every type of training program out there, including college programs, stair running, strength shoes, and yes, even Air Alert! He wasn’t able to get the results he wanted with any of these, so he did extensive research to find out how he could add the maximum number of inches possible to his jump. I’m not sure who devised Air Alert, but The Jump Manual was obviously created by someone who has been where his clients are now. He speaks from personal experience, and The Jump Manual reflects that.

The person behind The Jump Manual realizes that nutrition is a very, very important factor in increasing the height of a jump. Air Alert never mentions nutrition – it’s focused on training muscles, tendons, and ligaments, like the Achilles. I was a little leery of the nutritional aspect at first, since I prefer to take my diet advice from a nutritionist, but The Jump Manual has been reviewed by physicians. Plus, the holistic approach to improving jump height appealed to me right away, since I know there are a ton of factors involved in priming a body to be as effective as possible.

The Jump Manual focuses on muscle quickness and strength, while Air Alert seems more geared toward endurance training. Air Alert emphasizes the same repetitive exercises so that your body memorizes them. The Jump Manual takes your brain into account – it uses neurological means to engage your body, focusing on getting both strength and quickness in the same muscle contraction. Personally, I’d rather work to my full potential instead of forcing my body to memorize how to add on a preset amount of inches.

Like I said, The Jump Manual seems like more of a holistic program, taking into account many different factors. It mentions nine variables, which include balance, fuel, form, stamina, and flexibility, as well as the whole proper nutritional aspect. Air Alert seems to focus almost entirely on muscle training, with a huge focus on ligaments and tendons, buttocks, thighs, and calves. The Jump Manual, on the other hand, recommends low repetitions with a higher intensity. It is against what Air Alert calls “Habitual Jump Training,” which emphasizes repetition and endurance. The Jump Manual seems like a smarter way of training, focusing on quality over quantity. I’d rather train with a brain than work my muscles to death and get less desirable results.