How Does Michael Jordan Jump So High?

Aug 29, 2014 |

It’s not a secret that Michael Jordan has an incredible ability to jump. His hang time was clocked at a record .91 seconds. That might not seem like a lot at first, but if you were to time how long you can stay in the air after you jump I bet you’d be lucky to break .5 seconds.

So, how is it that MJ can jump so high. Well, my friend Pat over at Flight Basketball wrote a great article at the following URL on vertical jump workouts

If you’re looking for a great jump program you can also check out his thorough review of the jump manual.

Back to the subject.

MJ followed a few simple principles to increase his vert. It basically comes down to the following steps.

Use progressive overload:

This means that every time you perform a workout you need to be increasing the amount of weight you’re lifting or the number of reps you are doing.

This will force your body to adapt to the increased training pressure thus improving your vertical. MJ used this technique by pushing himself harder in each workout session and ensuring that his body was at its max when he was performing each exercise.

I would highly recommend that you take a pen and paper to the gym when you go. This will allow you to track every rep, set, and weight that you use.

If you think you can remember from week to week, you’re wrong. You’ll most likely find that you think you’re lifting more weight when you’re actually just doing the same thing week in and week out.

Focus on good nutrition:

If you want to jump higher you’re going to have to follow a good diet plan. This means eating lots of protein and cutting back on carbs.

jump higherProtein is what helps your muscles rebuild after a hard workout. Without enough protein you’re going to find that you actually get weaker, or in the best case scenario you will just stagnate.

I recommend about 1g of protein per pound of body weight.

Keep in mind that you should never totally cut carbs. Anyone who promotes a diet that completely cuts out any vital nutrients (protein, fat, carbs, etc.) has no idea what they are talking about.

Your body needs carbs for energy, so you should eat them in the morining (have something like oatmeal) and right before your workout. You can also eat carb rich foods after a workout if you’d like.

The problem with eating too many carbs is that they tend to get stored easily by your body if they are not used. This turns into fat, and if you have too much fat on your body you obviously won’t be able to jump higher.

Get plenty of rest:

Jordan may have been a hard worker, but he also found time to rest his body. If you don’t get enough rest you’re going to find that you won’t gain much on your vertical jump.

A lack of rest is something called over training. This means that your body has not been given enough time to repair the muscles after a workout.

You should aim to work out 3 or 4 days per week but no more than that. Anymore than 4 days can cause serious damage to your muscles that you won’t have time to recover from.


I hope this information has helped you figure out how to increase your vertical jump. If you keep these tips in mind I’m certain you will be able to jump higher in no time!

Love, James, and Irving Together in Cleveland?

Aug 9, 2014 |

There has been a lot of talk recently that Kevin Love may be joining the Cleveland Cavs with Lebron James.

Over the decades, the idea of creating a big 3 has become more popular among superstars looking to create an unstoppable team. One of the best known is Jordan, Pippen, and Rodman. That trio went on to win 6 championships together.f

Kobe and Shaq are close to that career total with 5 each, but neither of them were able to eclipse MJ at 6.

A Love(ly) Combination?

In his quest to match or even exceed Michael Jordan, Lebron has decided to move from his initial big three in Miami to his potential new big three back home in Cleveland.

The addition of PF Kevin Love would add a huge boost to the Cavs offensive ability…not that they needed much of a boost with James and Irving on the floor together already.

The one concern in my mind is that Kevin Love isn’t really known for his defensive prowess. It’s going to be difficult for the Cavs to win a championship without defensive stopping power.

If they can find a way to bring out a defensive presence they will be well on their way to competing at the highest level in the league.


I thought I’d leave you with some highlights of each of this potential big 3. We’ll start this one off with LBJ.

Next up is Kevin Love. Notice how much control he has for a guy who is 6′ 10”. Not many guys that big can be as smooth as him. That’s probably the reason he was the 4th leading scorer during 2014.

Last but not least we will take a look at Irving. He is one of the most exciting pointguards to watch in the league right now. Keep an eye on him when he pairs with Lebron!

Welcome to Basket Forever!

Jul 26, 2014 | | Say something

Hello, and welcome to our new site. This site is dedicate to all things basketball, and it’s going to be full of content that’s going to help athletes out there.

If you are new to the sport, we will be providing training tips and tricks to help you get started. If you’re a veteran and are looking to improve your game we will also be catering to you!

Needless to say, there is going to be something for everyone on this site no matter your skill level.

From time to time we’ll talk about news that going on in the NBA and around the basketball world. This include player trades and other topics of discussion that we think our readers might find useful.

In that sense, this will be sort of a news site as well as a training and athletics site.

We will list some of the best products out there for training your game and getting the most out of your abilities. This include hoops, shot devices, exercise programs, etc. It’s all going to be here in this one stop shop.

We are a small team of dedicated individuals, and we will do our best to keep this site updated.

Craig, our training manager, always teases me about my obsession with Lebron. So with that said, here is a video of Lebron for you to enjoy!