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McGahee
07-04-2007, 06:32 PM
Hey I'm a 6'5'' guy that can't dunk :(, have about a 12inch vert and was wondering what excersizes can help me jump a bit higher?

'cuse-213
07-04-2007, 06:33 PM
Use your legs.

fenikz
07-04-2007, 06:35 PM
Squat, Power Clean, a lot of Core stuff, Sprinting, & Jumping, basically everything besides your upper body

RoyHall#1
07-04-2007, 06:40 PM
Jump up onto a stairstep on the balls of your feet, and then jump back down quickly and then back up etc..

Man_Of_Steel
07-04-2007, 06:43 PM
if your 6'5 and cant dunk I hope your handicapped.

AlexDown
07-04-2007, 06:50 PM
This is all you really need to know.

http://www.wannabebig.com/article.php?articleid=304

Moses
07-04-2007, 06:58 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plyometrics

Damix
07-04-2007, 07:08 PM
Jump in sand

Beans
07-04-2007, 07:09 PM
jump higher

Xonraider
07-04-2007, 07:19 PM
Well, on that matter, how do you improve your 40 yard dash?

jkpigskin
07-04-2007, 07:21 PM
play volleyball,
helped my ups immensely

fenikz
07-04-2007, 07:33 PM
40 is a lot of technique, its best to get a sprinting coach, because just starting off right can shave a good .5 from your time, other than that just do alot of core and leg work out

jbeans187
07-04-2007, 07:59 PM
Use your legs.

Thats awesome

islandboy843
07-04-2007, 08:03 PM
6-5 and cant dunk. Are you ******* serious?

HoopsDemon12
07-04-2007, 08:22 PM
Air Alert!!!!!!!!!!!

255979119
07-04-2007, 08:23 PM
Well who cares. Guys that are 6"5 should be on the line grinding it out. Not playing patty-cake with other thugs.

HoopsDemon12
07-04-2007, 08:24 PM
Well who cares. Guys that are 6"5 should be on the line grinding it out. Not playing patty-cake with other thugs.

hey basketball is a kick ass sport

255979119
07-04-2007, 08:26 PM
hey basketball is a kick ass sport

I am not trying to bash basketball as bad as it sounds. Just trying to show the giants their place is on the line. :D

Shiver
07-04-2007, 08:51 PM
Wow, if I were even 5'11" I could dunk. I wish I had that kind of height.

Damix
07-04-2007, 08:53 PM
Wow, if I were even 5'11" I could dunk. I wish I had that kind of height.



But if you were taller would you still have the same vertical? Almost certainly no.

ricky bobby
07-04-2007, 09:17 PM
I'm 5'11" and can touch rim. I have a relative that is 6'5" - 6'7" and he can't dunk either. Try air alert.

JeffSamardzijaIRISH
07-04-2007, 10:00 PM
Go to a trainer in the gym. They have all kinds of stuff. The way my trainer helps me jump is to squat, then explode into a jump, then land into a squat, then explode into a jump etc...

M.O.T.H.
07-04-2007, 10:03 PM
I'm 5'11" and can touch rim. I have a relative that is 6'5" - 6'7" and he can't dunk either. Try air alert.

They guarantee an improvement of 8-14 inches...that's crazy.

JeffSamardzijaIRISH
07-04-2007, 10:06 PM
They guarantee an improvement of 8-14 inches...that's crazy.

It's nothing any regular trainer can't show you.

M.O.T.H.
07-04-2007, 10:11 PM
It's nothing any regular trainer can't show you.

8-14 inches is a lot...I've never had a problem w/ my vert but, I cant say I've ever seen any of my former teammates increase their verts by that much in the same time w/ our strength and conditioning coach.

simms2clayton
07-04-2007, 10:27 PM
I have the same problem.

Always good at basketball, my height is 6034 (in combine numerals) and I can't jump for ****. Horrible genetics.

RaiderNation
07-04-2007, 10:33 PM
lol im 5'11 and i can almost dunk and im white

JeffSamardzijaIRISH
07-04-2007, 10:38 PM
lol im 5'11 and i can almost dunk and im white

I'm 5'10 and can get rim and I'm asian.

HoopsDemon12
07-04-2007, 10:43 PM
6'3 white and can throw er down two handed

jbeans187
07-04-2007, 11:22 PM
Im 6'1 290 and can do a lisa leslie dunk on a 9 foot rim every now and then haha

'cuse-213
07-04-2007, 11:33 PM
Hello my name is Mike. I have a 26 inch vert. I am 5'8''.

HoopsDemon12
07-04-2007, 11:34 PM
Hello my name is Mike. I have a 26 inch vert. I am 5'8''.

im sure 26 is somewhere around normal isnt it?.... By the way to anyone that saw the other thread... i got my vert measured this afternoon and im at 37 right now.. so im kinda pumped

'cuse-213
07-04-2007, 11:36 PM
Yeah its pretty average. I hope to get past 30 by summer.

damn, 37 is ballin.

HoopsDemon12
07-04-2007, 11:38 PM
Yeah its pretty average. I hope to get past 30 by summer.

damn, 37 is ballin.

the funny thing is the next closest to me on my team is 27 haha... lowest is a 19.... but he is fat slow and sits on the bench... he is the team funny man though

and ya air alert helped me so much

Damix
07-05-2007, 12:25 AM
Now that we know who has the biggest e-dick, can we go back to helping this guy?

ATLDirtyBirds
07-05-2007, 08:07 AM
How old are you? My friends cosuin is like 6'10 and can't dunk, because he's only 16, and the doctor says it's something like he is too uncordinated with his legs, or something like that. Anyways, an oldie is to buy ankle weights, and jump as high as you can on a net, or do jumprope. Then take the weights off and do the same thing again.

bantx
07-05-2007, 11:39 AM
get ur calves bigger, walk on ur toes, get at a squat rack put average weight for u and do calve raises, run stairs.

JeffSamardzijaIRISH
07-05-2007, 11:44 AM
How old are you? My friends cosuin is like 6'10 and can't dunk, because he's only 16, and the doctor says it's something like he is too uncordinated with his legs, or something like that. Anyways, an oldie is to buy ankle weights, and jump as high as you can on a net, or do jumprope. Then take the weights off and do the same thing again.

That could actually end up damaging your ankles. It's not a good idea to do that like it isn't a good idea to run with weights on your ankles because it can put too much stress on them.

Eaglez.Fan
07-05-2007, 11:48 AM
Taller guys usually can't jump very high. A player on my team is 6'3-6'4 he can't dunk and can't jump very high just because he never had to jump to play sports, he was always the tallest. So everyone else was jumping he was just reaching.

HoopsDemon12
07-05-2007, 01:07 PM
How old are you? My friends cosuin is like 6'10 and can't dunk, because he's only 16, and the doctor says it's something like he is too uncordinated with his legs, or something like that. Anyways, an oldie is to buy ankle weights, and jump as high as you can on a net, or do jumprope. Then take the weights off and do the same thing again.

ya ankle wieghts have been proven to be really damaging to you ligaments and ****...

trademaster
07-05-2007, 01:07 PM
Use ankle weights.

'cuse-213
07-05-2007, 01:11 PM
ankle weights = chin splints. chin splints = slight discomfort.

HoopsDemon12
07-05-2007, 01:14 PM
ankle weights = shin splints. shin splints = slight discomfort.

shin splints i fixed it for ya;) and if you get a bad case of them man they hurt like an absolute *****

'cuse-213
07-05-2007, 01:15 PM
haha I put chin splints. that would probably hurt too though.

SeanTaylorRIP
07-05-2007, 01:15 PM
Buy some PF Flyers.

devinhester=R.O.Y 2006
07-05-2007, 01:19 PM
Hey I'm a 6'5'' guy that can't dunk :(, have about a 12inch vert and was wondering what excersizes can help me jump a bit higher?

Man 6'5" and cant throw it down, hell I'm 5'9" and I can atleast get the rim.

ATLDirtyBirds
07-05-2007, 02:04 PM
ya ankle wieghts have been proven to be really damaging to you ligaments and ****...



Not if you wear high tops... well atleast that's what a trainer told my friend and I.

TPFKA#1SaintsFan
07-05-2007, 02:14 PM
Buy some PF Flyers.

My dad actually has a pair of PF Flyers. I dunno if they improved his vertical, though... :p

Seriously, he has these (they are probably the ugliest shoes I've ever seen):
http://www.zappos.com/images/725/7251502/6219-279419-p.jpg

bantx
07-05-2007, 02:27 PM
someone people arent just athletic

TPFKA#1SaintsFan
07-05-2007, 02:33 PM
How old are you? My friends cosuin is like 6'10 and can't dunk, because he's only 16, and the doctor says it's something like he is too uncordinated with his legs, or something like that.

I'm in no way trying to be funny or rude or anything like that, but is he mentally challenged or something? Taking into account arm length, and even factoring in ball clearance, a 6'10" guy would only need something like a 15 inch vertical to be able to dunk. Seriously, who can't do that?

Smokey Joe
07-05-2007, 02:36 PM
plyometrics.

Scar
07-05-2007, 02:38 PM
I could dunk 20 pounds and 10 years ago. Diet at the fountain of youth, you'll be jamming in no time.

cunningham06
07-05-2007, 03:36 PM
A lot of people are mentioning Air alert, what are some of the excersizes in the program?

ATLDirtyBirds
07-05-2007, 03:40 PM
I'm in no way trying to be funny or rude or anything like that, but is he mentally challenged or something? Taking into account arm length, and even factoring in ball clearance, a 6'10" guy would only need something like a 15 inch vertical to be able to dunk. Seriously, who can't do that?


No, he's perfectly fine, he just has trouble balancing his body well. He walks weird too.

M.O.T.H.
07-05-2007, 03:42 PM
No, he's perfectly fine, he just has trouble balancing his body well. He walks weird too.

I have a 6'7 friend who was the same way...he couldnt dunk until last year...his senior year in high school. Pretty sad when I can dunk but, he couldnt...I cant rag on him anymore though...he's much more coordinated and he dunks w/ relative ease now.

TPFKA#1SaintsFan
07-05-2007, 03:47 PM
No, he's perfectly fine, he just has trouble balancing his body well. He walks weird too.

Did he have like a huge growth spurt out of nowhere? That seems like the only reason why he'd be so uncoordinated.

ATLDirtyBirds
07-05-2007, 03:48 PM
Did he have like a huge growth spurt out of nowhere? That seems like the only reason why he'd be so uncoordinated.


Can't say for sure, I didn't know him for that long.

HoopsDemon12
07-05-2007, 03:49 PM
Did he have like a huge growth spurt out of nowhere? That seems like the only reason why he'd be so uncoordinated.

that would defiantly do it... my freind at the begining of last summer was 5'10.... he is 6'5 now... he has all sorts of balance and leg and back porblems now though from that

TPFKA#1SaintsFan
07-05-2007, 03:51 PM
Can't say for sure, I didn't know him for that long.

Well I've heard about things like that happening. People grow too much in a short period of time and it throws off their coordination. I remember my high school basketball coach telling me about a kid he'd coached years earlier who grew like 7 inches over the summer and had to re-learn how to walk.

Moses
07-05-2007, 09:22 PM
I grew too fast and the ligaments (I think, maybe tendons?) on my knees began to tear loose. Basically gave me excruciating pain throughout high school. It's better now but still bothers me from time to time. Jumping, running, and especially skating really hurt my knees.

princefielder28
07-05-2007, 09:24 PM
I grew too fast and the ligaments (I think, maybe tendons?) on my knees began to tear loose. Basically gave me excruciating pain throughout high school. It's better now but still bothers me from time to time. Jumping, running, and especially skating really hurt my knees.

tendons more likely b/c ligaments are what holds the knee together and allows you to function. You probably had Osgood Schlatter as well; thats a *****!

Moses
07-05-2007, 09:27 PM
tendons more likely b/c ligaments are what holds the knee together and allows you to function. You probably had Osgood Schlatter as well; thats a *****!

Sounds like it was Osgood Schlatter. I forget what my doctor said but the description I found of Osgood Schlatter when I Googled it matches up pretty well with my symptoms.

SuperKevin
07-05-2007, 09:33 PM
I really want to do something about this but in reality I know I have no future in basketball now so dunking is useless.

princefielder28
07-05-2007, 09:34 PM
I really want to do something about this but in reality I know I have no future in basketball now so dunking is useless.

no it isn't; even if you don't dunk in games you can put a show on in practice

Moses
07-05-2007, 09:35 PM
no it isn't; even if you don't dunk in games you can put a show on in practice

Problem is that once you leave high school, there is no practice. ;)

SuperKevin
07-05-2007, 09:36 PM
Problem is that once you leave high school, there is no practice. ;)

Exactly. I can care less if I dunk in front of my co-workers during pickup games seeing how our games always just invlove lots and lots of jump shots

princefielder28
07-05-2007, 09:38 PM
Problem is that once you leave high school, there is no practice. ;)

yeah forgot I'm not in high school anymore and neither are alot of you so practice doesn't exist.

Moses
07-05-2007, 09:38 PM
Exactly. I can care less if I dunk in front of my co-workers during pickup games seeing how our games always just invlove lots and lots of jump shots

I still play semi-competetive but I have enough trouble staying motivated lifting weights and running, let alone adding a jump program to my repertoire. Still, cramming on somebody would be a lot of fun.

HoopsDemon12
07-05-2007, 10:19 PM
I still play semi-competetive but I have enough trouble staying motivated lifting weights and running, let alone adding a jump program to my repertoire. Still, cramming on somebody would be a lot of fun.

i did it in a comunity game... wow so much fun because you can trash talk the kid for the rest of his life

McGahee
07-05-2007, 10:40 PM
Thanks to all the guys that actually tried helping here. I'll elaborate a bit on my situation:

About 3-4 years ago I was the one of the shortest kids in my gym class, and I hit a huge growth spurt over the last 2-3 years. I'm 18, and am athletic and all that but I just can't jump high. When we're playing ball I usually have to play down low, and I have no problem getting rebounds and blocks due to my lankyness. But I really want to be able to dunk because when you get those plays where you beat your man and have a clear lane to the basket and you want to finish in style so you jump as high as you can, but still have to lay it in - it kinda sucks and would be nice to dunk :).

Another issue I have is that my shoes are rediculiously uncomfortable. I used to have some nice And1's that had heel supports and my feet were fine, but I got these new And1's without the heel supports and I had shin splints my first 3 weeks of wearing them - I assumed it was just since my feet were getting used to switching shoes. But the shoes I have now are very uncomfortable for ball, and I feel like sometimes when I jump I do it off of my heels and not the front part. Also I feel less mobile in these shoes. My bro who has been playing competitive ball and volleyball for a while now is the same height and can dunk, but he also got these shoes too (they look real nice) and he is having problems moving around in them and lifting off of them. So it may be time to look into a new pair.

Also, this Air Time that some of you speak of is it a program? How does it work? And some people at work told me about certain shoes that are designed to help in that category, anyone know about this?

Thanks for the help everyone.

HoopsDemon12
07-05-2007, 10:46 PM
Thanks to all the guys that actually tried helping here. I'll elaborate a bit on my situation:

About 3-4 years ago I was the one of the shortest kids in my gym class, and I hit a huge growth spurt over the last 2-3 years. I'm 18, and am athletic and all that but I just can't jump high. When we're playing ball I usually have to play down low, and I have no problem getting rebounds and blocks due to my lankyness. But I really want to be able to dunk because when you get those plays where you beat your man and have a clear lane to the basket and you want to finish in style so you jump as high as you can, but still have to lay it in - it kinda sucks and would be nice to dunk :).

Another issue I have is that my shoes are rediculiously uncomfortable. I used to have some nice And1's that had heel supports and my feet were fine, but I got these new And1's without the heel supports and I had shin splints my first 3 weeks of wearing them - I assumed it was just since my feet were getting used to switching shoes. But the shoes I have now are very uncomfortable for ball, and I feel like sometimes when I jump I do it off of my heels and not the front part. Also I feel less mobile in these shoes. My bro who has been playing competitive ball and volleyball for a while now is the same height and can dunk, but he also got these shoes too (they look real nice) and he is having problems moving around in them and lifting off of them. So it may be time to look into a new pair.

Also, this Air Time that some of you speak of is it a program? How does it work? And some people at work told me about certain shoes that are designed to help in that category, anyone know about this?

Thanks for the help everyone.

airalert.com.... all you need to know... and the shoes are crap

SuperKevin
07-05-2007, 10:49 PM
I still play semi-competetive but I have enough trouble staying motivated lifting weights and running, let alone adding a jump program to my repertoire. Still, cramming on somebody would be a lot of fun.

Yeah I play in a lot of good rec leagues and might actually play on a marine corps travelling team this winter but I realize my strength is and always will be my jump shot so dunking is not a priority

255979119
07-06-2007, 12:16 AM
I found a way to improve my vert by 3-4 feet. It was insane


























Trampoline

ripdw27
07-06-2007, 02:09 AM
squat helps big time, i squatted a lot in gym class and improved my vertical 4 inches in less then 8 weeks(squatting 2 days a week)