For decades, athletes have had to either have incredible natural talent, ingenuity, discipline, or all three to achieve results in vertical jump training and have a vert of 40 inches or more. In the last 5 years, great strides have been made in the vertical jump training field with the release of programs and the development of experts who can guide athletes with correct principles.
Although we've come a long way in the sports of volleyball, basketball, football, and other sports requiring a high vertical jump, unfortunately there are still some persisting myths that make athletes hesitant about starting a program. The following is an explanation of four common myths debunked.
1. Creatine isn't safe/is illegal/shouldn't be used in a workout.
Did you know creatine is produced naturally in the body? Most professional athletes use creatine to help them get the most out of their workout routines. It's completely legal, and is very effective. With that said, do your own research to decide what's best for you. You'll probably learn that as long as you take the correct dosages, maintain a healthy diet, and drink plenty of water, that creatine will be most useful to you in your search for faster, better results.
2. Protein shakes will stunt your growth.
If this were true, then eating 4 cans of tuna a day would do the same. You are free to only receive protein from whole foods such as chicken; protein shakes just makes getting the protein a little easier. Protein is a necessary part of any diet.
3. Even though my muscles are sore, it's okay to continue my workout.
No way. This isn't a good idea. Did you know that recovery is equally important to the workout itself? Never be afraid to take one, two, or even a week's worth of days off if you aren't feeling up to par. Learn to listen to your body. You will get the most out of your workouts that way, and achieve more results.