Athleticism and jumping ability are something everyone wants to have. There are many ways to get there with some ways harder than others.
This Vert Shock review takes a look at one of the less strenuous ways to increase our vertical jump.
I grew up on basketball and as long as I could remember I spent most of my free time with friends on the court. As we grew up one of the things that bummed me out was when my growth spurt stopped at 6’1”.
If you’re a ball player, you know that this meant having to play against bigger opponents almost all of the time.
Because I was shorter than other people I had to find a way to even things out somehow. It took a while of searching, asking people and experimenting things out but I finally found one thing that worked, the Vert Shock system by Adam Folker.
What is Vert Shock?
The Vert Shock system is a jump training program developed by Adam Folker with the help of Justin Darlington. The two are experienced professional ball players who have put together their years of experience to help others attain better jumping ability.
The system guarantees a gain of 9 to 16 inches in vertical jump height after 8 weeks, or you can ask for your money back.
I’ve done a number of jump workouts and basketball training programs to say that this is surprisingly an effective system, given that it was much simpler (and easier) than than most other training programs I’ve tried.
Let me explain.
- All together, the program lasts for 8 weeks. This is two months of training, but much shorter than other jump programs.
- If you plan on doing this, I suggest you try to set your schedule to fit the 8 weeks.
- Not all days are training days, and there are a lot of rest days and off days. Each training session also lasts under 1 hour which made it simpler to squeeze into my daily schedule.
- Another thing that made it easier was that it did not include heavy weight training or lots of repetitive jumping.
- The Vert Shock system uses plyometric training as its main exercise method. It doesn’t include the use of weights so I didn’t need access to a gym or buy equipment.
Who is Adam Folker?
Adam Folker is the creator of the Vert Shock program.
He plays basketball professionally overseas and played collegiate basketball for the University of California Irvine, on a full scholarship for that Division 1 NCAA program.
Unlike those who born gifted with basketball talents, Folker had to ride the bench during high school and work himself to where he got.
One thing that he did was train his vertical jumping ability using different exercises until he finally improved.
Who is Justin Darlington?
Justin Darlington on the other hand, is considered the best dunker in the world. He travels the world competing in dunk competitions that are judged by pro athletes including some NBA stars.
Darlington includes his insights in the program to share some of the things he’s learned over the years that helped him jump higher than most of us can.
Here’s a look at his leaping ability..
How Does Vert Shock Work?
As mentioned earlier, the entire program lasts for 8 weeks. During that 2 month period, you’ll spend some time training and other times resting for muscle recovery. Staying out away from exercise was just as important as doing the workouts.
The 8 weeks is split into 3 parts:
- Part 1 is the Pre-Shock Phase. This is the first week of training where the body is introduced to some exercises to make it ready to the main workouts during the middle part of the program. Because of the new training, you can gain between 3 to 5 inches in the jump height.
- Part 2 is the Shock Phase. This is the middle 6 weeks where the main training is done and bulk of the results come from. The exercises are shown step by step and the workouts are all listed down in a chart to make them easy to follow.
- Part 3 is the Post-Shock Phase. This is the last week of the 8 weeks. This phase lets the muscle memory get ingrained so that jumping higher becomes automatic to the body.
Vert Shock Results
For my part, I used the system longer than the 8 weeks. In total I used it for 3 months. One of the good things about it was that you could ask Adam Folker to plan it out for you if you wanted to extend the program. Which is what I did.
He explained how to do it to make it effective.
After 3 months of using the Vert Shock program, I was quite happy to see a gain of 12 inches in my vertical jump.
The extra 12 inches really helped my game since it made me play better and gave me more confidence. Two other things that I surprisingly got from using the program was I had more body control and improved in my overall speed.
The Pros and the Cons: A Review
- It increases your vertical jump. There are a lot of programs around that don’t work. Believe me I’ve tried them. I was quite pleased with this one because finally I found something that worked very well.
- It is created by professional basketball players who play the game and use it in game. This is one of the reasons I gave it a try. Folker and Darlington have their reputations on the line. If it’s a crap product, it will definitely affect how other ball players see them.
- No need to use weights, no equipment required. Most jump programs use weights. This means you need to access to weights or buy the equipment. Some people also don’t like using weights because they may prevent you from growing if you’re still young.
- Short sessions. With other programs, training sessions can last for hours. Using Vert shock, the training sessions should be done inside 1 hour.
- Shorter program length at 8 weeks. At 8 weeks it is shorter than most jump higher programs.
- Guides you step by step. The main manual is a PDF to download. The workouts, training charts and exercise videos are also available with every step laid out. A discussion forum is also included for members to share notes.
- You still need to do the work. Unfortunately, it isn’t a magic manual. All the information may be there but you need to drag yourself to train with intensity each time otherwise the results may not be as expected.
- The simplicity may tempt you to add or change things. One thing I saw with others that were using Vert Shock was that because the workouts were short and simple, they added other exercises or did more repetitions.
Vert Shock is a good way to improve your vertical jump.
It delivers good results in a short period of time without you having to overtrain or do a lot of lifting or jumping.
It it a good choice if you don’t like to lift a lot of heavy weights, or don’t have access to a gym, since no weight lifting is included. It uses plyometric drills to get results.