My mom said something like, “Governor Christie just got LAP-BAND surgery”. I spit out my drink and say, “Lapdance surgery what kind of surgery is that!”…
I just find it weird just how quick your body adjust to the sleep schedule of your lifestyle. When I was in high school I had to get up everyday at 6am and be to school by seven and soon even on weekends I was waking up at 6am. During college all of my classes didn’t begin until 1pm except for one on Mondays (9am). So, I found myself waking up around 10am everyday and it was extremely hard for me to get to that monday class.
Recently, I had a job where I would have to get up at 430 and be be to work by 530am and for the longest I would do that religiously. However, now that I’ve stopped working there I’m finding it hard to be up even around 8am.
I must be at a new low point in my life because I actually looked at this ad: http://jerseyshore.craigslist.org/tfr/4221392151.html which is for MMA cagefighters for a promotion that is just starting up. They’re offering $150 to the winner of each fight and $75 to the loser. I feel like its a low point in my life because I actually considered it. I said to myself, “hmmmm well that would be quick money, but with $150 they surely can’t have insurance and if you lose your medical bills will probably cost more than $75″…Then I thought, “man this is probably how spiderman felt before he took that cage fight in the movie”.
I secretly think that I am one of the greatest battle rappers of all time. I come up with dope lyrics randomly, but only 3 or 4 bars at a time. One day, I’ll put them all together, go to a King Of The Dot tournament, dominate, and retire…
Today, the woman at the bagel shop decided that she was going to make me sick. It was almost as if she just dipped my bagel into a pool of cream cheese. Only the very top of it didn’t have cream cheese smothered all over it. Now, I am lactose intolerant but I can handle a little cheese. There was so much cheese on this bagel that I only ate a quarter of it and I was sick for half the day.
I am on a little hiatus from writing about plyometrics.
I am going to post a few personal entries just to keep the site updated and fresh.
Lets start off with a rant. How come whenever I invite my friends to an awesome event they’re always like, “who else is coming?” Or they ask me to go into a ton of detail to try and convince them of why they should go. Every time this happens I feel like Maximus in Gladiator, “Am I not enough for you, are you not entertained!”
The jump manual is a great program and I was able to gain 7 inches on my vertical leap from it. Personally, I felt that the program was very actionable and I didn’t really have to change a lot in my life (schedule, gym membership, equipment, diet) to get results from the program.To me that is one of the most important aspects of the program because you could have the most high tech cutting edge program of all time but if it is a complete hassle most people are not going to do it. Jacob Hiller takes all the best vertical leap enhancement technology, simplifies it and compresses it very neatly into the Jump Manual.
The jump manual is great because Jacob Hiller takes a minimalist approach to giving you the best results. He simplifies everything so that you only focus on the important aspects of vertical leap improvement. Sure, there are 100s of vertical leap exercises that you could be doing, but Jacob narrows it down to the best few and shows you how to do them correctly so that you will get the optimal results. Every exercise comes with a detailed description and pictures/video. Personally I really benefited from his selection of abdominal exercises. In fact, there was an abdominal exercise that he brings up in his program that I had used before and forgotten about. After starting his program I started doing it again and I saw some great results from it. Results were so good that I do it almost everyday now. I also like that has 2 jump technique specific exercises that I hadn’t seen elsewhere that are very effective.
The secret behind the results you get from the exercises is that they are based on science. He breaks everything down for you but he makes it very simple and gives you the main few terms that you will need to know ( along with a definitions glossary at the end of the eBook). This is great because I seen other programs that go way too much into the scientific explanations and end up just confusing the hell out of you. I think that programs should be as easy as possible and encourage action and Jacob has done just that. Everything is short and sweet. Even the workout progression itself follows a very simple format. It is only 2 weeks of changing material then you run through this cycle again but you make 2 or three small changes to it. This is great compared to some of the constantly changing weight schemes and equations I have seen in some other programs that don’t work as well/at all.
One of the stronger points of this program is Jacob’s focus on diet. He takes a decent amount to address just how important your diet is. He doesn’t get obsessive and micromanage everything that you eat, instead he gives you the big picture and lets you fill in the lines. He focus on proteins, carbohydrates and fats and two supplements you should be taking and that’s it. It doesn’t sound like much but he addresses it in a way that really inspires the reader athlete to take action. The best way that I can explain it is that other programs usually only have a one paragraph section devoted to diet. These sections have always made me feel like when we were talking about my diet it was almost as if we were studying a diagram in Grey’s anatomy book. While when Jacob talks about it you can really connect with him and yourself because he’s saying, “this is what is happening in your body right now, and this is what will happen if you change your diet, Isn’t that awesome.” Jacob’s take was a welcome change from the diet sections of other ebooks which usually only mentioned drinking 8 glasses of water a day or went totally overboard suggesting that there were 30 essential foods that you needed to be eating everyday in order to increase your vertical leap.
Overall, I liked this program so much because Jacob Hiller has a training philosophy that really gels with me. Before I started vertical leap training I had a coach who had the exact same philosophy as Jacob and it all comes down to quality over quantity (Jacob explains it a little different in the program). However, don’t get me wrong, your working smart but you still are working hard. Also another great aspect is that you can miss one or two workouts in this program come back to where you left off and see great results. This is golden because something always comes up, travel, sickness, soreness etc. And this ability to take a day or two off without losing your results is great. I really found it funny how other programs would make claims that if you missed a day or a workout that the program would not work. If you miss one workout and the program doesn’t work what does that say about these other programs? Also what will happen to your results from those kind of programs when you stop doing them? With The Jump Manual by Jacob Hiller you don’t have to worry about all of that. His results have stayed with me since I finished the program almost a year ago. In fact, the jump manual has a money back guarantee. So, there is absolutely nothing holding you back. Just imagine what it would be like if you reached your athletic goals what would that look like how would your life be different. Now let that vision be your motivation and go through the program with that in your mind. And if you don’t get that then you can turn the program back in for a full refund. It’s a win-win situation.
You can find the Jump Manual program here
Flying in 4 by kelly Baggett and Alex Maroko was a very solid vertical leap program. During the program I gained about 2-3 inches (from a 38″-41″ vertical leap). While my friend who has never done vertical leap training before gained around 6″ in the first 3 weeks.
To start off you can tell that Kelly Baggett and Alex put a lot of research into the psychology of creating an effective program because they have a very well written FAQ section and the program begins with a contract that you are to print out and sign and hang somewhere that you will see everyday. I think that this contract adds a great little touch to the program because every self development book and teacher will tell you that if you want to achieve anything you need to write your goals down (statistics say that those who write down their goals are about 75% more likely to achieve them than those who don’t).
What I really love about the program is that it gives you something to do every single day. For me this was crucial because it made me feel like I was making progress everyday and kept me from looking for more things to do like I would during the off days of other programs.
Another thing that I really liked about the program was that the workouts were effective but not hard. Every time I did one of the Intermediate level (there are three levels beginner, intermediate, and advanced) workouts I was finished in 45 minutes and I wasn’t really tired. In fact, I felt like I could immediately go into another workout. This is great because I’ve noticed that many people never complete the vertical leap programs they buy because at a certain point they feel like the exercises and the time they are putting into the workouts is too much. Kelly makes everything about this program very easy. He also includes pictures of all the exercises and alternatives so that you are never at a loss. Because of Kelly’s alternatives I was still able to complete my workouts in my apartment complex while my gym was closed for 2 days.
For all of the reasons listed above I feel that Kelly Baggett’s flying in four is a must have program because it is so easy to follow and the exercises are arranged so that a beginner to an advanced athlete can follow them without much effort and it will add inches to your vertical leap
Check out Kelly Baggett’s Flying in Four