As a basketball player, I never got anywhere near professional level. I’d call myself a recreational basketball player, but I always enjoyed playing in different local leagues. And like a lot of guys out there, I always dreamed of putting on a show in the layup line before a game.
About two years ago I did four weeks of the Jump Manual program with a friend. After that, I could squeeze in a one-handed dunk on a very good day. (Check out my detailed comparison of Vert Shock vs Jump Manual if you want to know more.)
If you have ever dunked a basketball, maybe even on a smaller basket, you know how great it feels. Since I was a kid, I have dreamed of being a high riser like Vince Carter or Lebron James. I wanted to rattle the rim consistently and with authority!
Unfortunately, once I got my first real job I did not have the discipline to hit the gym as often and I spent WAY too many evenings on the couch, eating potato chips and binging on Netflix.
My athleticism suffered. I got slower and less explosive every year. I was hobbling around like Tim Duncan—if Tim Duncan had zero knees instead of one. After last basketball season ended I was so annoyed by my lack of hops, I vowed to change!
I set one goal: To be able to dunk before I turn 30!
Sure, I wanted to improve my overall athleticism – to regain my first step. But, I really wanted to hammer the ball through the net (and maybe hang on the rim for a while).