|After reading SLAM last week, which is one of my favorite magazines, I noticed several advertisements for vertical jump programs; created by guys claiming to be experts at improving a player's explosiveness and athletic ability. Since I had never heard of any of these guys it prompted me to do a quick internet search and I found dozens and dozens of similar sites selling programs, gizmos, gadgets, and even pills that promised to deliver unbelievable improvement in one's vertical jump. As a veteran strength & conditioning coach, it is obvious to me most of these sites and their creators are completely bogus. I actually found myself laughing out loud at some of the claims they made.
After researching further, it is my professional opinion that nearly every one of these programs is a sham. Theses are not credible strength coaches or performance specialists; they are simply con artists who are trying to trick honest kids out of hard earned money. And that is absolutely unacceptable in my eyes.
As a legitimate, long time basketball strength & conditioning coach as well as someone who has a valid, justifiable vertical jump training program on the market (the MVP program), these guys give people like me a bad rap. Their approach is sleazy and unprofessional and it makes me sick to think they make money swindling kids who are desperate to jump higher and improve their game. I don't ever want to be mentioned in the same sentence as these hacks.