Vertical Jump Nutrition is something that is arguably just as important as the vertical jump training, itself.
Take a look at why from this common scenario…
You’re currently training under a professional and comprehensive vertical jump training program that is designed specifically for your training objective. This is a vertical jump program that has worked for many before. You’re undertaking this program with great consistency and effort, leaving no stone unturned. You follow the rest periods to a tee; you monitor your loads and progress accordingly. You think to yourself, “There’s not much more I can do with my training”, expecting great results.
Then the results don’t come. And you feel unenergetic, lacking motivation.
If you’re recovering well from training, I could almost guarantee you need to take a look at your vertical jump nutrition plan (if you have one!).
You see, part of your vertical jump training plan takes place in the kitchen, in the form of a vertical jump nutrition plan. Prepare here, and you give yourself the best chance in the gym. With no further ado, here are 5 professionally-guided vertical jump nutrition tips that EVERY athlete should know AND implement:
Vertical Jump Nutrition Tip #1 – Time your meals and snacks
With many strategies associated with training your body, timing is key, and vertical jump nutrition is no exception.
Firstly, ingest a predominantly high carbohydrate, high GI snack within half an hour prior to your training session. Secondly, ingest a high protein and high carbohydrate snack within half an hour after your training session.
To add to the importance of timing your meals and snacks, perhaps the most important vertical jump nutrition tip you can be given is to eat every 2-3 hours. Vertical Jump Training requires a high intensity, where soft, hard and connective tissues are placed under high demand in short and sharp doses. As a result, your body needs the fuel to not only train, but to adapt accordingly to jump-specific demands of power training.
Particularly amongst younger trainees, this last point is more often than not missed. On a weekly basis, I hear of another athlete who often leaves at least 5 hours between meals or snacks. And then they wonder why they don’t see results! When undertaking a regular training regime, it is vital you supply your body with a consistent supply of energy (carbohydrate) and building blocks (protein).
Here at JumpHigher Science, we are under no illusions that people are able to have meals and snacks brought to them on a platter every 2-3 hours. We all lead busy lives! But this doesn’t mean we need to ignore the first vertical jump nutrition tip!
Prepare snacks and meals the night before and pack them all into a small esky or lunch box in the morning before work, training or school. Remember that if you’re hungry, you’re not abiding by vertical jump nutrition tip #1!
Vertical Jump Nutrition Tip #3 – Ingest plenty of Protein AND Carbohydrate
Go to any “physical training” forum with the topic of supplements and nutrition, and you’re bound to see the word, “protein” being used 24 times in every sentence. Why, I’m not so sure. Don’t’ get me wrong, when regularly training, protein demands do increase as they are the bricks that build upon the muscular foundation, however, without carbohydrates to fuel the bricklaying, those bricks are simply wasted in the form of very expensive urine!
If you’re a subscriber to our website, you’ll already know the importance of hydration. If not, find out why this is vertical jump nutrition tip #4 by clicking here.
Vertical Jump Nutrition Tip #5 – Ingest Omega 3!
Omega 3? Why Omega 3?
Omega 3 is a fatty acid that is one of the super-nutrients for the human mind and body. But I’ll skip the details for this post.
All you need to know is that Omega 3 is brilliant at maintain healthy joints. Since sports that require a good vertical jump can also place high demand on the knees, hips and ankles, Omega 3 certainly needs to be looked at as a chronic injury-prevention strategy.
As our members will already be aware, here at JumpHigher Science, we place a large emphasis on injury prevention – because fewer injuries means more time training, getting results and competing in the sport you love! Hence, Omega 3 makes our top 5 Vertical Jump Nutrition Tips!
Important Note: If you choose to ingest Omega 3 through supplementation, be sure to have it with a meal for optimal uptake.
We felt it was important to write a post on vertical jump nutrition because of the neglect this particular area of vertical jump training is receiving across many different sports and levels of athletes – from amateur to semi-professional, to elite.
It is my hope now that after reading this post, you will offer more attention to your vertical jump nutrition activities and place enough importance on it.
Finally, sign up to the JumpHigher Science Training System today to receive a FREE nutrition eBook.
Oh, and don’t forget to comment below!