You’ve probably read tons of Jump Manual reviews online trying to figure out if you should get it. You’ve probably noticed that most of those reviews also appear to be written by people who are just trying to market the program. This made me a bit frustrated, so I decided to write this review based on my actual experience with the program.
For several years (including my entire high school basketball career) I struggled to find a program that would increase my vertical jump. I primarily focused my efforts on the Air Alert program (versions 1, 2 and 3). Unfortunately, I never saw much improvement.
Please note that this is not my attempt to bash other programs. However, I do think it’s fair to voice my opinion about programs I’ve tried and the results I’ve gotten. I think that it’s also fair to you as a consumer and as an athlete to be able to receive accurate information.
After my senior year of high school I decided to move on to other programs. The first one I came across was the Jump Manual. I had never heard of Jacob Hiller (the author), but I had heard good things from other athletes who had used the program. Since I had nothing to lose, I decided to try it out.
My Results After 12 Weeks
Since I was trying something new I wanted to make sure I followed the program as closely as possible to make sure I got an accurate assessment of its effectiveness. Unfortunately, I did miss 1 full week of training due to a sprained ankle. The good thing is that I still ended up with good results.
After 12 weeks of training with the program I managed to gain 8 inches on my vertical jump. This was awesome for me! It was the first time that I had really seen results from all of my hard work, and it was a huge relief for me to see that I had finally found something that worked.
Feedback From Other Users
My results listed above are from almost 5 years ago. I was probably one of the earlier users of the program, so there weren’t many testimonials to go off of at that point. I just had to hope that it was going to work. Fortunately, it did!
I’ve gotten feedback from other people who have had similar results to mine. Below is a video from a guy who got his first dunk after using the JM. This video shows the first time he was able to get a dunk. I remember how my first dunk felt, and there’s nothing like it! If that’s not motivation for you to try this program I don’t know what is.
Jack Woodrup, a vertical jump trainer I highly respect, also had this to say about Jacob Hiller’s program.
Will You Gain 10 Inches in 12 Weeks?
Gaining 10 inches in 12 weeks is definitely possible. However, I should mention that it’s also very difficult. If you want to achieve that sort of success you’re going to need to follow the program exactly. Even then you’re not guaranteed to gain that much. Just trying to be honest with you.
What I can tell you is that there are certain things you should do to make sure you get the best results from the program. Below are a few simple things I learned by using the program that would have helped me gain more inches.
- Watch what you eat! It’s very important that you don’t put on fat during your training. Any non-functional weight (e.g., fat) that you put on is going to greatly limit your gains. Eat healthy foods and avoid sugars and fats.
- Train like you mean it. If you want awesome results, you need to train like it. When you do the workouts you can’t just go through the motions and call it a day. You really need to put all your effort into each rep of each exercise. If you don’t force your body to think that it needs to jump higher through intense training and progressive overload, you won’t jump higher. Period.
- Don’t overtrain. Back when I did the program I was under the impression that more was better. I added in several exercises on top of what was already prescribed in the program thinking that this would help me get better gains. Wrong! This is referred to as overtraining, and if you workout too much you might actually lose gains. Luckily, I still gained a substantial amount of inches, but I think I could have done better.
Things I Would Like to See Added to the Program
Without a doubt, the Jump Manual is an excellent program that gets results. However, this wouldn’t be a proper review without noting a couple of things that I would like to see improved.
First, I would like it if Jacob would add a follow-up beyond the 12 weeks. What I mean is that once you are done with the 12 weeks there isn’t really anywhere to go except back to the beginning and start over again. I guess the one thing that kind of covers this is Jacob’s persistent push for progressive overload. This basically means that each week you step up the reps, weight or both. Doing the 12 week cycle again with higher reps/weights should do the trick…but it would just be nice to have a little variety added.
The second thing is that the visual descriptions of the exercises in the program aren’t all that great. They are basically just animated GIF images. That being said, they still do a pretty good job of teaching you how to do the plyometric and weight lifting exercises. I guess it’s more of an aesthetic complaint than anything else.
So, would I recommend this program? As you probably guessed, yes! I’ve had great results with the program, and as you saw in the above video other people have, too.
If you really want to improve your vertical jump and overall athletic ability you need to get it. Being able to jump over and dominate your opponents is an awesome feeling! And for those of you seeking your first dunk, you’ll be feeling like Michael Jordan when you first get it. I know I did!
If you have any questions about the program please leave a comment below. I’d be more than happy to help out fellow JM users.
Also, if you’ve used the program before please leave your thoughts in the comment section. I’m always interested to hear about other people’s experiences.