- 1 My Failed Attempts at Dunking
- 2 Why I decided To Try This Program
- 3 What Is Vert Shock?
- 4 How The Program Works
- 5 My Progress
- 6 The Workouts, Exercises & Phases
- 7 Does Vert Shock Really Work?
- 8 My Results After 8 Weeks
- 9 Vert Shock Pros & Cons
- 9.1 Pros
- 9.2 Cons
- 10 What Can You Expect From The Program?
- 11 Free PDF Ebook for Download
- 12 Conclusion
Today I decided to do something different and go out of my regular routine. I decided to open up my blog for a guest who has a very unusual story.
This guy is a 30 year old athlete who was continually struggling with his jump.
He tried many ways to increase his vertical but it wasn’t until recently that he finally got his breakthrough.
His success is the result of the new Vert Shock program which is making a lot of buzz in our industry lately and has changed the way most people think about vertical jump training.
Hey Guys, this is Josh here and thanks for checking out my review.
The reason I created this post is because I love playing basketball, but like many others I have a problem – I can’t dunk!
Now I know there are worse problems to have, right!?
But maybe this situation is familiar to you?
It’s before a basketball game and you’re warming up, there is a layup line, you’re doing your picture perfect right-foot left-foot layup and the ball goes off the glass and into the rim.
But then there’s this guy behind you who’s holding his own dunk contest and is getting all the attention from the crowd.
Or maybe you’re out on the playground practicing your 3-pointer/free-throws, and again there’s this other guy who’s working on his 360 windmill…
Well… my plan was to become that guy!
To achieve this I decided to follow the 8 week Vert Shock training system by Adam Folker and Justin Jus Fly Darlington.
Who Am I?
Alright, before I continue let me introduce myself real quick:My name is Josh, I’m 30 years old, born and raised in Southern California, and unfortunately I’m only 6 feet tall, which sucks because it means no easy dunks for me.
It’s quite embarrassing to be honest, but I’ve never even dunked a basketball before.
Even when I was a senior at my high-school team, the best I could do is just touch the rim, but I’ve never tasted how it really felt to dunk. I would watch other 6’0 players on my team dunking and I could only jealous at them.
I think there are lots of basketball players out there who can relate to my story and would love to increase their vertical enough to finally be able to dunk.
I also promised myself that if I ever find something that works I’d go out there and share my experience with the world!
That’s why I decided to create this post and share my review with you. Hopefully my results by the end of the program will motivate you to take action and commit to the training!
My Failed Attempts at Dunking
During my 30 years of existence on this earth I came across numerous “tricks” and “shortcut” programs that claimed to have the ability to increase my vertical.
I tried many of these programs…
I did Air-Alert, jump soles, strength shoes, Vertical Mastery, 50 Inch Vertical, Flying In 4 and the list goes on…
Allow me to spare you the time and money – 80% of the stuff you find out there is just rubbish and scam that simply doesn’t work.
I’ve also come across some good programs that were legit such as The Jump Manual program which did actually help me.
However, I was looking for something faster and something that didn’t involve me having to go to the gym because I hate lifting weights to be honest, it’s just not my thing, and I’ve always preferred a good cardio workout out in the open over lifting weights in the gym.
Why I decided To Try This Program
Looks Legit & Not A Scam
Good Reviews & Testimonials
Does Not Require A Gym
Full 60 Day Money-Back Guarantee
The program comes with a Full 60 Day Money-Back Guarantee, so I thought to myself if this thing doesn’t work, I could at least get my money back.
Vert Shock looked legit as it was created by two very credible guys, one is Adam Folker, a Pro basketball player, and the other is Justin Jus Fly Darlington, a famous award winning elite dunker and a vertical jump expert.
These two have a reputation to consider, therefore it was highly unlikely they’d create a product that is scam.
There were good reports of it on the net and the official site of Vert Shock was filled with customer reviews and testimonials from people all over the world who tried the program and had good experience with it.
This further strengthened my belief that the product was worth looking at.
This was really a big thing for me and it’s what got me into this program.
As said earlier, I’m the type of guy who likes to do his training outdoors and work my body instead of working the weights.
Vert Shock was just the thing I was looking for, there’s no weight lifting involved and no equipment necessary, and you can basically do it from anywhere you want.
Plus the cost was just 67 bucks after a discount, which is really not a lot assuming the program delivered on its promise.
So I dived right in and bought the program without thinking twice…
What Is Vert Shock?
Vert Shock is a relatively new training system designed first and foremost to increase your vertical jump.
It was developed by Pro basketball player, Adam Folker, and one of the world’s highest and most decorated dunkers, Justin Jus Fly Dalington.
The program is based on the principles of high-intensity advanced plyometrics done in a very specific and unique way which maximizes neurological response from a certain group of muscles.
These are your Type-IIb muscle fibers (a.k.a fast twitch muscle group).
The goal is to stimulate these muscle to fire extremely fast and participate more in the actual process of jumping.
How The Program Works
Here’s an excellent video that explains exactly how the program works and why it has such a high success rate among basketball players:
When I started the program I had a below average one-legged jump and I couldn’t even grab the rim. This was true for jumping with both, left and right leg.
…and this is without a basketball.
When testing my vertical with a basketball it was even lower, only 19 inches, I couldn’t even dunk if you gave me a baby hoop.
I did some math and calculated that I’ll need about 9 inches just to get a basic dunk. It seemed like a lot but it was within the range of what the program guarantees.
Nevertheless, I held my hopes high and told myself that one day I’ll be able to do all those cool dunks I imagined myself doing: off 2 feet, using both hands, 360, windmill, between the legs, you name it…
In the coming weeks I trained very hard and went through the entire phases of the program, the famous Pre-Shock, Shock, and Post-Shock phases.
In order to track my progress over the 8 weeks I would go out there and test my vertical every week. This would help me keep track of my progress and calculate how many inches I gained.
I would also try to dunk on every opportunity I’d have because I wanted to get the ‘feeling of it‘ and see how my progress manifests itself in real life, rather than just numbers in my head.
And boy, let me tell you, it’s so much fun and so motivating when you see your hands each week get higher-and-higher above the rim.
So let’s talk about the structure of the program…
The Workouts, Exercises & Phases
Pre-Shock PhaseThe first week is called the Pre-Shock phase, it’s comprised of 6 workouts in 7 days which are supposed to shock your body and really prepare you for the next 7 weeks.
I can tell you right now that the Pre-Shock phase was not Pre for me at all, I felt quite “Shocked” already at this stage.
That’s somehow strange, because when you look at it, the workouts themselves were really not that hard or long, it took me only 45 minutes to complete each workout and it’s not like CrossFit where you’re really pushed to the max and you’re doing tons of repetitions until you pass out.
You are however doing all the exercises at maximum intensity.
For example, when you’re doing a set of 8 depth jumps you’re supposed to stop as soon as you notice your jump height is getting lower. This way, the workout almost seems too easy because you’re never really pushed to the limit.
I live in a building where there are no elevators, so after the training I have to walk up the stairs all the way to my apartment, and after my first workout I was getting cramps in my calves and upper leg. So there really has to be something about that training!
The first week of Vert Shock has you working out on 6 out of 7 days and the first two days are very jumping specific, so you’re doing a lot of plyometric exercises but also exercises where you’re more focused on strength and power (something like deep squat jumps for example).
The third day is a little different for full body workout where you work on your core strength and upper-body strength, and your legs get a day off.
The fourth day is dedicated for rest & recovery and then you just repeat the first 3 days again.
On to the big question…
Does Vert Shock Really Work?
Vert Shock is no magic pill, it’s not a program you can take lightly and it’s certainly not one of those “Get 50 inch vertical jump doing nothing but sitting on your couch” programs – so don’t expect it to really work if you don’t work.
The workouts are very hard at times, and you have to be willing to train intensely and work your butt off if you really want to add BIG inches to your vertical and jump higher.
Following the 8 week program was not an easy task for me, I had to push myself physically and mentally in order to complete this program.
What motivated me here is the fact that I kept adding up inches consistently when taking measurements every week.
To answer your question…
…If you put in the time and effort, and follow through with all the instructions, then yes, the program will work for you.
Otherwise how would this guy be able to get his vertical up to 50+ inches and win so many dunk competitions!?
My Results After 8 Weeks
During the 8 weeks of Vert Shock I’ve gotten a total of 9 inches, going from a 24 inch vertical before to a 33 inch after.
Now I know this is not a Blake Griffin’s 60 inch vertical, and I’m certainly not going to jump over a car now, but 33″ is still very high!
If you think about it, I now have a vertical of an average NBA player.
Here’s a video where I shot myself 3 days after finishing Vert Shock…
Seeing the results on my vertical each week was a really gratifying thing, it gave me a huge motivation knowing that I’m getting better with each workout, and that’s something that other programs failed to do for me before.
Vert Shock Pros & Cons
No Gym Fees & No Equipment Necessary
What I really liked about the Vert Shock system is the fact that you don’t need a gym. I really didn’t want to sign up for a gym or spend money on equipment, so I did all my workouts in a nearby park just 5 minutes outside of my house and that was perfect for me.
All you need for the workout is a park bench or a little wall and a soft surface where you can do your jumps freely and securely.
For some exercises you also need a basketball, but who doesn’t have one these days, right?! Besides, how will you ever be able to dunk if you don’t have a ball?
Very User Friendly
I really liked the job they did with the members area in terms of designing all the elements and making it very easy to use. You can tell that they’ve put a lot of thought into it.
The workouts and all the materials are easily accessible and it’s easy to navigate your way through the site. Everything’s very straight-forward and the layout is crisp and clear.
Plus, you can access it from any device, whether it’s a desktop, mobile or tablet, and it will adjust accordingly to make sure you get the best viewing experience no matter which device you’re on.
Excellent For Beginners To Advanced Athletes
From beginners, all they way up to advanced level athletes, the program fits most people and it will work very efficiently.
Typically if you have a vertical that is 35 inches or less, that makes you a good candidate to benefit from this program.
Quick To Show ResultsVert Shock is very fast when it comes to producing results early on.
Already after the first week I saw a 2 inch increase on my vertical and went from not touching the rim to almost grabbing it.
By the end of the first month I’ve increased a total of 5 inches and was able to hang onto the rim consistently with one hand.
This was very satisfying to see and it was a factor that kept me motivated and committed to stay on track with my training regardless of how difficult it was or how lazy I felt.
Adam and Justin did a really great job of streamlining the entire process and making sure the program is easy to follow.
Everything in this program is explained in a very detailed and specific way. They provide clear instructions so you don’t end up with unanswered questions and having to guess or speculate.
The workout charts and schedules are all perfectly laid out, they include the amount of sets & reps for each and every exercise, and they show you exactly what you need to do each and every day for the entire 8 weeks.
There’s also a video library where Adam demonstrates each exercise individually.
The videos themselves are extremely high quality in HD resolution and they show everything in slow motion too.
Inside the videos, not only does Adam show you how to do the exercises, he also explains everything in detail and points out common errors you should avoid so you don’t end up hurting yourself.
60 Day Full Money Back Guarantee
Adam and Justin have built a quality product which they stand behind 100%. Because of that, they’re willing to cover your entire purchase with a full 60 day money back guarantee.
That just goes to show you how confident they are in this program, so much that they’re willing to put their money on the line and potentially let people screw them over, all so you won’t need to take the risk on yourself.
But seriously, don’t be a d*ck and misuse this feature.
Only buy Vert Shock if you’re truly and genuinely planning on following through with the program!
No Weight Training Module
For me, this is actually a good thing, but for others this might be a turn off. Some people actually want to include weight lifting in their routine while doing this program.
This is perfectly fine as the program does not forbid you to lift weights, you just have to be careful about it.
But this created a new concern for many people – overtraining. This is because people did not know how much weightlifting was enough before it crosses the boundary and starts to interfere with the program.
For this reason, Adam has decided to solve this issue once and for all by creating a separate module just for weightlifting. It’s called Vert Shock Complex Training Routines (more details on that later).
So if you still insist on going inside the weight room, the Complex Training Routines module has you covered.
Lack of Background Knowledge
Vert Shock does an excellent job of telling you what you should do and how you should do it. But in terms of explaining the reasoning behind the training, they don’t go into much detail about it.
If you’re the kind of guy who likes to read about stuff and dive deep into the scientific research, you might be somewhat disappointed as there’s not much info in it.
This is not a big deal for most people.
And yet, I feel they could have done a better job with providing some more background about jumping in general and the science behind it.
Not The Best Choice For Older People
This is just my personal opinion, but I think people older than 30 are generally better off going with a more gradual program. The reason I say this is because over time people develop joint issues, and the older you are, the more risk of an injury you have.
Vert Shock is a highly intense program and it has a lot of jumping going on. If you’re above 30 and you’re out of shape, jumping straight into this program might actually do you more harm than good.
A good approach in this case would be to start preparing yourself about a month in advanced by doing some strength training to your legs.
Alternatively you could simply go with The Jump Manual which is considered a more conservative program and spans over a longer period of time.
This not black & white though, and 30 by no means makes you unfit to do this program. I just chose this number as a rough split. However, I know tons of guys who are actually over 30 and they’re beasts!
It all comes down to how active you are and how you maintain your body. If you’re taking care of yourself and you’re fairly in shape and fit, it’s safe to assume you can do this program.
Not Good For Those Recovering From An Injury
If you’re still recovering from an injury forget about this program for now. This is not something you can do with messed up joints/bones/ligaments/whatever..
So do yourself a favor and wait until you’re fully healed before getting into this.
What Can You Expect From The Program?
Vert Shock is a dedicated vertical leap training system, so the first thing you can expect from is, of course, to grow your vertical.
But this is actually a misrepresentation of what the program does, because in reality, Vert Shock gives you a lot more. It can impact your game and improve you in many different ways.
Here are some of them:
- You grab more rebounds
- You get more points under the rim
- You block more shots
- You become faster on the court and able to outrun your competition
- You develop core strength that stabilizes you and improves your stamina
- You improve your flexibility and decrease your chances of injury
These and much more are just side effects of the program.
And let’s not forget dunking, which is of course why we’re all here in the first place.
Free PDF Ebook for DownloadI forgot to mention that before doing the program I’ve used this free training guide which I downloaded from the official site.
It’s a free PDF file that has some awesome little methods in it showing you how you can add up to 4 inches to your vertical under 1 hour.
To be honest I only got 2 inches increase from it, but hey.. it’s freaking insane considering the fact that it takes just one workout, less than an hour long, to learn these methods and apply them to your technique.
One hour for a lifetime 2 inches!? I’d say it’s a pretty good deal.
And if nothing else, this PDF is offered completely for FREE on their website and you can go ahead and download the ebook right now.
It’s time to conclude this review and give you my final verdict of things.
So as you can see I’ve had quite a big success with this program, I am now finally able to dunk and it’s all thanks to this wonderful program.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is the end though, even though I’m proud of my new found ability to jump it doesn’t mean I will stop working with this program.
Due to my success with the system I have marked myself a new goal. I’ve decided to dream a little bigger now and aim for a 40 inch vertical.
I’m going to repeat the program now and combine it with the Jump Like Justin workout and Vert Shock’s Complex Training Routines.
I hope this combo will give me the ultimate results so I’d be able to dunk on demand and become truly unstoppable under the rim.
So whether you’re playing for fun or looking to become a pro, whether you’re looking to dunk or just be more athletic, you can see how Vert Shock can really help you take your game to the next level.
It’s currently one of the top vertical jump programs that’s out there and it makes such a huge difference in your ability to explode on the court.
And while it is not easy to do, it’s very much worth it, because it gives you such an enormous edge over your competition.
Plain and simple Vert Shock gets the job done!Anyone who’s serious about stepping-up his game should take advantage of this program.
If you have enough discipline and you’re willing to train for five days a week for 8 weeks straight, you’re guaranteed to succeed with it.
It will help you become more explosive and it will give you a real shot at finally being able to throw down that dunk you’ve always wanted.
This is it guys, I hope this review helped you understand better how the program works and I hope my results will motivate you to take action.
*This post was originally published on November 2015 and was updated for comprehensiveness.