- 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 go out of my normal routine and open up my blog for a guest with a very unusual story.
The guy is a 30-year-old athlete who continually struggled with his jump.
He tried many different ways to increase his vertical, but it wasn’t until lately that he finally got his victory over gravity.
His success is the result of the new Vert Shock program, which is making a lot of buzz lately and has changed the way most people think about vertical jump training.
Hey guys! Josh here, and thanks for checking out my review.
The reason I created this post is that I love playing basketball, but like most of you, 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’s a layup line, and you’re doing your picture-perfect right-foot left-foot layup…
But then, there’s this guy behind you who’s holding his own dunk contest and is getting all the attention from the crowd.
Has that ever happened you to you?
Or maybe you’re out on the playground practicing your 3-pointer, and again… this other guy is there 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 for me because it means no easy dunks.
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 felt to dunk. I would watch other 6’0 players on my team dunk, and I could only be jealous of them.
I think a lot of guys out there can relate to my story and would love to increase their vertical, just enough to be able to dunk.
So, I promised myself that if I ever find anything that works, I’d go out there and share my experience with the world.
That’s why I created this post, to let people know that… it’s possible.
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 “shortcuts” that claimed to have the ability to increase my vertical.
I tried many of these programs…
I did Air-Alert, jumpsoles, 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 – scams that simply don’t work.
However, I was looking for something faster, and something that didn’t require me to go to the gym because, to be honest, I hate lifting weights—it’s just not my thing—and I’ve always preferred a good cardio workout out in the open over a weight-lifting session in the gym.
Why I Decided to Try This Program
So what made me want to try Vert Shock?
1. Looks Legit & Not A Scam
Vert Shock looked legit as it was created by two very credible guys – one is Adam Folker, a Pro basketball player, the other is Justin Jus Fly Darlington, an award-winning elite dunker and a master of vertical jumping.
These two have a reputation to consider. Therefore, it was highly unlikely they’d create a scam product.
2. Good Reviews & Testimonials
There were good reports of it on the net, and the official site was filled with reviews and testimonials from people all over the globe who tried Vert Shock and got significant results with it.
This further strengthened my belief that the product was worth checking.
3. Does NOT Require A Gym
This was really a big thing for me, it’s really what got me into this program.
As said earlier, I’m the type of guy who likes to do his training outdoors, working my body instead of working the weights.
Vert Shock was just the thing I was looking for – no weight-lifting involved, and no equipment necessary – you can basically do it from anywhere at anytime.
4. Full 60-Day Money-Back GuaranteeThe 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.
Plus, the cost was just 67 bucks after discount, which is really not that much 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” Darlington.
The program is based on the principles of high-intensity advanced plyometrics done specifically in a way that maximizes the neurological response from a certain group of muscles.
These are your Type-IIb muscle fibers, aka the fast-twitch muscles.
The goal is to stimulate these muscles to fire extremely fast and get them to be more involved in the process of jumping.
How the Program Works
Here’s an excellent video that explains how the program works and why it has such a high success rate, especially 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 my left and right leg.
Mind you that this is without a basketball…
When testing my vertical WITH a basketball, it was even lower… just 21 inches! – Couldn’t even dunk if you gave me a baby hoop.
So I did some math and calculated that I’ll need about 9 inches to get a basic dunk. It seemed like a lot at the time, but it was in the range of what the program promises.
And though I had doubts initially, I held my hopes high and told myself that one day I’ll be able to do all those dunks I imagined myself doing (off 2-feet, tomahawk, 360, windmill, between the legs, you name it…).
In the coming weeks, I trained very hard and went through the three phases of the program, the Pre-Shock, Shock, and Post-Shock phases.
To track my progress over the eight weeks, I would go out once every Saturday and test my vertical. This helped me keep track of my jump and ensure that I was making gains.
I would also try to dunk here and there because I wanted to get a ‘feel‘ for it and see how my progress manifests itself in real life, rather than just numbers on a piece of paper.
And boy, let me tell you, it’s so much fun and so motivating to see your hands get higher-and-higher above the rim from week-to-week.
But enough about that, let’s get to the meat and potatoes of this program.
The Workouts, Exercises & Phases
As mentioned before, the program has three phases – Pre-Shock, Shock, and Post-Shock.
Here’s what happens in each of them:
Pre-Shock PhaseThe first week is called the Pre-Shock phase, it’s comprised of six workouts in seven days, and its goal is to prepare you for the next seven weeks.
I can tell you right now, the Pre-Shock was not “Pre” for me at all – I felt “Shocked” right from the get-go.
That’s somehow strange because when you look at it, the workouts themselves were really not that hard, or long.
It took only 45 minutes to complete each workout, and it’s not like CrossFit where you really push it to the max by doing tons of repetitions until you pass out.
You are however doing all the exercises at max intensity.
For example, when you’re doing a set of 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 forced to push it to the limit.
I live in a building where there are no elevators, so after training, I have to go up the stairs all the way to my apartment (5th floor), and after my first workout, I was getting cramps in my calves and upper legs, so there has to be something about that training.
The first week of Vert Shock has you working out six out of seven days, and the first two days are very jump specific, so you’re doing a lot of plyometrics, but you’re also doing exercises that are oriented towards strength and power (e.g., deep squat-jumps).
The third day is a little different for a full-body workout – you don’t work your legs, you only work on core-strength and upper-body strength.
The fourth day is dedicated to rest and recovery, then you just repeat the first three days once again.
This is where the real fun begins.
I was definitely feeling it in my muscles after the first week, but at the same time, I was excited because right from the first workout my legs started to feel “springy”.
I was hopeful that the Shock Phase would really make a difference.
And I wasn’t wrong.
During the six weeks of this phase, I trained 4-6 times per week, working my entire body with all kinds of different exercises.
Although the number of reps remained more or less the same, I could feel the dramatic changes that my body went through as the weeks progressed.
During the first week of the Shock Phase, my muscles started to adapt to the workouts – I was no longer as achy as before, and I felt more explosive on the court.
After just two weeks of Vert Shock, I had already gained 3 inches on my vertical!
That really got me excited.
And as I was getting used to the new exercises I could start pushing myself to be more explosive with each set.
What really helped was visualizing a target I was trying to reach and pushing myself to beat my own “high score” during each workout.
I think this mindset is a huge part of seeing success with Vert Shock – you have to push yourself with each jump and stop the exercise as soon as your effort level drops.
After training this way for five weeks, I finally got the reward I had worked so hard for.
One day I was feeling particularly springy, I did my usual dunk attempt routine, and to my surprise, I was able to dunk the ball in one of the first attempts!
It wasn’t a spectacular dunk—in fact, it was the ugliest dunk ever, not how I imagined my first dunk would be, but it was a dunk nonetheless.
But after this, I knew the program was for real, so I was excited to push myself even more for the remaining three weeks.
And by the time I finished the Shock Phase, my vertical had improved to an incredible (for me, at least) 31 inches!
The last phase of the program was like the cherry on top because it was the final push to gain those extra few inches that I wanted so badly.
It was probably the hardest week of the entire program, requiring you to train six times and really pushing it with the number of sets.
I was already quite worn down by the program, but I wanted to give it a last, final push before it’s time to shut down for a break.
So I was determined not to allow myself to go easy – I did everything that the Post-Shock Phase required, pushing myself to the limit with each jump.
After the last week, I felt that my body was just too tired to do anything, so I allowed myself three days of rest before measuring my vertical.
And what happened when I stepped on the court after those three days literally shocked me.
In just the last week of Vert Shock (plus the three days of rest), I had added a whopping 2 inches to my vertical, which was now 33 inches! (See video further below)
Amazing, isn’t it?
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 definitely not one of those “Get 50-inch vertical jump doing nothing but sitting on your couch” programs – so don’t expect it to 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.
Following the 8-week program was not an easy task for me, I had to push myself both physically and mentally in order to complete this program.
What motivated me here was the fact that I kept adding up inches when taking measurements every week.
So, to answer your question…
If you put in the time 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 eight weeks of Vert Shock, I’ve gotten a total of 9 inches, going from a 24-inch vertical before, to 33 inches after.
Now I know this is not a Blake Griffin’s 60-inch vertical, and I’m definitely not going to jump over a car now – but 33″ is still friggin’ high!
If you think about it, I now have a vertical of an average NBA player.
Here’s a video where I shot myself three days after finishing Vert Shock:
Seeing the results on my vertical each week was a really gratifying thing for me, 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.
Vert Shock Pros & Cons
I can’t wrap this review without talking about the pros and cons of the program, so let’s do that.
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 of my workouts in a nearby park just five minutes from my home, and it was perfect for me.
All you need for the workouts is a park bench and a soft surface where you can do your jumps freely and securely.
For some exercises, you’ll also need a basketball, but who doesn’t have one these days?! Besides, how will you ever be able to dunk if you don’t have one?
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 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’ll adjust accordingly to make sure you get the best viewing experience no matter the device you’re on.
Excellent for Beginners to Advanced Athletes
From beginners, all the way up to advanced intermediates, almost any jumper can benefit from using the program.
Typically, if you have a vertical that’s 35 inches or less, it makes you the ideal candidate to profit from Vert Shock.
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 me, it kept me motivated and committed to staying on course, regardless of how difficult it was or how lazy I felt that day.
Adam and Justin did a really great job of streamlining the entire process, making sure the program is easy to follow.
Everything in this program is explained in much detail and extremely specifically. They provide clear instructions so that you don’t end up with unanswered questions or having to guess or speculate.
The workout charts and schedules are all perfectly laid out – they include the amount of sets and reps for each exercise, and they show you exactly what you need to do every day for the entire eight weeks.
There’s also a video library where Adam demonstrates each exercise individually.
The videos themselves are top quality as well (shot in HD resolution), and they demonstrate every exercise in slow-motion too.
Inside the videos, not only does Adam show you how to do the exercises, but he also explains everything in detail and points out the common errors people make when doing these exercises so that 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, all so that you won’t have to take the risk on yourself.
But seriously, don’t be a d*ck and misuse this feature. Only buy Vert Shock if you truly and genuinely plan 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, and I get that—not everyone is comfortable with a workout routine that’s 100% plyometrics.
Some people WANT to include weightlifting in their routine, and that’s perfectly fine as the program does not forbid you to, you just have to be careful about it.
But this created a new concern for many athletes – overtraining.
This is because not everyone knows how much weightlifting is appropriate, and before you know it, they cross the boundary and their weight training starts to interfere with their jump training.
For this reason, Adam has decided to address the issue 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 research, you might be disappointed, as there’s not much info in it.
This is not a big deal for most people.
And yet, I feel like they could have done a better job of providing some background info about jumping and the science behind it.
Not the Best Choice for Older People
This is just my personal opinion, but generally, I think people older than 30 are 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 get, the more risk of an injury you have.
Vert Shock is a highly intense program, there’s 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 better approach in this case, would be to start preparing yourself a month in advance by doing some strength training to your legs.
Alternatively, you could just go with The Jump Manual, which is considered a more conservative program that spans over a longer period of time.
This is not a black and white thing though, and 30 by no means makes you unfit to do this program. I just chose this number as a rough split, but I also know a lot of guys who are well over 30, and they’re beasts!
It all comes down to how active you are and how you maintain your body, and if you’re taking care of yourself and you’re fairly in shape, 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. 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 it is to, of course, grow your vertical.
But this is actually a misrepresentation of what the program does, because in reality, it gives you so much more, and 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 4 awesome little methods in it, showing you how you can add up to 4 inches to your vertical under an hour.
To be honest, I only got a 2-inch increase from it, but it’s cool considering the fact that it only took one workout less than an hour long to get it.
One hour for a lifetime of 2 inches?! Pretty good deal, I would say.
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 on things.
So as you can see, I’ve had quite a big success with Vert Shock – I am now finally able to dunk, and it’s all thanks to this excellent program.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is the end though. Even though I’m proud of my newfound jumping abilities, it doesn’t mean I’m going to stop working with this program.
Due to my success with Vert Shock, 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 one of the top vertical jump programs of today, and it makes such a huge difference in your ability to explode on the court.
And while it’s not easy, it’s very much worth it, because it gives you an enormous edge over your competition.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 five days a week for eight weeks, you’re almost guaranteed to succeed.
Vert Shock will help you become faster, stronger, and it will give you a real shot at 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.