- 1 Why BoingVert?
- 2 First Look
- 3 Who Created The Program?
- 4 How BoingVert Is Structured
- 5 BoingVert Animal
- 6 BoingVert Monster
- 7 BoingVert Pros & Cons
- 7.1 Pros
- 7.2 Cons
- 8 Summary
BoingVert produces sick dunkers.
At least that’s the impression you get when watching the program’s promotional videos on YouTube.
Dunkers are swearing by its effectiveness while showcasing their 40+ inch verticals in action.
But is BoingVert really the new gold standard for vertical jump training? Or is it just another mediocre program with great marketing?
With all the hype surrounding the program, it’s almost impossible to tell, at least not without seeing the program from the inside.
But you can’t afford to make an uninformed decision if you don’t want to risk throwing away your money on yet another program that doesn’t deliver results.
Lucky for you, you don’t have to.
In this review, I’m going to give you the unbiased truth about BoingVert and help you decide once and for all if it’s right for you.
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BoingVert is a program that’s been getting a lot of attention lately – hundreds of athletes online swear by its effectiveness.
And yet, there’s hardly any information available on what the program is actually about.
Even the sales page of BoingVert provides very few details of its contents. Pretty much all they reveal can be summed up in this short video:
This leaves people to guess whether BoingVert is the real deal.
And that’s where I come in.
I went deep into research mode and examined every aspect of this program in order to answer all the questions you might have about it.
That’s why I decided to purchase the Animal + Monster package of BoingVert and see what’s hidden behind the curtain of this mysterious program.
In this review, I will explore each part of the program in-depth, revealing to you the core principles and the juicy behind-the-scenes stuff.
By the end of this review, you’ll know everything you need to know about this program, and you’ll be able to decide for yourself whether or not it’s a fit for you.
Let’s dive in.
Upon logging into the dashboard for the first time, the first thing you see is just how clean the design is – there’s no greeting video or even a short paragraph welcoming you aboard the program.
But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
The fact that the program gets right down to business can be a plus as long as the actual details of it are solid.
At the bottom of the home page, you’re instructed to take the Animal program first, and the Monster program second, with a three-week break in-between.
After entering the Animal part, you are greeted by the creator of the program, Shawn Myszka, who quickly introduces you to the BoingVert approach, which, according to him, is based on the most cutting-edge scientific advancements in the vertical leap training field.
He also stresses how much focus will be given to improving your form and implementing the correct practices of absorbing contact.
These are areas that are often neglected by other programs, so it sounds very promising, to say the least.
Exploring the Animal part further, everything else is quite straightforward.
You will find a few pages that cover the essentials of this program such as “Exercises”, “FAQ” and “Extras”. And after going through these pages I was quite impressed – there’s literally tons of information in there, and it’s organized in a convenient way.
If there’s one thing that I didn’t like immediately, it’s the huge amount of different exercises – that’s an instant sign that the program isn’t refined enough, as many of the exercises overlap in their purpose.
Anyway, before jumping to conclusions, let’s analyze what the program actually looks like.
Who Created The Program?
For those of you who are not in the vertical training circles, the names, Shawn Myszka and Kelly Baggett might sound foreign to you. But the truth is, these two have been successfully working as trainers and coaches for a long time and have a great reputation.
Shawn Myszka is a NSCA certified strength & conditioning specialist and the co-founder of the Explosive Edge Athletics, which has trained some of the best athletes in Minnesota.
Suffice to say, he knows what he’s talking about and can be trusted as an expert in the field.
The same goes for Kelly Baggett.
Baggett made a name for himself by writing the now legendary Vertical Jump Bible book.
It was the original cornerstone that paved the way for modern jump programs like The Jump Manual and Vert Shock. And while it’s a bit outdated by today’s standards, the methods that were taught in it worked, plain and simple.
So, there’s no doubt about the credibility of the authors.
The only question is – did they live up to their solid credentials with BoingVert?
How BoingVert Is Structured
BoingVert is a vertical jump training program that’s made up out of two separate programs – Animal and Monster.
Animal is a 16-week long program that focuses solely on plyometrics, while Monster is an 11-week long program that’s almost exclusively dedicated to weight-training.
Therefore, to really evaluate how well BoingVert performs, we have to look at each of the two programs separately.
The Animal program takes up the bigger part of BoingVert training and is based only on plyometrics.
The program goes deep into many of the essential aspects of vertical jump training – its 32-page eBook provides valuable insights on things like learning to land properly, the key points to jumping higher, the program’s general philosophy, how to choose the right footwear, and much more.
After going through the Animal Philosophy eBook, you really get the feeling that the author has done his research.
But enough about theory, let’s see what the actual program is all about.
The fact that the Animal Program doesn’t rely on any equipment in its exercises is a huge plus, because it can be done outside of a gym or even at home.
However, that doesn’t mean the program is easy.
In fact, although you will be training only 2-4 times per week, the workouts are very demanding – the number of reps is quite high and the exercises are very intense.
That makes BoingVert almost impossible to follow during the season, as your muscles will constantly be struggling to recover from the exhausting workouts.
The 16 weeks of the Animal Program are split into six phases, each 2-3 weeks long.
The phases are:
- General Body Preparation
- Jump Mastery
- Force Absorption
- Jump Acceleration
- Reactive Emphasis
- Jump Mastery
Each of the phases focuses on a different aspect of your jumping ability – preparing your body for the exhausting workouts, teaching you the correct jumping movement patterns, learning to absorb force, and training explosiveness, just to name a few.
But while all of this sounds good in theory, and you can actually get a ton of benefits from doing this program, the workouts themselves are a bit unfocused.
There are simply too many exercises, many of which overlap, and thus you end up overtraining.
This causes serious problems.
Having such a high workload seems like a recipe for disaster, as an overworked body becomes much more vulnerable to injury.
That’s why I prefer Vert Shock, which is by far a better plyometrics based program – it has managed to distill the complex science of vertical jump training into simple and easy to follow workouts that don’t require any equipment.
While the Animal Program is all about plyometrics, the Monster program is all about strength training.
There are a few exercises that don’t require weights, but this part of the program is focused on building sheer power.
And that can be an effective approach.
However, just as with the Animal Program, Monster tries to fit too many exercises into the workouts, leaving you too tired and at risk of injury.
BoingVert Monster is split into four phases:
- Adaptation & Activation
- General Strength
- Max Strength & Power
- Max Power
It aims to help you build a solid strength foundation, learn more advanced exercises that combine strength & plyometrics, and maximize your potential as an athlete.
Once again, while there’s a lot of solid info, and many of the exercises can be effective, the way they’re put together is just not the best approach for achieving results.
If you want a strength-based program that’s been around for a long time and has delivered results to thousands of athletes worldwide, you can’t go wrong with The Jump Manual. It requires a huge time commitment, but if you’re able to follow through, you will definitely see results, which is not a guarantee I can give with BoingVert.
BoingVert Pros & Cons
Here are some of the most important pros and cons of BoingVert:
Shawn Myszka knows his stuff when it comes to vertical jump training, that is clearly visible throughout the program.
The Animal Philosophy guide covers vertical jump mechanics thoroughly and does a great job of explaining stuff like choosing the right shoes, absorbing contact safely, the importance of cooling down, and much more. The only program that can compete with BoingVert in terms of depth is The Jump Manual.
While BoingVert is made up of two parts, you can actually get by very well by using just the Animal program. It doesn’t require any equipment other than a simple bench, and you can do the program anywhere.
Then again, if you’re looking for a program that doesn’t use weight training, you won’t find a better option than Vert Shock. It’s a program developed by Adam Folker that has helped thousands realize their dream of dunking using nothing more than plyometric and “shock” exercises.
Big emphasis on form
Another thing that separates BoingVert from other mediocre programs out there is the amount of attention it gives to proper form. There’s a separate section called “Jump Mastery” which focuses exclusively on getting your body to move in the most efficient way when jumping.
Creators are Training Professionals
While some other programs on the market are developed by dunking stars, who may not know too much about the actual training methods (e.g. Bounce Kit), Shawn Myszka & Kelly Baggett have built their reputation not as dunking celebrities, but as trainers who have helped thousands of athletes maximize their athletic potential.
Can Bring some Results
While BoingVert falls short when compared to established and proven programs like Vert Shock/Jump Manual, it still has a lot of solid info that can help you achieve some results. That’s more than what I could say for most of the mediocre programs out there.
BoingVert does an extraordinary job of explaining each exercise clearly in high-quality videos.
These videos are often slow to load and, unfortunately, can only be accessed through the member’s area. This can be a pain in the a** when you’re in a hurry to complete your workout (speaking from experience here), but at least the quality makes up for it in a way.
In today’s world, where most people view content through their phones, being easy to use on mobile is absolutely critical.
Luckily, BoingVert is very convenient to use on the go – everything formats easily to fit different devices, so you can look up the exercises on the phone while doing the workouts outside or at the gym.
While I haven’t used this feature, it says you can reach out to the support team with any questions or problems that you might have. This could help cover up some of the flaws of the program, as you could always get advice on specific problems you might have.
BoingVert is much cheaper than most of the other vertical jump programs. At just $33, you can get the Animal and Monster programs together, and from that point of view, BoingVert is a steal.
However, while the price is lower, so is the quality, and even though BoingVert is comprehensive, it is not nearly as refined as other, far more polished, programs such as Jacob Hiller’s Jump Manual or Adam Folker’s Vert Shock.
As I’ve already mentioned, BoingVert has a ton of great information in it – the exercises are solid and the philosophy is aligned with the best scientific practices.
However, the program is by no means a finished product. The sheer amount of different exercises in it is a clear sign of it.
A truly finished program doesn’t have to rely upon dozens of different exercises, it can achieve the same results in a much more concise and simple way.
In BoingVert’s case, it almost seems as if the lack of structure was compensated with quantity. Unfortunately, this also means that the workload on you as an athlete is immense, and that in itself can limit your results.
Takes A Long Time
Another problem that makes BoingVert fall behind other programs is the fact that it’s simply too long. You’ll have to spend 16 weeks working on the Animal program, and then another 11 weeks on the Monster program.
Considering how hard and intense it is, 27 weeks is a long time.
During this time, you won’t be able to play much basketball, because your body will always be busy recovering from the last session.
In comparison, Vert Shock, the hottest program on the market right now, takes just 8 weeks and can be done during the season without a problem.
Questionable Choice of Exercises
As I said before, there are simply too many exercises in the program. A lot of these exercises don’t have a clear purpose and they overlap with others.
Since the program only provides the ‘big picture’ philosophy, but not the explanation behind each exercise, we are left to guess the reasoning behind some of the workouts.
Can’t be done in-season
Because of its intensity, you won’t be able to keep up with the program during the season – it takes more than seven months to complete!!!
Anyone who’s playing for their high school or college team will run into some serious problems with it. Your legs will constantly be tired from all the weight training, and your athletic ability will suffer.
What’s even worse, this kind of stress on your body during the season will greatly increase your risk of injury.
Because of this, I’d highly recommend sticking to proven plyometric-based programs like Vert Shock – it’s safe to do during the season and relies on workouts that are usually under an hour long.
BoingVert is a collection of very solid individual parts – its creator, Shawn Myszka, has put together a great jump training philosophy that covers most of the essential components.
However, the program is simply not refined enough to be considered a finished product. There are way too many exercises, it is way too long, and the workouts are very intense – which means you won’t be able to do it in-season.
If you’re planning to do the program during the off-season, that’s fine.
Otherwise, take into consideration the fact that 80% of the things you do (other than BoingVert) will have to be cut down in order to fit this program into your schedule.
That’s almost impossible if you’re an active athlete.
And in a time when there are much less limiting programs out there that are far more superior, I can’t recommend BoingVert as my top choice.
Therefore, if you’re looking for a program that is comprehensive enough, yet much more refined at the same time, The Jump Manual would be a better option.
Alternatively, if you just want quick results and workouts that don’t require any equipment, Vert Shock is another option that’s far better.
Either way, I don’t see a reason why you should impose on yourself BoingVert’s limitations, not when there are other alternatives that do the same thing better.