Does Adam Folker deliver on his promises? My Vert Shock Story
First Released: 2015
Last Updated: Winter 2016
Format: Digital Download
Course Duration: 8 weeks
- Increases vertical by 9-15 inches
- No special equipment necessary
- Suitable for all ages
- Money back guarantee
Here’s the thing: I always secretly loved Basketball but pursued other sports because I felt I wouldn’t get far in basketball with my genetics. But turning 24 years old, it was still the sport I would watch and follow most. At this age I wasn’t under any illusions of going pro, but inspired by dunk highlights, I set myself a tough challenge: learn to dunk.
Before I found Vert Shock, there were two things that made this especially difficult…
Obstacle #1: My height
Measuring in just a shade over 6 foot and lacking athleticism, dunking wasn’t something that would come naturally. To be honest, when I played Basketball the jump shot and an inconsistent layup were my only scoring threats. In fact, I couldn’t actually touch a 10 foot rim, so I never saw myself dunking anytime soon.
We’ve all heard about shorter dunkers like Spudd Webb and Nate Robinson, so I knew it wasn’t impossible for me. It just meant that I’d need to jump higher, and at this time my running vert was just over 20 inches. That’s 16 inches below the NBA average.
Obviously, I was well aware that my vert was what I needed to focus on. Luckily, there are tons of free training materials online to get you jumping higher, right? Well, about that…
Obstacle #2: Finding a workout routine… That actually works
Just go ahead and google or youtube guides on how to jump higher. Chances are you’ll find tons of resources.
Here’s one for example, from BodyBuilding.com, a site that’s pretty legit when it comes to this stuff. I spent the next three weeks working on exercises like these and following some youtube videos. However, at the end of the three weeks my vertical had barely improved.
Now trust me, assuming you can get through all the junk on the internet and find exercises that genuinely make you a better jumper, here’s the simple reason why you won’t succeed, just like me at the time:
Squats, jump rope, box jumps and lunges… This is all good stuff! Chances are you’ll be like me and do a hundred squats here and there, then try some box jumps if you have energy left and maybe spend the next day doing non-stop skipping rope. I personally took a shotgun approach, trying to do a bit of everything.
Now lets talk about bodybuilding for a bit. It’s not the same as increasing your vert, but the principle is similar: Do workouts and become physically better. Do you know the number one reason why people fail in bodybuilding? A lack of consistency.
For example, look at Stronglifts 5×5, one of the most highly praised and recommended weightlifting programs out there. It is just a bunch of standard weight exercises. The reason it works is simple: People stick to the program, which gives them a framework to work with, and the results are phenomenal.
Now bodybuilding is extremely popular, so you’ll find many excellent programs out there (Starting Strength is another popular one). But for jumping? Harder to find. Few people have spent time devising a workout routine that maximize your gains, until now.
Meet Adam Folker
Adam Folker, an ex-UC Irvine NCAA player and now professional Basketball player developed a program specifically designed to increase your vertical jump – Vert Shock.
He didn’t do this alone though, he teamed up with the world’s best dunker: Justin “Just Fly” Darlington. This guy has made a career out of his 50″ vert alone, so if there’s anyone to trust when it comes to dunking, this is the man.
Together, they have made a comprehensive 8-week course that gives you a structured workout routine that is guaranteed to increase your vertical by 9-15 inches, or your money back, no questions asked.
So I thought to myself, if there’s anything out there that could turn me into a dunker, this is it, and so my Vert Shock journey began.
An intense 8-weeks
Unless you are the sort of person that buys into magic pill scams, you can probably guess that gaining 9-15 inches on your jump is gonna be tough. Vert Shock is split up into 3 separate shock phases, which makes sure your muscles are optimally conditioned and you don’t injure yourself.
The first week of Vert Shock is the ‘pre-shock‘ phase, in which your body is prepared for the rest of the course. Now, compared to the rest of the program, the 45 to 60 minute workouts were actually pretty easy going, but chances are you’ll develop some seriously sore muscles. I did, even though I had done some prior training, because you’ll be given plyometric exercises that you probably haven’t experienced before.
Weeks 2-7 is the ‘shock‘ phase, and the exercises are extremely varied. Deep squats for strength, planks for your core, plyometrics for your explosiveness, it’s all there. Finally, the 8th week is the ‘post-shock‘ phase, in which you’ll have only one day of rest and commit everything to muscle memory.
I didn’t stick to the program 100%, as things never go perfectly, but I was still a pretty damn good student. To find out about my results, read on.
Sticking with an intensive program for 8-weeks sounds difficult right? But guess what, when you’re getting measurable results, you’ll stay completely motivated. Here were my milestones:
- Week 2: Touching (almost grabbing) the rim. When I touched it for the first time, it was obvious I was making real progress.
- Week 3: Dunking a tennis ball. The dunks weren’t consistent, but the fact is I was at least dunking something into the net.
- Week 5: Getting a taste of dunking a real basketball. I was now able to perform what I call a ‘half-dunk’, it’s basically a name for a dunk that looks like I’m rolling the ball over the rim and into the net.
- Week 7-8: Able to dunk fairly consistently. Progressive improvement.
Now as you can imagine, landing your first dunk is a pretty insane feeling. It happened after a rest day for me, which is often the time you’ll suddenly notice increased strength and explosiveness in your body. Also, after the first time, you could easily keep improving your jump alot by just performing a lot of dunks (it doesn’t get boring, believe me) but I’d recommend sticking with Vert Shock until the end even though it can feel like you’ve reached your goal.
In terms of inches gained – 10 in total. Keep in mind I did around 3 weeks of my own training before the program where I gained two inches which put me at a 24″ running jump when I started Vert Shock. Now I have a 34″ running vertical which is quite close to the NBA average of 36″. Bear in mind that NBA players are far from the best jumpers around.
40 Inches?! One day, I hope!
The fact is I can now call myself a dunker, so training is not so intensive these days.
Since completing Vert Shock, I worked on my palming ability so that I have a rock solid grip on the ball. Before my grip was weak because I don’t have big hands, but now I can consistently perform one-handed jams without any trouble.
What next? I’m hoping to go through a ‘second phase’ of training at some point next year, to try and develop a 40 inch vertical. I’m sure I’ll see small improvements to my vert if I regularly dunk the ball, but if there’s anything I’ve learned from Vert Shock, it would be that consistent, intensive training over a short period of time can produce the most astonishing results.
All in all, Vert Shock was an absolutely life-changing investment for me, and I’d definitely suggest getting it instead of that new video game or whatever if you are passionate about jumping and dunking.
Any questions about the review? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below!