Adam Folker’s Vert Shock vs Jacob Hiller’s Jump Manual – Final Verdict

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I’ve had a few people ask me about which of the two training programs I recommend most they should get. Here’s one of the messages:


I’m in 10th grade and can’t dunk at 6’2… I can touch the rim so I think a training program will get me there but can’t choose between Vert Shock or Jump Manual. Which one is best?

– Robert

First of all, at 6’2 you should have a much easier time than I did – I’m 6′ and couldn’t touch the rim to begin with. If you can already touch the rim, you’ll only need around 6 inches to land your first dunk.

Second, you’ve made the right choice to go for a training program. At high school, you’ll come across a mix of people: some are naturally athletic and dunking comes pretty easily, while for others, it can be a real challenge even if they are tall and posses a good reach. These programs can work wonders for people like you.


So, which one?

Instead of giving you a fluffy response which dodges the question, I’ll give you the short and simple: VertShock. Now, there are reasons for you to consider getting JM instead, but if you just want my answer, there it is. Here are the main reasons why:

  • It’s the program I used to get where I am. So I know it works. I’m sure the Jump Manual can give the same results (it’s core exercises are pretty similar) but I can’t review it from scratch, since Vert Shock did its job!
  • It’s a quicker course. Jacob Hiller’s program cycles a 2 week routine for a total of 12 weeks, while Adam Folker’s is 8 weeks start to finish. This doesn’t mean VS gets the same results in 3/4 of the time, but you’re more likely to stick with a 2 month program. 3 months is a big commitment.
  • Doesn’t require weights. Good if you don’t have them or a gym membership, but I also believe weights could potentially slow down training. I did weights before, but gained way more from plyometrics, which improve strength as well.
  • Content Delivery. No, I don’t mean the post (they are digital products anyway) but how the program is presented. VS is the newer program, and it shows.

Now, I’d recommend reading over the training programs page again to get a better idea of each program, but it’s up to you whether you want to dig deeper or just go for it. Another alternative is to try both, the Jump Manual can be yours for just $1 for 21 days.

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