Training Vertical Jump Training Scams

Published on March 19th, 2013 | by Joe Starks

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4 Tell-Tale Signs to Quickly Spot Vertical Jump Training SCAMS

In the world of sports there exist tons of programs, products, systems, modules, video courses, gizmos, gimmicks, crazy sports equipment and a metric ton of (mis) information that promise to teach beginners the ins and outs of the industry, give them an insider’s view of how the pros work out and promise spectacular improvement with little effort for just a handful of dollars.

The sad truth is that most of these “systems” are bogus or just plain scams. They promise a lot, deliver little (or nothing) and whatever it is they offer, it can usually be found cheaper (or even for free) online or at your local library.

Lots of athletes (especially beginners and/or amateurs) buy many programs, systems and such in hopes of finding the magic bullet to boost their vertical jumping. Most often than not though, the only thing they boost is the wallets of the ones that sell these programs and systems. It is true that some of these systems may lead to some development or improvement to your vertical, but that’s often the case because they just sell repackages FREE information that is commonly found anywhere online. They just take regular workout guides, add fluff and jargon and resell them as if they were new products!

Thankfully, there are many telltale signs that can quickly tell you if a vertical jump “system” is scammy or not, as most scams follow the same patterns of tricks. Below I will share with you the most prominent such telltale signs I have observed from my years in the industry. If one “system” that promises a lot has more than one of these telltale signs, then KEEP AWAY; it’s probably a scam with little or no use.

Tell-Tale Sign #1: SECRETS

This is perhaps the most important and prominent telltale sign of a vertical jump system scam; the promises of secrets. Most of these vertical scams begin their trickery by mentioning a well-kept secret of some sort that turns poor performers into Olympic athletes overnight. These secrets are supposedly known only be some ultra-elite but the system promises to “break the silence”, “spill the beans”, or otherwise share that secret for just a few dollars (the price of the “system”).  All the vertical jumping scams promise to tell you the truth about the secrets of the perfect vertical but the truth is this:

The truth is that there are no secrets when it comes to vertical training!

That’s it! I’ve said it. There are no magic bullets, no tricks, no shortcuts to success; just hard work and the well-known and documented training methods that have produced the top athletes of the world. Do you see NBA players using “top-secret” workouts they’ve learned through systems that cost $27.99 and can be bought over the internet?

NO!

They just do honest, down-to-earth workouts that anyone can follow (if they have the guts to do so) and become pros themselves. There are no “tricks” to add inches to your vertical without working out for them. Every single inch must be gained through hard work and diligent effort. Even though there are right and wrong ways to train, the right ways are not locked away into some safe that only pro athletes and expert coaches can access; they are available to anyone!

Just keep an eye out for programs that speak of “secrets” in vertical training; these are almost always scams!

Tell-Tale Sign #2: Jargon

Alright, how do you make something that’s old and well-known into something that seems new and exciting enough to shell out $20 or so bucks? The answer most vertical jump scam products give is: “By adding tons of nonsensical jargon and buzzwords that offer no value”, and that’s what they do!

Scammy vertical jump systems employ a ton of useless jargon to make their info sound arcane and unique, while in fact it’s the same old stuff repackaged all over again. If a vertical jump system is full of science-sounding words and stuff like “quantum”, “micro” etc it’s because they try to hide the fact that they’re selling hot air and little more!

So, pay attention to overly complicated and needlessly jargon-filled vertical training methods because chances are they are just trying to bamboozle you with B.I.G. words!

Tell-Tale Sign #3: Shaky Proof

Many scams try to offer proof of their amazing results in all kinds of forms; from images and testimonials to “real” stories and more. It is obvious that all that kind of proof can be easily falsified, fake testimonials are flooding the internet and scammers will do and say anything to ensure you fall for their trick. Real proof about the validity of a vertical training system can only be found from independent sources and unbiased (i.e. unaffiliated) athletes and coaches that have tried the system with success. Everything else is just shaky proof and should not be taken seriously!

If proof of a system’s validly can only be found in that system’s website(s) then it’s probably a scam.

Tell-Tale Sign #4: Confidence Tricks

That’s the nastiest of them all. By using cons, these vertical jumping scams try to trick athletes into feeling inadequate and useless unless they buy the scammy product. Confidence tricks are often found in the form of “real stories” where a poor guy suddenly becomes pro athlete by the use of the system and other such nonsense.

If a system tries to use emotion and trickery to persuade you that it’s the “real deal” then it’s probably just screams SCAM.

Takeaway

Assuming for a moment that there existed a single, foolproof method to boost vertical easily and painlessly, don’t you think that EVERYONE would follow it?

Yes I may be skeptical but you should be skeptical too when faced with incredible promises and insane deals. When it comes to vertical training systems and methods,  if something sounds too good to be true… then it probably is!

Photo Credit: Martin Gommel

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