Physical Training in Badminton to Increase Your Vertical Jumping Power?

Badminton Jump SmashOver the last year I have noticed an increase in emails from players enquiring about fitness training for badminton or improving leg strength to increase speed on court. In particular, I receive a lot of enquiries over training to increase jumping power especially to increase the vertical jump on a smash.

I am the first to admit that whilst I understand and have learnt a great deal about training for badminton, there are other experts internationally who know a great deal more than me.

You sometimes have to look beyond the sport to find information that you can use to improve the sport. I therefore began a search into other sports where high intensity movement is required, coupled with extreme jumping skills. The sport I found which offered the most interesting and in some respect similar movement was basketball.

Think about it. Basketball is a high intensity game with a lot of changing of direction, speed over small areas, lunging and jumping. The movement patterns may differ but the type of movement required is certainly worthy of further investigation.

Having decided this was the sport to scrutinise, I then looked around the sport for the serious trainers and in particular, who offered something very specialised…and I found it!

Badminton Jump SmashSo, let me introduce you to a program that is specifically designed to improve vertical jumping power. The principles in this program are sound and it is clear that Jacob Hiller, the creator of the program, has done extensive research into this subject and gets successful results. He has worked with a lot of well-known basketball groups and players to help them achieve greater results than they have ever done using other specialists so I believe you can rely on him to deliver. He has also been asked to work with sportspeople in other sports such as volleyball, so this proves that the physical skills he teaches are totally transferrable to other sports.

I am hoping to interview Jacob soon and get his thoughts on jump smashing in badminton. However, for now I have attached a video about his program and suggest you check it out for yourselves. It could be the missing link that teaches you how to train your body to achieve the jump smash success of the pro’s.


You can also download his free ebook which has links to some interesting articles: Download EBook

If you decide to give this a go, please let me know how got on!



  1. Kerghan May 25, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    It’s nice to see an article about improving your game off court here. Anything you do off court to improve your fitness will make getting the maximum out of your training that much easier.
    There is a good article on T-nation about glute training:

    I was also wondering what your opinion was on using a weightlifting program such as Starting Strength ( to complement your badminton game?

    • Paul
      Paul May 26, 2013 at 9:32 pm


      I do not profess to be an expert in off court training for badminton. There are people who have studied and are continually updated regarding the science of training. To me, it’s better to introduce you to these people rather than leave the subject completely. However, finding the right professionals to teach you isn’t easy.

      I have exchanged a number of emails with Jacob Hiller and he is willing to write an additional chapter to discuss jump smash in badminton and the training for this, likening the shot to a similar activity in volleyball.

      There is an excellent training program from badminton life which I endorse because it’s written by an actual trainer with badminton experience. Weight training is tricky because you need to get the right combination of strength and endurance training for badminton. It’s very different than training to bulk up which generally is the reason most men go to the gym.

      Overall, I’ll read or watch any program to decide whether it’s right for my readers but the writer must help us make the connections to our fantastic sport…otherwise it’s a non starter.


  2. dragonistear April 28, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Hi Paul,

    I’ve actually tried the Jump Manual (or bits and pieces of it) and indeed, my vertical improved about half a foot (though that is a lot different from a 40 inch vertical he claims but that’s most likely due to me not actually doing all his exercises).

    Most of the sport in his manual talk about basketball or volleyball (mostly basketball). And so he shows people like Michael Jordan or the really pro basketball players exaggerate their last step before they jump, effectively giving them a wide stance and springboard off that for the jump. But when i watched Pro badminton players jump, they actually bring their feet together, bend their knees and jump. When you meet him, could you ask him about that?


    • Paul
      Paul April 29, 2013 at 12:01 pm


      That’s a good endorsement that you improved your vertical jump by so much without following the program in entirety.

      I am hoping to set up a call with the writer very soon and see if he can design something around badminton bearing in mind footwork patterns and jumps are slightly different from basketball or volleyball, although there is more similarity in volleyball when you compare the spike with a smash.


  3. Badminton Passion April 20, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Nice Article Paul..
    Very interesting training program, I am sure Badminton Player who’ll join the program, get benefit on critical subject like vertical jump. Like basketball, vertical jumping is very important in Badminton. Proper jump training can improve the smash power like anything. It is also important to learn, “how to gain the energy from jump and transfer thru badminton racket to shuttle”.
    Anyways best of luck for the program.

    • Paul
      Paul April 21, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      Many thanks for this.

      It’s always very difficult for me to recommend another program. But, I really wish to give my reader the best chance of improving their badminton. If this program gets the right information to the players and they improve, then I am very happy – that’s why I run this website.

      I’ve never professed to be an expert in fitness training although I understand the principles of training very well. However, there have been so many changes in training over the years that it’s important to understand and try the latest developments. I need experts to pass on the latest developments because i cannot be up-to-date on every single topic related to this fantastic sport.

      I spent a long time researcging programs to find what I consider to be the best on the market. I hope my reader agrees.


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