How To Measure Your Vertical Jump

So you’ve got your training regimen down and you’re working towards that goal of jumping higher.

You can feel your legs getting stronger, but how are you going to measure the progress you’re making?

Here are a few methods to measure your vertical jump:

A Flat Wall

  1. Stand up against a flat wall and reach up above your head as high as you can. Make sure to keep your feet flat on the ground.
  2. Then, grab a pencil and mark off the highest point. This is referred to as your “standing reach” and will be the base of the measurement.
  3. Next, have someone watch you while you take several jumps from a standing position. Have them keep their eye on the highest point you reached and mark it on the wall. The difference between this point and your standing reach is your standing vertical jump. This is the most common method of measurement.

Vertical Jump Device

This method is widely used to test the vertical jumps of college and professional athletes, but you can do this yourself as well.

What you will need is a vertical jump testing device, or a lengthy pole containing a number of prongs protruding out from the top portion. Each prong measures a different height.

In order to test your vertical, you will jump from a standstill and swat the highest prong you can manage. The prongs each have a height recorded on it, and the prong you swat will correspond to the height of your jump. You can see this device in action every year at the NFL scouting combine.

Measuring Board

  1. Use a measuring board that marks off about 2-4 feet above your height. So if you’re 6 feet tall, use a board that marks off 8-10 feet.
  2. Attach this board on the wall at the corresponding height.
  3. Then, measure your standing reach as we did in the first method.
  4. Simply jump three times from a standstill and try to hit the highest point you can on the board. Subtract your standing reach and you have your vertical jump height.