An Interview With The Vertical Jump Bible Creator, Kelly Baggett

Back when I was a padawan learner (I’m still a padawan learner, really…) I always seemed to seek refuge to Higher-Faster-Sports. It might not be flashy, and it may not seem like it’s all that “much,” but it’s been an archive of well written and informative training articles for a long time.

It was just the “perfect” place for me. A smattering of performance articles. A proportionate amount of physique articles.



…Blending the two?

Sounds a lot like the archive of this place you’re at now.

Needless to say, Kelly and Higher-Faster-Sports was important to me. And I always favored it over most other sites because Kelly made things seem so simple. Get your hands dirty with hardcore sports science is you’ll see it’s anything but “simple.” Try to read Supertraining without daydreaming about how good of a game A Link to The Past was. (Best in the series. Recognize.)

When I started writing, my enjoyment for Kelly’s work naturally influenced me. Merging athletics, aesthetics, and keeping things simple is — without a doubt — my “overtone.”

And so I’m hugely proud and ultimately humbled to say that I was able to snag an interview with Kelly. Check it out below.

What we talk about:

  • Training in general
  • How he makes things simple yet still effective
  • The role of Olympic weightlifting in sports performance
  • The role of the squat in sports performance
  • His new book, The Vertical Jump Bible 2.0

When Kelly dropped the first version of The Vertical Jump Bible, part of the world exploded. (Don’t quote me on this.) His revised second edition recently dropped and I can’t recommend it enough. Now, I owe Kelly a lot for everything he’s subliminally taught me. But I’m recommending the VJB2.0 out of sheer honesty and your future success.

His first Vertical Jump Bible went into the science and explained his philosophy. It kinda told the story of why he was recommending everything — it wasn’t just a stagnant training routine that you’d probably ignore five minutes after reading it.

Not only is the new edition an update on the evolution of his philosophy, but it also includes nutrition guides and some mobility assessment work. Talk about winning.

You can grab the Vertical Jump Bible 2.0 for $67. This isn’t an affiliate link. I’m not making any money from this. It’s just a genuine recommendation. One that Kelly deserves it. And because I fully believe in his stuff, I’m going to hook anyone up that buys the VJB2.0 from now until the end of this week.

So here’s the deal: Buy the Vertical Jump Bible 2.0, forward me your receipt, and then I’ll send you a copy of An Athlete’s Guide to Chronic Knee Pain. No questions asked. But it has to be dated November 21 – November 24 / 2012.

If it’s not something you’re interested in, that’s cool too. And that’s why Kelly and I nerd out for free for about an hour in the interview above. (Well, I should say Kelly spouted gold. I just went along for the ride.)

It’s not everyday you get to see Kelly Baggett in the flesh, so do your friends some justice and share this piece around town. Who wouldn’t want performance and physique principles to postulate?

Trying to lose fat, build muscle, and build a body you’re proud of?

Maybe you’re a little lost right now.

Maybe you don’t have much motivation.

Maybe you don’t what program or diet to use.

I don’t know…

But what I do know is this:

Everything you need is inside of you.

You’re capable of more than know.

You just have to open your eyes.

My weekly column can help.

Just a small little honest note from me sent every Sunday.

Unless I’m hungover.

And then it comes Monday.

What I’m trying to say is that it’ll come Monday.

(These weekly columns don’t get posted to the site.)

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  • Bobby November 21, 2012, 6:02 pm

    Got in the first view =). Also a big Kelly fan. Somewhat unrelated, but Anthony do you prefer to do jumps/tricks/athletic movements on separate days from barbell work, pre/post, or does it make a big difference in the end?

    • Anthony November 23, 2012, 4:13 pm

      Depends on your goals and training advancement. In general, you’d do them before any weighted work. I wouldn’t really recommend doing heavy lower body stuff the day before…

  • Mat Herold November 21, 2012, 7:14 pm

    Great subjects covered and solid interview. He was the first person to really hit home on the importance of maximal strength for jumping performance with his simple analogies.

    • Anthony November 23, 2012, 4:13 pm

      Thanks Mat.