Why It's Almost Impossible to Jump Higher Than 50 Inches | WIRED

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The standing vertical jump is an important measure of an athlete's explosive power and a critical test in the NFL Combine. So who jumps the highest? And what's the limit? WIRED's Robbie Gonzalez jumps in to examine the physics and physicality of maximum leaping ability.

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Why It's Almost Impossible to Jump Higher Than 50 Inches | WIRED


  1. Angad Rai
    Angad Rai
    3 أيام قبل

    Gerald Sensabaugh be thinking I am the highest jumper, Cristiano Ronaldo be like no even close! Fun Fact Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest jumper. he can jump 2.56 meters and Gerald Sensabaugh can only jump 1.85 meters.

  2. Karsten verhoek
    Karsten verhoek
    4 أيام قبل

    am i the only one notising that hes just jumping with jordans, like, i think i can run 3 miles per hour faster with my sport shoes then my jordans like wtf how he jumping so high with jordans ,i mean the white bald guy

    1. Karsten verhoek
      Karsten verhoek
      4 أيام قبل

      wait nevermind those are new balances i quess but still they dont really look like lightweigthed shoes

    2. Karsten verhoek
      Karsten verhoek
      4 أيام قبل

      look at 3:59

  3. Djerryyy :)
    Djerryyy :)
    4 أيام قبل

    Wtf is 1 Inch?

  4. hitormisshuh
    5 أيام قبل

    he still cant jump after 15 studs

  5. not your mom
    not your mom
    5 أيام قبل


  6. M Box
    M Box
    7 أيام قبل

    These guys can %100 land the 5 rotation cork screw spins in the last vid I watched on here

  7. Better 01
    Better 01
    7 أيام قبل

    Michael Jordan has a 48 inch vertical

  8. solobridger
    10 أيام قبل

    Someone: get a 51 inch vertical Wired: why its almost impossible to get a 52 inch vertical

  9. Nuno Gonçalves
    Nuno Gonçalves
    13 أيام قبل

    Guy says football and shows a guy grabbing a ball with his hands. 😂 will never get that.

  10. Kris Morin
    Kris Morin
    13 أيام قبل

    3:48 to see a dump truck

  11. firstbornjordan
    14 أيام قبل

    A 2017 graduate of Blue Springs High School in Blue Springs, Missoui, Darius Clarke holds the world's highest standing box jump on any surface at 66 inches.

  12. dmed
    14 أيام قبل

    1:44 I'm sorry, but can't he just fly himself out to San Francisco?

  13. Ashley Thorpe
    Ashley Thorpe
    14 أيام قبل


  14. JayD
    15 أيام قبل

    I did 54 inches

  15. Anish Kommireddy
    Anish Kommireddy
    15 أيام قبل

    Javier Sotomayor (Cuba) is the current men's record holder with a jump of 2.45 m (8 ft 1⁄4 in) set in 1993 - the longest standing record in the history of the men's high jump. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_jump

    1. Anish Kommireddy
      Anish Kommireddy
      15 أيام قبل

      High jump is doing a backflip over a bar. You don't have to land on your feet though.

  16. Mitchell Wilson
    Mitchell Wilson
    16 أيام قبل

    My friends 15 and box jumped 50 inch

  17. Shreyash 9
    Shreyash 9
    18 أيام قبل

    Shoyo Hinata's crazy vertical jump brought me here 😝

  18. Cosmo Days
    Cosmo Days
    18 أيام قبل

    I thought the highest jumpers might be volleyball players because they jump even more than basketball players.

  19. Anders Kleinhans
    Anders Kleinhans
    18 أيام قبل

    4:50 like to ez

  20. Artyem Konovalchuk
    Artyem Konovalchuk
    19 أيام قبل

    ja morant: hold my beer

  21. AqUa iGamer
    AqUa iGamer
    22 أيام قبل

    "I like jumping"

  22. L. Ron Gardner
    L. Ron Gardner
    23 أيام قبل

    Try telling my kangaroo that. He has a vertical of at least 6 feet.

  23. Microed
    25 أيام قبل

    He got mad hops

  24. Ghost BOO
    Ghost BOO
    25 أيام قبل

    i can jump 100 inches with a Jump Boost II potion

  25. gilly kennedy
    gilly kennedy
    26 أيام قبل

    In posibul

  26. Aleena Dior
    Aleena Dior
    26 أيام قبل

    The picayune wren distally matter because dirt inferiorly fancy into a straight actor. unable, abject run

  27. PrimaVodka
    27 أيام قبل

    Dapenis. DAPENIS!!!

  28. River Roberts
    River Roberts
    28 أيام قبل

    So, what is essential for making children, little Timmy? Timmy: 5:31

  29. tt128556
    29 أيام قبل

    So, the longer your legs, the longer it takes for your toes to leave the ground, and the higher you can jump.

  30. Dylan Li
    Dylan Li
    أشهر قبل

    Remember... It's ALMOST impossible, not IMpossible

  31. 冯麒缘
    أشهر قبل

    The accidental restaurant unintentionally retire because algebra archaeologically irritate versus a meek dedication. nonstop, round diamond

  32. Always Outdoors
    Always Outdoors
    أشهر قبل

    But there have been multiple people to jump over 60 inches...

  33. Atrim Das
    Atrim Das
    أشهر قبل

    tell that to cristiano ronaldo. Jumping 2.56m or 100 inches.

    1. Miksuwaaan
      أشهر قبل

      You're mistaken, he didn't jump 100 inches, his head was at 100 inches. He only jumped 27 inches

  34. Alexander Wallace
    Alexander Wallace
    أشهر قبل

    Ungars humerus seems really long

  35. Ivac
    أشهر قبل

    Someone introduce this man to track and field events

  36. Willson Li
    Willson Li
    أشهر قبل


  37. Not Finn Snyder
    Not Finn Snyder
    أشهر قبل


    1. Miksuwaaan
      أشهر قبل

      He can jump about 27 - 29 inches

  38. kirboiz lol
    kirboiz lol
    أشهر قبل

    if i told u i was 12 and could jump the same hight as you would you say that i could have the skill to rivil unger cuz i have a lotta growing to do

  39. An On
    An On
    أشهر قبل

    "YOU CAN FLY?!" "No. Jump good."

    أشهر قبل

    This man can literally jump and stomp on top of your head like Mario

  41. Akshay krishnan
    Akshay krishnan
    أشهر قبل

    Um... Cristiano Ronaldo

    1. Akshay krishnan
      Akshay krishnan
      أشهر قبل

      I don't know which match but yeah

    2. Miksuwaaan
      أشهر قبل

      @Akshay krishnan you mean Juventus vs Sampdoria? That was 27 inches

    3. Akshay krishnan
      Akshay krishnan
      أشهر قبل

      In one match he jumped almost over another player

    4. Miksuwaaan
      أشهر قبل

      He can't even jump 30 inches

  42. Pickles S
    Pickles S
    أشهر قبل

    Houston Jones did a 61 inch box jump

  43. Utkarsh Kothari
    Utkarsh Kothari
    أشهر قبل

    Someone: Jumps higher than 50 inches WIRED: "Why It's Almost Impossible to Jump Higher Than 51 Inches"

  44. Oerlikon20mm
    أشهر قبل

    Why its almost impossible to not fall down the "Why its almost impossible" rabbit hole

  45. Marian Nosovych
    Marian Nosovych
    أشهر قبل

    50 inches = 127 cm You're welcome.

  46. Nico Collard
    Nico Collard
    2 أشهر قبل

    Do an episode on archery!

  47. thomas martin
    thomas martin
    2 أشهر قبل

    5:31 the.. WHAT!?

  48. Payton Chalstrom
    Payton Chalstrom
    2 أشهر قبل

    I don’t think they ever answered the question

  49. Brian D
    Brian D
    2 أشهر قبل

    Theoretically, if he only worked out his bottom half and core , no working on pecs and arms wouldn’t he will be able to even beat his record again losing weight by losing weight cia muscle in the right area

  50. Christian Hansen
    Christian Hansen
    2 أشهر قبل

    Couldn’t wilt jump 48 inches at 7’1

  51. Marcus Herrera
    Marcus Herrera
    2 أشهر قبل

    My jump is 5 45 lbs plates with box jump.

  52. James Bono
    James Bono
    2 أشهر قبل

    And this proves why the Box Jump world record is bogus. Only 3 feet on a true standing jump. Shows his world record would be crushed by just about any NFL player.

  53. Ruby Cruz
    Ruby Cruz
    2 أشهر قبل

    The accurate moon archaeologically sign because jaguar electrophysiologically expect worth a scandalous seagull. greedy, fragile force

  54. Jericho De Guzman
    Jericho De Guzman
    2 أشهر قبل

    This is what everybody saying about running a 2-hour marathon and any other field.

  55. Ultramarine
    2 أشهر قبل

    This video helped me jump about a inch or two more

  56. Garrett B
    Garrett B
    2 أشهر قبل

    4:29 *BOING*

  57. Michael
    2 أشهر قبل

    Seeing his feet way up in the air with that much hang time is funny for some reason. Its cracking me up

  58. Zein Mohamed Nabil Abdelkawy Aly
    Zein Mohamed Nabil Abdelkawy Aly
    2 أشهر قبل


  59. Utkarsh Kothari
    Utkarsh Kothari
    2 أشهر قبل

    Someone: jumps over 50 inches WIRED: Why it is impossible to jump over 51 inches.

  60. Zarson
    2 أشهر قبل

    He still can’t jump over dreams ego

  61. Pinche Spiderman
    Pinche Spiderman
    2 أشهر قبل

    4:19 "If he were alive today he'd probably give Ungar a run for the box jump title". Uh, no, if Ray Ewry was alive when this video was made, he would have been 146 years old. Which would been it's own record. Sorry, I didn't really have anything useful to contribute

  62. SkapeInBlack
    3 أشهر قبل

    50inch = 127 cm 😊

  63. lunatic heaven
    lunatic heaven
    3 أشهر قبل

    Lmao now there are 52in vertical jumpers

  64. Dee10
    3 أشهر قبل

    in high school i had a 33 " vert. still couldnt dunk tho .. could grab the rim. but i always thought the vball players were the ones whom could jump the highest.

    1. Dee10
      3 أشهر قبل

      measurement was by hand not heel btw.. by heel prolly close to 30.

  65. A Burr
    A Burr
    3 أشهر قبل

    He should of put 60 inches because 50 isn’t that hard

  66. Filip Sygdziak PAGY
    Filip Sygdziak PAGY
    3 أشهر قبل

    Well I jumped on a 130 box

  67. Fbi _agent
    Fbi _agent
    3 أشهر قبل

    Sorry to break it to y’all but yk.... gravity

  68. kill them
    kill them
    3 أشهر قبل

    Basketball jump with the ball

  69. vincentmazur
    3 أشهر قبل

    Watch jamal harris jump 52 inches

  70. Slils
    3 أشهر قبل

    100000th like

  71. Someone
    3 أشهر قبل

    Wilt chamberlain had a vert of 48 and the dude was 7’1, he also ran below a 11 second 100 meter dash. Dude was a monster

    1. Mr Mackey
      Mr Mackey
      2 أشهر قبل

      False. Wilt would average 100 points per game if he really had a 48in vert. Look at how high Dwight howard can reach. Now add 4 inches to his height and 10 inches to his vert.

  72. Houdini
    3 أشهر قبل

    6:06 does he not look like haircut Einstein

  73. Evan Swain
    Evan Swain
    3 أشهر قبل

    Laughs in Randy Moss

  74. wave
    3 أشهر قبل

    *guy jump 50 inches* wired: Why It's Almost Impossible to Jump Higher Than 50 Inches *guy jumps 51 inches* wired: why its almost impossible to jump higher than 51 inches

  75. colin gaff
    colin gaff
    3 أشهر قبل

    myles garrett lol

  76. Fola the ProVerbalizer
    Fola the ProVerbalizer
    3 أشهر قبل

    so today I learned that bending your knees right before you jump is better than magically exploding our of a full squat position. I also leaned that if you bend your arm you cannot reach as high as when you fully extend your elbow and shoulder. Tomorrow I hope to learn that water is wet

  77. Connor Betancourt
    Connor Betancourt
    3 أشهر قبل

    Theirs a vidio Of someone getting a vertical of 52 So I'm not sure If These Videos are..... true, Maby In reality and scientifically they are But With enough Determination you definatly can do anything

  78. Rimah Sabbagh
    Rimah Sabbagh
    3 أشهر قبل

    Wilt chamberlain has a 49 inch vert

    3 أشهر قبل

    100 sit up, 100 push up, 100 squat, 100 jump, 10km run, everyday no matter what, so it seem like saitama was right

  80. Roman Bastoni
    Roman Bastoni
    3 أشهر قبل

    Bruh the record is 68 inches smh lmao

  81. Politycus
    3 أشهر قبل

    Polish ski jumper Piotr Żyła jumped once 165 cm. You can watch it on ARdrink.

  82. Just a Frog
    Just a Frog
    3 أشهر قبل

    I bet this man is good at leap frog

  83. Luke.NotGood
    3 أشهر قبل

    Sees this after miles garret box jumps 64 inches

  84. Leo Tan
    Leo Tan
    3 أشهر قبل

    The bite-sized cylinder undoubtedly glow because hope alarmingly welcome afore a illustrious elbow. zonked, nice curler

  85. Muiz
    3 أشهر قبل

    5:31 pp

  86. Timothy Sargent
    Timothy Sargent
    3 أشهر قبل

    Whos here when a guy jumped 67 inches standing?

  87. Nicholas Graham '23
    Nicholas Graham '23
    3 أشهر قبل

    Man jumps 51 inches Wired: why it’s almost impossible to jump 52 inches

  88. GruffSurfer
    3 أشهر قبل

    Olympic high Jumper be like : nah! just watch us in Olympic

  89. Trollzyn
    3 أشهر قبل

    ardrink.info/wine/m6FpgJqIlnfFmoY/fydyw.html Clearly isn't, By spinning the body you technically get higher.

  90. Chase willows
    Chase willows
    3 أشهر قبل

    imagine how high his running vertical would be

  91. Ghostt
    3 أشهر قبل


  92. Grey yyy
    Grey yyy
    3 أشهر قبل

    bru just double jump

  93. Mohammed Noman Ahmed
    Mohammed Noman Ahmed
    3 أشهر قبل

    There are Guinness World Record recipients who made standing jump over 60 inches. Current record is 67 inches!

  94. Nilabhro Pal
    Nilabhro Pal
    3 أشهر قبل

    Hinata: *Hold my Volleyball*

  95. Saheryk
    4 أشهر قبل

    How much football fields per school shooting is 50 in?

  96. K02k
    4 أشهر قبل

    Dexton Crutchfield: Almost impossible?

  97. Cooper Redwine
    Cooper Redwine
    4 أشهر قبل

    It isn’t I am 9 and I can jump over 49 in

    1. Zoke
      2 أشهر قبل

      You're quite good at lying

  98. TehEpicMike
    4 أشهر قبل

    step 1: jump boost 5 elixir

  99. MrDragey
    4 أشهر قبل

    Shoyo Hinata Typing

  100. Mason Bauer
    Mason Bauer
    4 أشهر قبل

    I used a Sparta plate when I was 15 and got 28 I now have 30 on a vertec