Gil has been
recognized by KCAL News and Outside Magazine as the "DUNK MASTER"
Gil Thomas (pictured, left) is a former
track and field high
jumper. At only 5'-8" he cleared 7' aided by a 40+ inch vertical
jump and was one of the highest measured at the University of
by strength and conditioning coach Doug Seminick. Gil credits his
RV training program for his vertical.
He has worked with several expert
trainers in Southern
California, including Marv Marinovich, Eric Moreno, and Lou
He trained speed and jump conditioning for basketball and track and
at 1987 Case Western Reserve University and 1993 Daniel Murphy High in
Also working with Gil is former Univ. of
star Bobby Austin, generally considered one of the top players ever to
come out of the Ohio area. Bobby was a two-time high-school
and finished his career at Univ. of Cincinnati as the 8th all-time
scorer in school history. He led the city of Cincinnati his
year of high-school, averaging over 30 point per game. He was
in scoring each of his 4 seasons at Univ. of Cincinnati, and led his
in free throw percentage at 89%. He was drafted by the Milwaukee
Bucks in the 1982 draft, but due to knee injury his NBA career was cut
short. Many former NBA players and fans compare Austin's
to Michael Jordan. He is now a shooting expert and a fundamentals
teacher. In his playing days, Austin was noted for his 30 foot
shot range, and his ability to break the defender down off the dribble
and attack the rim. If you want to become a better shooter, gain
knowledge on how to break down defenders, you can reach him at email firstname.lastname@example.org.
is very knowledgable with all of the JumpUSA.com basketball
such as the Bandit and the Naypalm. He works with youth athletes
all the way to pros.
Gil has trained
basketball star Bobby Austin Jr, a player with some serious
Under Gil's training, Bobby Jr had already started dunking by 8th grade.
Often working with Gil is Mario Thomas,
class high school All-American and college All-American long jumper /
jumper. Mario at 6'3" had a high enough vertical jump to put his
chin on the rim. He had been using the RV training program since
the age of 11, and at ony 12 years of age standing a mere 5'6" he was able to dunk.
set records at Lawrenceburg High in Indiana in all jumping
He trained with legendary strength coach / track coach Eric Moreno in
CA and has all of Eric's performance measurement records, such as a
vertical jump of 44", standing long jump of 10'10", and medicine ball distance
throw. Mario is a very knowledgable speed and jump trainer and
been using JumpUSA.com products for over 10 years.
Gil trained is known for his RV[repetitions &
slam dunk jumping training program.....the most scientific,regulated
jump training available...(for female athletes, too!) This is a high
shock plyometrics program. The science behind the R.V. program is
the overload principle. To overload the jumping muscles
must make it work harder than normal push it to maximum output, and by
overloading the jumping muscles to its peak rate of power, that is the
shock factor in shock plyometrics, it compels the jumping muscles to
and develop force as quickly as it can when loading times are limited
a few milliseconds. This occurs naturally when an athlete performing
jumping exercises by doing the R.V. Training plyometrics exercises
With repetition & volume this becomes an intensive jump
regimen: specifically muscle POWER overload training. See the RV
Calendar Schedule Program to see what it takes to reach your maximum
Gil is based in
Los Angeles. Contact Gil at 310-663-7484 if you
interested in training.
Gil has a mobile
fitness center and trains people all over Southern California (Los
Angeles, Orange County, Santa Monica, and North Hollywood). Mario
trains in the Riverside area - 310-508-9659. Gil has been
the hottest trainer in Los Angeles by KCAL News.
(JumpUSA is not
affiliated with Vert By Gil training programs
- Gil is an independant Speed & Jump Consultant and JumpUSA is not
liable for Gil's personal training)
Training Program Ab/Back
As a vertical jump
knows ab and back muscles are essential to Vertical Jumping. Get
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Gil's RV Training Program
Jumpsoles and these excellent Jumpsole aids:
The Power Wheel
"This workout is great, of course
for the Torso,
but especially the hamstrings. Hamstrings are responsible for 50%
of your running speed and jumping power. I truly believe the
Wheel could increase your jump 3 to 6 inches. It compliments the
Jumpsole training perfectly. Jumpsoles work your legs and calves
while the Power Wheel works your torso(the power zone) and hamstrings."
The Hyper Gravity Weight
"Proper use of the Hypergravity Weight
Belt will show
improvement in explosive power output and aid performance in
Research has shown improvement of 6-10 inches in vertical jumping was
after 4 weeks of training with the Hypergravity Weight Belt and the
training program. The study used a weekly increase in the belt
of a few pounds to max-belt loads 20-30 pounds.
I recommend you start from 4 lbs, and in
crease 2 lbs.
every two weeks. The 20 lb. weight belt allows this gradual
and if perfect for increasing vertical by training your body to get
to training in higher gravity situations."
"Use Power Jumper to increase
resistance to your
Jumpsoles workout. To make them harder, do them in a swimming
to create a low impact but difficult workout. The Power Jumper
explosiveness in each jump, helping you not only get more vertical, but
vertical. This is because it focuses loading the eccentric
in the jumping muscles. It's a great compliment to the Jumpsole
"All my clients also use JumpUSA’s
Creatine. This helps gain vertical faster and retain it.
is a key to vertical jump and keeping a low percentage of body
In addition to Creatine, try to keep a steady level of protein.
140-160 lbs – 200g protein a
180-240 lbs. – 250g protein.
Limit Sodas, Junk food, and Fast food
to low-fat meats and lots of fruits and vegetables."
Belt, Power Jumper, Power Wheel, and Plyoball can help vertical jump
from 10-21 inches from 6 months to a year. Rise Thomas clients
between 1-2 inches per month for a whole year with this system.
"At age 30, I went from
the rim to dunking the basketball with one hand. The Jumpsoles,
Belt, and Power Wheel works great. Dunking a basketball is one of
life's greatest experiences. Now I know what it feels like to
above the rim." -Sergio Siderman, Lawyer
"I emailed Gil a few
months ago because
I haven't gained much, but with Gil's RV Training Program, at 5'9" I
from not being able to touch the rim to dunking!" -Daniel Lee, email client
"I have been using the
Hypergravity Weight Belt, and the Jumpsoles, and it feels like magic
way I'm flying. I can dunk off of one step and I'm only in the
grade. Thanks JumpUSA and Vertical by Gil!" -Marcus Johnson, Los
"I went from dunking the
one hand to 360 degree dunking by using the RV program and the
Weight Belt. using Gil's RV Training Program I went from a 6'1"
jump to a 6'10" high jump, setting the record here at Case Western
University. At the height of 6' I increased my vertical jump to
inches. Thank you JumpUSA and Vertical by Gil!" -Matt Ospeck, Cleveland,
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