Big Box Jumps

Do one thing everyday that scares you.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

Everything is sweetened by risk.
-Alexander Smith

Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.
-General George S. Patton

If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.
-Mario Andretti

Sometimes you just have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down.
-Kobi Yamada

Thanks to Jannicke’s cool Mum Carolyn, for these images.

Sorry for the silence over the last few days; I feel both an obligation and internal desire to post regularly here, but I had a hard time recovering properly from this past weekend’s races.

I feel great now, but I think that when too tired to carry on proper conversation with anyone other than the dog, blogging is a bad idea.

9 Responses to “Big Box Jumps”

  1. You think you had a hard time recovering watch my race last saturday.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=aYF1P9DBAgo

  2. Take it easy Andrew.. this is just the beginning ;)

    FYI, my Milwaukee trip is THIS weekend and not next!

  3. Where can I get plyometric platforms like those?

  4. I’d be afraid I’d fall over backwards as soon as I land on the top of the platform. Even if I could reach the platform, I think I’d be limited to about three before I’d feel spent.

    I understand you need to pull away from the blogging. I thank you for your committment to continue the blog, as it is my only link to UOO life.

  5. Andrew PLEASE keep posting. Your blog is a window to the amazing place. Where many like me are inspired to jump to any new height. I will start promoting your blog may the page views go UP!

  6. Mike,

    those pylo boxes are commonly available, they are called “power pylometric boxes” google them and you can find them..

    they are not cheap… but most high end 24 hour fitness locations also have exactly these boxes….

    although the big ones have “visual impact” for something like this post, to be honest, we use the big box rarely.. the truly useful one is the small one, and its no bigger than a cinder block (and a cinder block would do just fine) we use that for depth, reaction, & explosive sideways jumps… we drop off the box, and then jump

    this said, have a VERY solid strength training base before doing depth jumps, some coaches say that you should be able to back squat 1.5 to 2 times your body weight before doing intensive plyos… plyos are awesome, but they are very high impact training, and are easy to hurt yourself with… Jumping up onto a box takes away some of the impact…

    and I plan to keep blogging about this crazy intense world of speedskating, at least through the end of this season… after that… time will tell….

  7. Derek Parra was amazing to watch doing the big box. He it only 5′4″ and has incredible vertical leaping ability when we did these with Bart. I cleared the big box a couple of times then but when I was tired I missed by a little. Better to miss by a lot than a little. I scraped my skins really bad back in 2003. your body is telling you to be scared for a good reason. You can get hurt good as I did. That messed me up good for a few weeks. Derek also could do 3-4 times his body weight the year he was sqatting 1999. I still haven’t got up to 800 pounds (4 times my body) but I’ve squatted 405 for 5 reps. I love lifting weights. Great core work.

  8. This is flooding my head with bad memories…
    I had a little log fence to jump over…and I’m still in PT because of it!! Ouch!

    Yes, please do continue to blog Andrew…it gives all of us in this skating tribe a place to share our thoughts on training and this sport…and to cheer and encourage a fellow skater (YOU!) to rip out those fast times on the ice!!!

  9. Looking at these pictures makes me want to get up off this computer and head on over to the gym! Hope you’ve been well, Andrew. It’s been a while since I’ve been around “blog-hopping”. Have a great weekend!

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