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Why Aren't You Jumping? Box Jumps and Maintaining Cat-Like Reflexes

There are certain physical abilities every human being should strive to maintain as long as possible: sprinting, jumping, throwing, squatting, push-ups, etc.

For one, if you regularly do these activities, you will remain an impressive physical specimen for your entire life.

Secondly, think functionally, you need to sprint away from a bee without pulling a hammy. You need to be able to jump out of the way of a car. You need to be able to get in and out of a chair. You need to be able to push yourself off of the ground if you fall.

Why is it that after our sporting careers are over we quit jumping? Jumping is a phenomenal exercise, helps us increase power, maintain balance/ coordination, and keeps us agile. Jumping is not reserved for athletes. I had a 70-year-old client at the athletic club whose favorite exercise was 24-inch box jumps. (We built up to that over time and he was in great shape).

If you haven't done box jumps in a long time (or ever) start small! Jump to something you are confident you can land and then step back down to the starting position.

When you are ready to push yourself you can try increasing the height or try rebounding box jump to get in more reps in a shorter amount of time. Disclaimer: I do rebounding box jumps but they do carry more risk, so they're not for the untrained and be mindful of listening to your body.

Check out both the step-down box jump and rebounding version in my Quick YouTube Tutorial on Box Jump Variations!

What are you waiting for? Get to jumping! Not sure if I want to close this out with "Jump Around" or "Fly Like an Eagle!"



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