THE BENEFITS OF WINTER JUMPS TRAINING

Nick Hodgson Triple JumpWould you like next aths season to be awesome and successful?

It is traditional in Australia to play winter sport and summer sport and there is often a strong delineation between the two: Footy season starts when cricket season finishes, and cricket season starts when footy finishes. However more and more we are seeing a cross over between seasons – footy pre-season starts before cricket has completed their finals and vice versa.

When it comes to jumps, the need to have a season and then a break during off-season is less relevant and even detrimental for a number of reasons:

  1. Jumps training is a valuable add-on to other sports training: That is if you do football, basketball or netball during winter – keeping up some jumps training through the winter months will actually assist your sporting performance on the field or court.
  2. Because the fitness acquired through jumps training needs to constantly developed and reinforced. If you do a great summer of jumps training, and then none through winter – you will be back to first base when the next season arrives. If you keep training though, you will be building on top of the training you did last summer.
  3. Jumps conditioning is additive and cumulative – if you can keep up consistency and regularity with your training in the off-season you will see ongoing and more dramatic improvements when competing next season. As a younger athlete my biggest PBs were done at the start of a new season after strong off-season training.
  4. The flip side of building the jumps conditioning base is that it is not permanent. That is, you may be in great jumps condition now after a summer’s season of competing and training, but if you stop training you don’t get to keep that base – it erodes through time and inactivity. I can often see the disappointment in a young athlete’s face when they return for pre-season in September and realise that they are miles away from last season’s condition.
  5. Off season jumps training can be diverse, fun and great for your total body conditioning. We often stay out of the sand pit for much of the winter instead doing drills, plyometrics, bounding, body weight exercises, resistance work etc. building  a solid base for future PBs.
  6. You will be in good shape for the school athletics events that are often through term 2 and 3. I often get calls from athletes in a panic 1-2 weeks ahead of a school event and I’m afraid not much can be achieved in such a short time frame.
  7. When you keep up jumps training you can progress in complexity and difficulty with your drills and activities. Jumps training becomes more and more interesting, challenging and rewarding as you build a bigger base. There are so many different ways of developing the skills and strengths of jumping but only if you first have the solid foundation from which to progress.
  8. Jumps training is great for health, vitality and even beauty: Because jumps training is great for tone, posture, flexibility and fitness – you will look and feel better if you keep up a consistent training schedule through time.
  9. Keeping up training will reduce chances of injury when the start of the next season arrives – most injuries occur when trying to do activities that the body is not “hardened” to. By continuing training through the off-season you can massively reduce this risk.

If you are interested in keeping up some jumps training this winter then please let Nick know so that he can keep you updated on days, times and locations.

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