This is the time of year that you'll be inundated with messages of getting fitter, losing weight, finally getting on track for good, etc. etc. I try really hard not to fall into the trap as a personal trainer and coach. I don't ever want someone working with me because they feel guilted into it or buckle under the societal pressure. So, yes, I'm about to tell you about the challenge I built for my current coaching and workout only members BUT I want you to know that it might not be the best fit for you.
And that's okay.
This challenge isn't a program to lose weight. It's not a place to punish yourself for things you feel that you did "bad" in December. It's not for you if you're just joining it because you think you have to have a program to start the year.
IT'S ONLY FOR YOU IF YOU WANT TO GET BETTER AT JUMPING.
But, like all skills, jumping is a thing you have to train for.
I, myself, am a notoriously bad jumper. I actually think one of the things that made me a good blocker was that my feet wanted to stay firmly planted to the ground at all times. Like, all the time. It makes you hard to move if your feet won't lift off the ground.
But there are times when being a better jumper has helped me. That springiness makes it possible for me to jump the apex (a little) if I ever have to get to front of the pack quickly or take a star pass. It also means that I can produce more force through each strike of my feet and that gives me the speed I need to chase after jammers and swallow them whole. And, once I got used to it, I realized that jumping can be kind of fun.
It's a delicate balance of increasing your STRENGTH and muscular endurance, boosting your POWER, and nailing the MECHANICS of a good jump. Equal parts body training and brain training. Jump training can be designed to help you get those hops while still ensuring that you are strong, solid, and stable for your new (or current season).
I promise, it's not all just box jumps over and over until you die.
Hi, I'm Prime.
World class coach. Okay skater. Intense Introvert. Head Cephalopod.
And before I started studying Exercise Science I was always working too hard in the gym and getting burned out. Or not working hard enough and getting beat.
Since I'm wildly competitive, that just wasn't going to do it for me.
So I sat down in my office with my charts and graphs and red pieces of yarn and started to put together a periodized program that would get me where I need to be for that specific point in the season.
The Cephalopod Squad was born out those charts and graphs.
Turns out it doesn’t have to take hours in the weight room to build strong, athletic new skaters. It doesn’t have to cut into the super important time you spend actually skating.
You just have to do the right thing at the right time.
And these challenges help you do that.