This will be a 12 part look into the 12 basics of movement. To summarize the 12 movements are;
Walking – part I
Running – part II
Jumping – part III
Moving on all fours
This week we will look into the Third of the essential movements.
OK, just like walking and running, jumping is something that everyone (most) has done and can do in life. But, like walking and running, jumping can and should be an integral part of your daily life.
Now unlike walking and running there is very little debate over whether it is better for you or should be done barefoot or any other argument for its merit. It is either do or don’t do. The many different forms of jumping have been a steadfast form of exercise for decades if not longer. In this post we will discuss several of its many forms. I will offer some of my favorites as well as a few wonderful articles or websites to get started. From jumping rope in your garage to more advanced work through Parkour.
Jumping rope has easily been around for as long as or longer than I can think of. There is no Rocky movie without the jumping rope scene. Boxing and Mixed Martial arts have jumping rope ingrained together. Trust me; its merit goes well beyond just for the boxer or MMA junky. I personally use both a weighted and speed rope. I even try to get the kids involved. It is a fantastic full body work out for very little price and effort. Getting started is simple. Get a Good jump rope. Start with a speed rope. Simple start in a forward motion, then work in harder methods such as reverse and one legged or moving.
Parkour is a movement based performance art developed in France. I have spoken many times of the benefit of MOVNAT, which developed as an off shoot of Parkour. Parkour is far more of an advanced form of jumping and running. Think precision jumping. Now I will never say I am or possibly could be a Parkour practitioner. But, exercise drills using this mentality are perfect for our needs. Zombiefit is a web site for Parkour workouts and routines. I personally have used many of their WOD’s or Workout of the days. I would suggest using their teaching from the WOD and adjusting to your ability level. Another suggestion would be to look for a local chapter on American Parkour and go watch a demonstration.
That’s about it for jumping, very straight forward. Keys are, doing it. Try and coordinate a more precise style of jumping, rather than just jumping around like Pippy Longstocking, and do both jumps up and down.