We tried something different yesterday afternoon: maximum height box jumps and…vaulting? Victory was Rebekka’s, as she bested Melody by half a bumper plate. From the 24-inch plyo box, Mel cleared eight 45-lb. plates plus a 25-lb. plate, and Rebekka cleared nine 45’s. That was five feet tall, which got us to thinking—at this height, Rebekka could clear Kris C. by an inch (or three). Maybe we will try this soon.
“Physical strength is the most important thing in life. This is true whether we want it to be or not. As humanity has developed throughout history, physical strength has become less critical to our daily existence, but no less important to our lives. Our strength, more than any other thing we possess, still determines the quality and quantity of our time here in these bodies. Whereas previously our physical strength determined how much food we ate and how warm and dry we stayed, it now merely determines how well we function in these new surroundings we have crafted for ourselves as our culture has accumulated. But we are still animals—our physical existence is, in the final analysis, the only one that actually matters. A weak man is not as happy as that same man would be if he were strong. This reality is offensive to some people who would like the intellectual or spiritual to take precedence. It is instructive to see what happens to these very people as their squat strength goes up.”
–Mark Rippetoe, from Starting Strength, Basic Barbell Training, 2nd Edition
thruster (max attempt)