As Colorado braces itself for an influx of non-native Marmots, this upbeat report comes in from the SBA campus conditioning folk:
It appears that SBA alpine racers and free riders set the standard at Saturday's USSA physical testing.
In the box jump - one of five tests that also included the sit and reach, the shuttle run, core test, and vertical jump - Mallory Duncan set the record out of the 100 Far West athletes being tested with 76 jumps in 60 seconds. Several other athletes came close to the record, including Mark Engle, Dylan Murtha, Scott Cooper, Dylan Brooks, Ty Sprock, Riley Plant and Critter Landsinger, all of whom completed 65 or more box jumps in 60 seconds. Caitlyn Landi-Bishop, with 55 jumps in one minute, was right up there with the top women.
How did they do it? A lot of hard work and a lot of outstanding athletic conditioners. Hats off to them all.
You can see the YouTube video of the box jump and of the typical Tuesday afternoon cardio training regimen in the SBA Performance Training Center at http://tinyurl.com/35m5c8u.
But first, to fully understand what you’re seeing, you might want to read the following from Candice Brooks, SBA Director of Athletic Conditioning:
If you walk through the SBA parking lot between 3 – 5 pm on Tuesdays, you’ll probably hear music booming, voices singing along with the tunes, and a lot of whooping and cheering coming from the Performance Training Center. All this ruckus is coming from the SBA alpine and freeride skiers as they execute their weekly Cardio Circuit Workout.
In a Cardio Circuit, athletes cycle through six different cardio stations at varied intensity levels. The stations include riding our RealRyder bikes, pulling on the Indo-Row water rowers, lateral training on slide boards, running on BOSU Balance Trainer domes, and jumping rope.
Each athlete wears a heart rate monitor and works at a percentage of their lactate threshold, which is the maximum workload that they can sustain aerobically.
A typical circuit might be 3 minutes per station with heart rates at 80% of threshold, 90 seconds per station at 100% of threshold, and then a repeat both of those cycles again. A 30 second recovery is built in after each effort as the athletes move to the next station. At the end of the 70 minute workout, every athlete is soaked with sweat and finishes with a great sense of accomplishment and a big smile. Cardio Circuits are all about getting the job done with energy, teamwork and fun!
Thanks, Candice, for your help in videotaping these sessions and for the copy!