Oh but my darling,
What if you fly?”
― Erin Hanson

I’ve been going to strength training at Everyday Athlete on and off for the last three months. As yet, consistency is not a concept that I am comfortable with.

In that time, I have never attempted a box jump. I’ve watched with envy as others effortlessly make the jump. I have cautiously stepped up onto the box. And I have jumped next to the box, asking Ziyaad repeatedly if he thought that I would make it. But I have never before attempted it.

I was simply too afraid. Afraid that I would knock my shins into the heavy wooden sides of the box. Afraid that I would stumble and fall flat on my face, blood streaming from my chin. As a single woman still intent on finding her prince charming, I could not risk permanently damaging my smile.

Yesterday however, all of this changed. Yesterday, I jumped. Yesterday, after strength training class, while everyone else was busy jabbering away and far too busy to notice me, I stood in front of that box and I jumped. And I didn’t fall. I flew. And that feeling of accomplishment; that feeling of overcoming your fears; that feeling is pure, childish joy. It is a wonderful feeling.

Even though this action might seem like a minor achievement to most people, to me it is a reminder of what can be gained from facing your fears.

Benefits of box jumps

  • It reduces the risk of injury.
  • Speeds up your metabolism and allows you to lose weight faster.
  • Increases your coordination, speed and endurance. This will help you excel in any sport.

Correct technique

  • Stand in an athletic position – back straight, feet shoulder width apart, chest over feet.
  • Do not stand too far from the box.
  • Just before you jump, get into a quarter squat.
  • Swing your arms and push your feet off the floor.
  • Do not land with a thud.