Box Jump Anxiety

Ready for today's box jumps??

Whether or not you want to admit it, I have seen you stare down the box in front of you, hesitating.  You are sizing it up - literally.  The box is intimidating you.  You have a small aversion, or even an outright fear of box jumps.

Don't fret, this is a natural fear.  Think about it... unless you are short like me, adults don't really jump during their daily lives.  But this doesn't mean it isn't completely conquerable.  Here are some tips to help you master that jump.

Start Small

Just like anything, you should always start with the basics - this means the 12" box.  If that freaks you out, jump from standing on top a plate or two to the box, and work your way down to the floor.  Once you have that down, then add plates on the 12" until you are ready to move up to the 16"... and so on and so forth.

Visualization

If you can't imagine doing it - you'll never do it.  Stare down that top of the box and don't let it psych you out!  Imagine your feet planting softly and solidly on the top and standing tall and proud.

Get Emotional

You will often hear us tell you to get mad at the bar to move heavy weight.  The same philosophy can be applied to the box.  Get mad at it.  Imagine someone or something you don't like is sitting on the top of it and you are going to jump on it and smash it.  DO IT!

Make It Routine

Don't let the few times you see box jumps on the whiteboard be the only time you face them - it will take a lot longer to overcome your fears and you will be less excited to come workout on those days.  Instead, start incorporating box jumps into your warm up.  Then as you get more confident, try jumping on things outside the gym: the park bench, your bed, your desk (just be sure not to freak out the other suits in your office who aren't into jumping on office property).  Jump until it becomes a natural part of your life.

If at First You Don't Succeed, Try Try Again

Often, when we fail at something, we build it up as something bigger than it is in our heads.  Then it becomes a "thing."  That is a good way to end up with a phobia.  So if you try a new height, or just fail on a jump - don't stop there.  Immediately pick yourself back up and do it.  Prove the little man on your shoulder telling you "you can't" wrong.