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Ancient Greek Long Jump

Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:47 pm
by Bloom
I know this is not a sport that has been contested in a few thousand years, but it is AWESOME none the less. Even though I hold out no rational hope for it ever coming back into fashion, it is still a great training exercise for explosive jumping power.

What it is: 5 consecutive broad jumps (kind of like the triple jump but 5 of them and all are two-footed rather than hopped or skipped)

Why do it: for one its a cool sport that uses pure plyometric power, for another thing it was good enough for classical civilization so why not for us? we do a version of discus, javelin, and obviously running events, why not this particular jumping event?

here are some vids if you just don't understand yet.

I am not very good...yet but I am working on getting out to 16m and beyond. When I am not Vaulting of course.

Re: Ancient Greek Long Jump

Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:51 pm
by rainbowgirl28
Standing LJ and HJ were standard track events around the early 1900s, I think standing TJ might have even been contested at one point in modern history. It's fun to compare the change of events over time.