The last four years of training on the Super Cat has earned my son Gary a three step 48-inch vertical jump. The question that is asked so often is, “How was he able to go so far beyond the average jumping ability of athletes.”
I have talked with coaches all across America concerning their athletes’ inability to get off the floor. What we are finding is that the lack of development in vertical jump is stemming from low intensity training programs.
I believe that there are two essential factors in vertical jump development. First, a high level “power intensity exercise, and second, the continuity of training over an extended period of time. Gary’s training program has covered a period of four years and although he has reached a great vertical, we still believe there is yet remaining more potential.
The fact that Gary has so drastically improved his jumping has raised a few eyebrows, one of which is Dr. Sam Shalala of Houston, Texas. Dr. Shalala is an exercise physiologist who spends a great deal of time training professional athletes in the area of speed and vertical jump. He has observed Gary’s development over the past four years and is presently preparing a research study on the physiological effects to the muscle fibers and the alterations that occur when fibers undergo a sustained high intensity training activity of a lengthy duration.
The understanding which has emerged here at Powernetics relative to the Super Cat’s conditioning program is twofold. The first being the explosive exercises when interacting with the appropriate power load creates the desired intensity, which in turn causes the muscle fiber to undergo transformation and adaptation in harmony with the nature of the force being applied. that is the reason we stress no coasting through the exercise, and a continual increase in the weight as time progresses, yet maintaining the same explosive quality in the exercise.