matt grant

watch where you put your feet

I’ve just started including lower body plyometric work into my training schedule. After some input from a few people, I’ve decided to add in one session a week for a couple of cycles to see how it goes.

The aim is to improve my dynamic movement for climbing, enable me to more efficently apply power and hopefully do it in a way which compliments my existing leg strength. The programming is nothing complicated. Simple movements - broad jumps, standing verticals, rebound and maximal box jumps off of both one and two legs, that sort of thing. Low rep range, long rests.

At the end of last Wednesday’s session (the second one I’ve done so far), I missed a box jump.

It was the penultimate jump of the session.

I took my eyes off the box for a split second and lost some skin as a result.

It was a sharp reminder. I got complacent. I expected just to be able to make it without thinking. But rather than getting caught up in creating a narrative, I knew I had to just move on.

I’d been here before. I started doing box jumps a few months ago and missed one. It got in my head. One session and I was done. I told myself it wasn’t worth it and that was that.

This time it was an opportunity to learn.

This time, after missing the jump, I completed two more to finish the set. And as I drove home, I started to ask questions of myself. To explore my feelings. As soon as it happened I felt angry. Why is that? Why do I do this?

The point is not to avoid feeling angry. The point is to recognise that it’s ok for me to feel angry, to experience that feeling and then to move on. It’s going to happen. What’s important is what I learn and how it changes my approach in the future.

I have to see every occasion like this as a chance to grow. Identify what lessons I can take away and commit to applying them. Every day, every week, how much have I changed? How can I create a better version of myself?

I’m going to continue with the plyo work. Who knows if it will help my climbing, but I’m going to test my limits nonetheless.