MAINTENANCE / TAPER
Since I’m stopping VCE after 8 of 12 phases it’s not fair to immediately test my vert and consider that to be what the program delivered. I know the CNS takes longer than muscles to fully recover so I scheduled some shorter maintenance sessions (adapted from Vert Shock) which I will do for 2-3 weeks, testing my vert once a week.
Around The Square – 3 x 4
Tuck Jumps – 2 x 10
180 Squat Jumps – 3 x 10
Lunge Jumps – 3 x 12
I forgot how great it feels to do tuck jumps, the reactive ball of the foot contact must surely translate well to jumping.
Lateral High Jumps – 3 x 20
Single Leg Box Jumps – 2 x 8
Seated Jumps – 3 x 8
I took depth jumps out of this because those are very demanding on the CNS and the goal is to give mine a break.
Uphill Sprints – 4 x 20m
Uphill broad jumps – 15,15,12
I had to do these on a side road and needed to bail from the final set as a car was coming. I’m rarely that out of breath following VCE but 15 broad jumps do it for me.
Foam roll, 11 stretches
A1 Deadbug Rocker – 3 x 8
A2 Mini Band Ankle Turn – 3 x 25
Toe Raises – 3 x 8 x 3 secs
SL ball of foot turn – 3 x 6
I was picking a selection from the Phase 1 core/mobility day.
Vert Test – 25 jumps, best of 73cm/28.75″
Beyond the warm up I stuck with a LR plant as that gets me the most height. I got quite high walking into a 2 step approach and only slightly better from a full approach. I uploaded everything to YouTube so people could give me feedback ahead of next Tuesday, the video is below. I felt good but not amazing so I’m still hopefully that with another week of rest I can get higher (PB is 74cm).