The question rather should be: why not jump, if you are capable?
Lately, I’ve been just bored of squats and deadlifts, or any leg training exercise. Just a matter of staleness. My musculature is lean and proportional, and I’ve been always conscious to maintain balance. But there are times when I need to make training fun and set discipline to the side for a little bit. Actually, strike that: I still am disciplined, I just need a bit of variety. And I remember how powerful and sculpted my legs were when I was doing more martial arts. For my general activities, I don’t need to power lift and while I have enjoyed it for years (the process, the lifts, but not for the goal of competition as I am not that athlete). And power generation is just a measure of application of power and methodology.
I am leaning more and more to a natural approach, in the sense of chasing my kids and running around. But, if you’re experiencing some staleness as well with your lifts and need something to give you a nice (neural) break from the traditional, here’s what Georges Hébert has to say about jumps (and I should post what he says about running too, something that is making a comeback with new -old- findings). And, since I live in Southern California and as a personal trainer, having the year-round ability to train outdoors with the available training equipment the various parks offer, like pull-up bars, monkey bars, parallel bars, why not take advantage? Anyway, read up on the 5 reasons why jumping’s good for you!
Jumping consists of giving the body a sufficient impulse in order to cover a distance or any obstacle in one leap.
It is important to distinguish:
1) The educative jump on a prepared surface with a predetermined obstacle.
2) The applied jump with real obstacles.
These two types of jumps are also useful, both from a practical standpoint as well as physical development.
The effects of jumps on the body are the following:
1) They engage the most important parts of the body, particularly the cardiorespiratory functions;
2) They have a powerful action on the muscular development of the lower limbs and the abdomen, especially jumps without momentum;
3) They develop agility and hand-eye coordination;
4) They strengthen the feet and ankles and train the body to sustain various kinds of impact;
5) They promote flexibility and a sense of equilibrium/balance to avoid bad falls.