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    Box Jump Humiliation

    My son is 14 and has been lifting with me for a year, same workouts and clean/jerks. I've always been proud of my 36" box jumps and when he started doing them last year at 5' 4" I was a proud but a little scared about how much longer I'd be "winning", lol. So this weekend I pulled out the 30" box and and did a couple to "loosen up". He gave me a smirk and retrieved the 36" pedestal and started hopping away.

    Two bloody, bruised shins later he's still hopping and I'm eyeing the 30" for next time when my legs finally heal.
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    Originally Posted by AbleBonus View Post
    My son is 14 and has been lifting with me for a year, same workouts and clean/jerks. I've always been proud of my 36" box jumps and when he started doing them last year at 5' 4" I was a proud but a little scared about how much longer I'd be "winning", lol. So this weekend I pulled out the 30" box and and did a couple to "loosen up". He gave me a smirk and retrieved the 36" pedestal and started hopping away.

    Two bloody, bruised shins later he's still hopping and I'm eyeing the 30" for next time when my legs finally heal.
    My son keeps trying to threaten my deadlift, he's about 60 lbs away but he's a little cocky about it. I'm thinking it will be two years before he catches me at which time I'll just be proud of him.
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    Tbh 36" is pretty weak op.

    No hops or cant tuck your knees?
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    Ha, it is all relative. 36" is good for my short, old, no hops self. Definitely as high as I was going to get. I have seen the crazy youtube vids with 5 foot jumps.
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    I love it when my kids pass me at physical things.
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    I don’t have a son of my own, but I remember when I finally beat my dad (rest his soul) at arm wrestling after years of trying. I think a part of him was crushed that day, and we never arm wrestled again. I don’t think it was the fact that he lost, but I think it was one of those pivotal moments when your own mortality hits you upside the head. You realize your on the downward slope of that hill. I was like, 17 or 18, and I still remember the look in his eyes as he tried to shrug it off. I wish to this day I could take it back.
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    Honestly came expecting something else - doesn't sound like humiliation to me, OP.

    I was in a different gym recently that had these 'metal stands' for jumps, but I kept psyching myself out that my feet would hook underneath the top part and I'd splatter...so after setting things up I put them away and just practiced vertical jumps. That felt like 'humiliation' to me - losing to your own mind heh.

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    When my kids beat me in any physical activity, it fills me with pride. Currently, this only applies to sprints and jumps. My son challenged me to pull ups and knocked out 17 good ones, so I hit 18 and stopped just keep him guessing if I could have gone for more. One day I hope they kick my ass in pull ups, bench, squat and deads too. It keeps me motivated to stay in shape.
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    Whenever a son challenges his father to a physical competition, it is imperative that the father deals the child a crushing and humiliating defeat....so that the child dare not muster the temerity to challenge the father ever again. That is the best way to instill proper values and to maintain proper order. The child internalizes the idea that no matter how well he does, or how much he accomplishes, you will always be better.

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    Here's a couple pics of me and Jr. I've been doing an extra session w/him after my regular workout--which I just treat more as a lightweight rehab thing, as I just do whatever amount of weight he is doing. He's a strong kid for 14 though and he actually is a couple inches taller than me (I'm wearing squat shoes with the thick soles and he is barefoot and slouching in the pics).

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    So my son came home the other day and nonchalantly told me that he broke the record for the shot-put for his Middle School at his meet earlier this week. His Middle School was built in 1980. Not bad.
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    Originally Posted by ajdahlheimer View Post
    So my son came home the other day and nonchalantly told me that he broke the record for the shot-put for his Middle School at his meet earlier this week. His Middle School was built in 1980. Not bad.
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    You guys would look just alike without the beard!
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    My kid had his first high school wrestling meet tonight (freshmen this year). Pinned both his guys. Wrestling at 178 pounds.

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    Originally Posted by ajdahlheimer View Post
    My kid had his first high school wrestling meet tonight (freshmen this year). Pinned both his guys. Wrestling at 178 pounds.

    Nice! 178 is a big hs Freshman.
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    My kid had his first high school wrestling meet tonight (freshmen this year). Pinned both his guys. Wrestling at 178 pounds.

    Very nice. If he's only a Freshman, he will go far. He's going to be big.
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    Originally Posted by Bando View Post
    Nice! 178 is a big hs Freshman.
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    Very nice. If he's only a Freshman, he will go far. He's going to be big.
    Thanks guys. Yeah, he is already 6 feet tall too. Easily taller than me, but I think I lost about an inch from squatting over the years (they tell me I am 5-10 at the Dr.). Pic from summer vacay. He benched 215 for 1 rep after football got over this fall. I told him as a freshmen I could do 115 twice. Yes--ONE hundred and fifteen pounds. LOL.

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    Originally Posted by AbleBonus View Post
    Two bloody, bruised shins later he's still hopping and I'm eyeing the 30" for next time when my legs finally heal.
    (yes, I realize this was 9 months ago)

    Watch out. My son whacked his shins doing box jumps, the injury got infected, and he spent his Spring Break college track team trip to Florida in a wheelchair. He did recover for outdoor season.

    He was born a freak of nature with insane hops and could dunk when he was 13. Eventually could hit his head on the rim and won state titles in high jump and triple jump. Did track in college and was a D1 All-American in decathlon.

    I could jump, I was the 1981 high jump champion of what is now the Horizon League and won a local slam dunk contest in 1982, but he was beating me in everything before he started high school. I can still bench press more than him, but I suspect if he worked on it he'd pass me in no time.

    btw, his mother (my wife) played college basketball and could dunk a volleyball. She was a better all around athlete than I was and I think he gets more of his athleticism from her, although we both had hops.

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    Originally Posted by ajdahlheimer View Post
    My kid had his first high school wrestling meet tonight (freshmen this year). Pinned both his guys. Wrestling at 178 pounds.
    Very cool.

    Walked through the halls during a big wrestling tourney at our college last week. There were guys sitting in misery in corners with their heads down. In swimming, my girls' sport, it's like "oh well, finished third". In wrestling, you grapple with another guy and you either win or lose. A loss that way has to be much harder to take. Just talking to my wife about this last night. Kinda made me have more respect for wrestling thinking of the mental and emotional side of it.
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