Last week I came across a camel jumping video that had been posted to the forum. I later posted a similar video to Facebook. It didn’t take long for the humorous comments to follow. I even found it a bit amusing. Something about jumping over a row of camels struck me as funny.
Fortunately, I’m not here to suggest that we all construct life size paper-mâché camels to increase our vertical. I do however believe that there are valuable lessons that can be taken from these Yemen jumpers.
First, take a look at a few demonstrations.
There is no questioning the impressiveness of these jumpers. With or without the raised jumping surface, these guys have some serious hops. Yet oddly enough (or not), I don’t see any of the latest Nike air shoes. All that I see are bare feet flying through the air. I’m also willing to bet that GNC doesn’t have a supplement store in this Yemen village. I’m guessing there aren’t any post-workout shakes being consumed after a camel jumping session.
What about state of the art training facilities? I doubt it. Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the Arab world.
Call it a hunch, but I’m also willing to bet that these jumpers are not “certified” in camel jumping. Imagine that it’s possible to fly through the air without a camel jumping certification… Amazing!
What about breakthrough periodization models? Nope…
Simplicity and Specificity
So here we have several impressive jumpers without any of the so-called requirements that are commonly plugged in the industry. No fancy equipment, no fancy supplements, and no certified trainers to hold their hands. In many ways, these Yemen jumpers are a welcome slap in the face towards much of the industry.
If you want to run faster, you need to run. If you want to jump higher, you need to jump. If you want to punch harder, you need to punch. Working hard with the basics will often warrant the best results. And no, I’m not suggesting that supplemental work cannot be useful, but I am suggesting that many overemphasize it, which in turn leads to less time actually practicing the required sport. If you want to jump a row of camels, you’d better spend some time jumping.
Take what you want from this message, which hopefully means working hard towards the specific (unique) needs of your chosen event.