Standing Box Jump - Ryan Moody sets world record
MIDVALE, UT, USA -- Ryan Moody, 25, has
made a successful 56 inch standing box jump at a local gym
in Midvale Utah, known as CrossFit 801 - setting the new world
record for the Highest
Standing Box Jump.
Ryan Moody says: "3 huge tire tractors
were rolled out and stacked up to create the landing platform.
Don't let the photos fool you, at a platform height of 56",
this is no easy feat. Especially considering I chime in at
a solid 5 foot 9 inches, this attempt equates to 81% of my
" The morning of left me full of nerves,
and a sleepless night created some concern as to whether I
would have the energy to jump land at this height."
"The gym was full of fellow crossfitters,
gym owners, friends, and family. The pressure to perform was
on, and the hope to provide a successful attempt ran high."
" After doing my regular warm up of;
4 practice jumps each at 45, 48, and 50 inches. I raised the
practice height to 52 inches at 2 repetitions, and repeated
this again at 54 inches. I was now as ready as I could be,
to attempt the 56 inch platform."
There is a big mental aspect to box
jumps. As the height increases, so does the danger and potential
for injury. The platform heights become increasingly intimidating
from about 50 inches and on.
" In past attempts at different heights,
i have put dents into my shin bones, split my leg wide open,
nearly dislocated my hips, been knocked unconscious, and even
lost layers of skin on my legs. The potential for slipping,
or missing a solid landing, and falling is very high. If my
footing on the landing isn't solid, or is misdirected often
times this results in a legs overhead fall to the ground."
"I am not your average jumper. I have
an interesting medical history, one in which has pushed me
as a man to live life to its fullest. Aside from a bad snowboarding
accident, that left me with double knee surgery to remove
bone shards and fix torn ligaments, only 1.5 years prior to
my world record attempt. Nearly 5 years ago you could find
me lying in a bed at all hours of the day and night, in a
hot attic room in Lisbon Portugal, near paralyzed.
When I was 8 years old I flipped over
the handle bars of my bicycle and landed face first on a sewer
drain. I shattered my teeth, and permanently damaged my neck
Fast forward 17 years to that attic in
Portugal, a sports injury caused my nervous system to stop
communicating any thing other than pain. No doctors in the
surrounding countries were successful in helping me to get
better. I was sent back to the U.S., where the technology
was great enough to make me mobile and near pain free again.
I vowed from that day on, I would never
let opportunities pass me by but rather to live like I am
I have never ran track, or done the high
jump. My sports background is martial arts, and basketball.
Often being the shortest on the team, speed and jumping ability
was a must. It was fitness that not only brought stability
to my body but also my life. Fitness has brought me to the
point of this 56 inch standing box jump.
After a few unsuccessful attempts at correctly
landing on the platform, I didn't want to give up and my past
experiences pushed me to one final attempt.
"Moral of the story; never give
up on your dreams, keep trying because that last attempt might
just be the one you succeed at. I am proud that I have accomplished
one of my dreams."
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