The owner son:
How The Super Cat Helped Develop A 3-Step 52 inch Vertical
By Barney Fuller, Powernetics Founder
During four years of training on the Super Cat my son Gary developed a three-step 52 inch vertical jump. We have talked with coaches all across America concerning their athletes’ inability to get off the floor. The question they most frequently asked was, “How was he able to go so far beyond the average jumping ability of athletes?”
We find a general lack of development in vertical jump is stemming from low intensity training programs. I believe that there are two essential factors in vertical jump development: first, a high level of “power intensity exercise”, and second, the continuity of training over an extended period of time.
Gary’s training program lasted four years, and although he achieved a great vertical jump, we still believe there is more potential. The fact that Gary so drastically improved his jumping drew the attention of Dr. Sam Shalala of Houston, Texas. Dr. Shalala is an exercise physiologist who trains professional athletes to improve speed and vertical jump.
The understanding which has emerged at Powernetics relative to the Super Cat’s conditioning program is twofold.
First: Explosive exercises, when interacting with the appropriate power load, create the desired intensity, which in turn causes the muscle fibers to undergo transformation and adaptation in harmony with the nature of the force being applied. That is the reason we stress no coasting through the exercise, and a continual increase in the weight , over time, while maintaining the same explosive quality in the exercise.
Muscles remind me of an old mule. They will only respect what you demand of them. The more intense the demand the greater the response. When Gary would up the volume of repetitions and the weight load we saw an increase in his power level over time, and his vertical jump continued to climb.
Second: Great vertical jump development does not come overnight. When we are endeavoring to develop the full power potential of the athlete expect to work over fours years.
I am frequently asked where did Gary got his “genes” My response is, “as far as we can determine Gary is an average run of the mill athlete.” His sophomore year jumping ability was 18 inches. Up to that time he had refused to begin a consistent program on the Super Cat. We had a very serious conversation concerning his inability to jump, and what it would cost him down the road.
As a coach and a father of an athlete such as Gary, I wanted to see every kid develop and go on to be successful. We never know the size of an oak tree that resides inside the acorn. This also is true of our athletes, until they have experienced the quality of training necessary to tap and reveal the potential inside them.
Gary went beyond what I thought was possible for him. I believe his story can be told again and again in the lives of our athletes across the America if they receive the same training opportunity that he had.
I believe what we have tapped into with the Super Cat will produce the greatest jumpers in the world.