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Q: Side Shuttle Hops ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Side Shuttle Hops
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: jumpinjflash-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 13 Dec 2005 09:09 PST
Expires: 12 Jan 2006 09:09 PST
Question ID: 605291
Army basic trining called "Jumping Jacks"- "side shuttle hops" - how
come? Can't find any real information on the web about "side shuttle
Subject: Re: Side Shuttle Hops
Answered By: redhoss-ga on 13 Dec 2005 11:35 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
I think I can help you with this question. I remembered back many
years ago what coaches called them in workouts. You have misunderstood
what the trainer in the Army said, or he had it wrong himself. The
correct term is "side straddle hop" and that is why you could find no
references in your searches. I am certain that you can search now, but
here are a few I found too:

Conditioning drills are recommended to develop the four components, as
well as motor skills. Five repetitions are recommended, progressing to
10 as one increases strength and endurance. The drills are conducted
in a rhythmic cadence, and in order. Form is not to be sacrificed for
a faster speed.
The first drill consists of:

Sit and reach 
High jumps 
Knee bends 
Side straddle hops 
Supine bicycle 
The second conditioning drill is designed to increase endurance, joint
mobility, and upper body strength via:


Calisthenic exercise is returning from the 1950s and ?60s as a
training mode. The Army Physical Fitness School is currently
incorporating various exercises into the physical-training program to
simulate the Soldier?s tasks, reduce training injuries and prepare
them for the physical demands of the battlefield.

Side straddle hops (four-count jumping jack) 
Starting position: Relaxed position of attention.

1. Jump to side and swing arms overhead.

Army Special Forces Workout 

2. Return to starting position.
3. Repeat #1.
4. Return to starting position.

I have done many side straddle hops in my time and can't see that they
have hurt me any. Hope this clears things up for you.

jumpinjflash-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $1.00
Thanks for the quick answer.

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