David Colturi is in paradise. It is standing on the edge of the Portuguese Azores. The crystal blue water waves 85 meters below. He is not thinking about the spectators who watch him or the cameras that follow all his movements. He is not thinking that, if he does not take enough space, he will hit the side of a cliff strong and fast enough to kill him instantly. He is not thinking about what he can not control.
The 23-year-old international diver is thinking about the basics: getting a good push from the edge, keeping control of his breathing and slowing his heart rate. He has made this jump only twice, and due to the immersion he had originally wanted to do was considered too dangerous here, and he had to learn a new movement at the last minute. Your feet press. It is in the air. And then it is submerged in the water. The entire trip lasts three seconds.
"You do not know if you've done things right until you get to the water," Colturi says. "Even if you do the dive correctly, the water can cut one of your legs to the side or hit you strongly on the chin and give you a good blow.
Colturi, the youngest person to compete in this year's Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, has been training during these events for 18 years, and on August 25, he will try a dive from the Art Institute. Contemporary from Boston to the port of Boston, 27 meters (about 88 feet) high.
When he was 5 years old, he knew he had a natural talent for jumping and diving, and at 11 he traveled two hours a day to compete with a team from Michigan, he became a student at Purdue University, where he participated in a national diving championship, but it was not until Colturi went through an amusement park in Monticello, Indiana, that he took his For the first time, he had A chance to jump from very high, and was fascinated.
Jumping off a cliff feels very different than doing it from a 10-meter board, says Colturi, but much of the training is the same. The main difference is that in this extremely audacious sport, mental preparation is as important as physics.
"We are all a little crazy," Colturi says. "This is where we find relief.
When he is not traveling the world, Colturi trains at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, where he also works in a Later, he plans to study medicine, but for now, he wants to jump while he can.
While it is difficult to find places where long dives can be practiced, he divides his training into parts, exercising five or six days at a time. week.It focuses on the training of the legs and torso, as well as the rapid and exclusive contraction of the leg muscles. He also combines it with the practice of the pine and works the balance, particularly, he starts his jump upside down, with his head in his hands, and his legs up.
For training on the ground, practice somersaults on the ground to focus on takeoff, and jump on the trampoline, where you divide the dive into smaller segments.
But the only way a diver can regularly practice big jumps is by practicing the movements and cartwheels in his head. Once he's in the air, muscle memory takes over and there's not much of it (just a few small adjustments at the end) that he can do.
"There are a lot of 10-meter diving trampolines in the world who could do this sport," he says, "but 90% probably think: 'By no means jump from so high!'.
According to Colturi's fellow climber, Steven LoBue, a typical workout begins with 10 to 15 minutes of cardio to warm up, followed by 15 minutes of stretching, focusing especially on the hamstrings and shoulder flexibility. From there, begin to train the torso: three repetitions of "table" (center, left and right) with a plate of 25 pounds on the hips, for one minute each, then do V-ups (body abdominals) complete), Russian turns, inclined abdominals and multiple variations of Swiss-Ball abdominals (LoBue states that his goal is to complete 1. 500 repetitions among all these combined exercises).
Training moves to plyometrics, with jumps with weights, jumps with c aida and lunges with weights in all directions. The inner thigh muscles are crucial, says LoBue, because entering the water at 50 mph can seriously damage weak legs.
The session concludes with ankle stabilization exercises and another stretching session. In total, the training takes about an hour, with a high level of intensity maintained all the time.