The latest fad among top football players is the box jump. In April, J.J. Watt, typically in the vanguard of athletic awesomeness, starred in a video showing him pulling off a 61-inch leap. More recently, Baylor’s Shawn Oakman was filmed doing a 40-inch box jump — while holding 70-pound dumbbells.
Holley Mangold is certainly no stranger to lifting weights; in fact, she represented the U.S. at the 2012 Olympics as a superheavyweight in that very field. Plus, she has an NFL connection, as the sister of Jets center Nick Nangold — Holley was a high school offensive lineman in her own right — so it’s not surprising that the box-jumping trend caught her attention.
Mangold got a lot of other folks’ attention with a humorous video she posted to Instagram on Saturday. In it, she poked fun at the recent obsession with the exercise in plyometrics, not to mention her own size.
Mangold placed 10th at the 2012 Games, but she was competing with a torn tendon in her wrist. She subsequently had reconstructive surgery on her wrist, and is competing again with an eye toward a spot on the 2016 U.S. team.
In 2013, the 5-foot-8 Mangold competed on “The Biggest Loser,” dropping 96 pounds, from 351 to 255. This isn’t the first time Mangold has poked fun at her inability to get very far off the ground; in January, she posted this to Facebook: