There is no fountain of youth nor do we seek it. What we are really trying to do is to stop the slide. I will be 59 in less than two weeks so I think about this stuff. I look a lot more forward to turning 60 and being the youngest person in my age group, then I do 59 and being the oldest. So how do I get through this when my body and mind say NO?!
Clearly if I jump 12' (3.66m) every year until I die then I improved every year. Of course that won't happen as age assures that your capacities will be diminished. Defying age in this manner "feels" like a fountain of youth to us othe the downswing on our abilities. And THAT is why I continue the grind in a battle I know I will eventually lose. The longer I can stay the same the longer I can improve. With that said I have cleared 13' (3.97m) or higher since I've been 55, but I'm trying to keep it real.
So the longer I can hold my baseline jump to 12' from 6 steps, the more likely I can remain at that height even if it requires 12 steps. To do this I must have certain lifting, running and bars benchmarks. It's not rocket science but it works.
Have a great day and thanks for caring enough to follow this foolhardy journey of an old man. I see a lot of myself in this superhero from days gone by - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPU8OAjjS4k in "Kryptonite by 3 Doors Down. Enjoy and step up to the starting line and march with me!! Bubba