I have a theory it states that temples where constructed using a series’ of ramps and platforms between each temple column . Eventually creating a total square platform for the next layer of temple drums to be rolled into position . As the temple got higher the builder would jump from the platform to the ground , rather than laboriously trekking round the perimeter to the staring ramp . The ability to jump from ever increasing heights would be an advantage . Jumps in the early Olympic games were done with the contestant carrying a five pound weight in each hand ( halters ) . There are recorded 50 foot jumps in the early Olympics dismissed by historians as exaggeration , compared to just over 29 feet in our modern Olympics. Legend has it that one Olympian cleared the entire pit by approximately 5 feet, breaking both legs as he landed. In my opinion the original Olympic jump was from a height . The athletes jumped from a platform of ever increasing heights , and used the jumping stones as kinetic breaks. They held them above there head and a the last second swung them to the ground . Theory of relativity states for ever action there is an equal and opposite reaction ( did this action slowed the body down). is this how they achieved height and distance jumps of 30 to 50 feet ,a combination of the two . Could halters or jumping stones literally mean to halt air??? to slow the air passing the falling jumper?? so the question ? could a person weighing say 10 stone jumping from a height of 30 feet with two 5 lb weights in each hand and swinging them to the ground as described above have any beneficial effect to the landing ???? could any one give me the equation .