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Raise the Bar in Your High Jumpers with This Pit Drill!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, October 18, 2013

See how you can learn an excellent pit drill from Lanphier (IL) High School Track Coach, Mike Garcia. This exercise will allow you to work on your timing and your upward movement at the start of the jump.

Your athletes may hit the bar more than usual because they are not generating any speed from their run up. It is not necessary for beginners to perform this drill with a bar.

Gain more insight and an additional video clip from, High School Coach’s Blueprint for Success: High Jump. Discover other great High Jump videos apart of our large Track & Field collection!




World Class Curve Running Tips and Demonstrations!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, May 24, 2013

Monte Stratton, winner of 24 conference titles at TCU and Texas-Arlington, has Olympian Doc Patton demonstrate curve running. Take a look at how Coach Stratton prepares his sprinters to run their best on the curve.

The main concepts to focus on are the arm action and watching to make sure that you don’t touch the line.

Check out this world class DVD, World Class Sprints & Relays, to view another excellent instructional clip.  See what other Sprints DVDs we have in our expansive Track & Field DVD collection.




Generate More Power to Increase the Height of Your Jumps!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, May 24, 2013

For a high jumper, the most fundamental skill to master is the approach. The more speed your athlete is able to maintain on the turn and the more power at takeoff, the higher the potential for your jump! Jim VanHootegem, Texas A&M jump coach, describes what he terms “our core drill”, which are circle runs, to develop this ability to generate speed and power.

Coach VanHootegem marks out a circle, in this case a 9 foo radius.  The smaller your circle, the more force and control your athlete will need to develop.  A larger circle would be more appropriate for earlier in the season or a less developed athlete.  You will need to use your “coaching eye” to determine the proper radius of circle your athlete.  The emphasis will be on remaining tall as you run, hips and shoulders should be perpendicular to the ground.  The lean the athlete has should be naturally developed by the speed of the run and the radius of the turn.  The athlete should feel the force of the run on the outside of the foot.

Check out this world class DVD, Texas A&M Track & Field Series – Drills and Progressions for Championship High Jump, to view another excellent instructional clip.  See what other High Jump DVDs we have in our expansive Track & Field DVD collection.




Exceptional Take Off Drills to Increase Your High Jump!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, April 19, 2013

Texas A&M Assistant Track Coach, Jim VanHootegem, has been a member of five NCAA Championship coaching staffs.  Here he walks you through unique takeoff drills that are great for beginner to more experienced jumpers. The takeoff progressions helps develop coordination, elastic strength, posture, and ground force production as well as plyometric development for the moment of takeoff.

 

You will see demonstration of rocking chair drills in the clip above.

Check out this world class DVD, Texas A&M Track & Field Series – Drills and Progressions for Championship High Jump, to view another excellent instructional clip.  See what other High Jump DVDs we have in our expansive Track & Field DVD collection.




World Class Preparation to Increase Your High Jump!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Monday, December 24, 2012

Every good workout has to begin with a good warm-up. The warm-up should not only loosen up the athletes and prepare them for the workout physically, but also should help prepare the athlete mentally for the challenges of the workout. Static stretching has a method of warming up and now has given way to more dynamic and motion oriented exercises. Gary Pepin of the University of Nebraska introduces warm-up drills used by the high jump program, and are demonstrated Dusty Jonas. These drills are part of a general warm-up routine that would be very appropriate for track athletes in any event groups.

 

After an introduction by Coach Pepin describing the purpose of the warmup, we’ll see four exercises. After jump roping, the athletes will move to Ankle Flips. This helps to loosen the lower legs and achilles tendons. Low Walks are an advanced version of lunges that also work the hips and build strength in the hip girdle area. Be sure to follow Coach Pepin’s instructions regarding keeping the shoulders back and over the hips, not allowing them to move forward. Cariocas are next, adding to the mobility and loosening up of the hips. Notice the knee lift added. You can use this with your advanced athletes to add an element of difficulty and strengthening to the exercise. Finally, Skips for Distance are introduced. This exercise would be more specific to jumpers, but would be excellent for long and triple jumpers as well as high jumpers.

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