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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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Excellent Approach Drills to Elevate Your High Jump!

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

The High Jump is often seen as one of the most technical events in the sport of track and field.  Gary Pepin, Head Track & Field Coach at the University of Nebraska has over 30 years of coaching experience and he quickly simplifies the event into approach, take-off and clearance and works to teach that same understanding to jumpers.

After teaching warm-up drills, Coach Pepin explains three different types of approaches; the Hook approach, generally used by beginners; the Flare, which most world-class athletes use; and the Common approach, which is suitable for most high school and college athletes.

Coach Pepin then explains how to measure the approach.  Basically using a 10 step approach, measure off your first step, to make sure it is consistent.  Then measure the jumper’s first five steps to their mid-mark, building speed.  After five steps your jumper will begin their curve to the bar, ending with a take-off point near the inside of the near standard.  The jumper must maintain speed and a proper take off form as the approach.


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Our Latest Track DVD features Sheldon Blockburger!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Our newest Track DVD features University of Arizona Assistant Coach, Sheldon Blockburger.  He has experiencing coaching five National Champions in the jumps and multi-events.  This Track DVD is titled:

Mega Drills High Jump

  • Over 30 drills and progressions that will have your athletes soaring to new heights
  • Create a more consistent high jump approach–which leads to more successful jumps
  • Develop proper acceleration, running form, rhythm and posture throughout each step of the approach
  • Utilize a series of plyometric drills to create power and explosion in your jumps

Take a look at these world class instructional track videos below:

Texas A&M Track & Field Series – Drills and Progressions for Championship High Jump
High School Coach’s Blueprint for Success: High Jump
World Class High Jump
25 Tips & Drills for Coaching the High Jump
High Jump (Errors & Corrections)
High Jump Drills
Track & Field News Presents: Technique and Drills for the High Jump
Teaching and Coaching the High Jump

New DVD Series: World Class Track & Field!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Thursday, September 9, 2010

We have recently added new DVDs to our World Class Track & Field Technique Series.  This series has been labeled as the world’s preeminent Track & Field DVD Series as it features Olympic athletes and coaches!  The DVDs are broken down by event to allow you to learn tips, techniques, and drills from the best in the world.  Check out the DVDs below and start improving your performances!

World Class Sprints & Relays
World Class 110M Hurdles

World Class 300/400 Hurdles

World Class High Jump

World Class Long Jump

World Class Shot Put

World Class Discus Throw

World Class Javelin Throw

World Class Pole Vault

UK Athletics Appoint Alex “Fuzz” Caan as High Jump Coach!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, October 2, 2009

Alex Fuzz Caan (Fayyaz Ahmed) has been appointed by UK Athletics as its new national event coach for high jump in the build-up to the London 2012 Olympics.  Fuzz has previously worked as a consultant coach for UK Athletics, working with 2008 Olympic silver medallist Germaine Mason and Commonwealth Games silver medallist Julie Crane, and a group of emerging athletes, including European under-23 finalist Jessica Leach.

Fuzz has worked with us in the The Best of British Track & Field Drills Series.  This instructional drills series features world-class instruction from the top British track and field coaches.  Learn the secrets of the UK’s long-standing tradition of success in track & field.  The drills presented in this series of DVDs are essential for building each skill in a progressive sequence to ensure top performance.  Fuzz’s two Track & Field DVDs include:

High Jump Drills: The Best of British Track & Field
Fundamental Movement Drills for All Athletes: The Best of British Track & Field


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