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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.

Check out an additional clip from the product page of “World Class High Jump.” See high quality High Jump DVDs and other Track & Field DVDs from our huge video library!

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


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