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Increase Explosiveness with the “Alternating Step Drill!”

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Michael Pullins, assistant track coach at the University of Southern California, uses the “Alternating Step Drill” to train for both the long jump and triple jump. Athletes will improve their ability to create momentum from a standing position as they explode up and forward from one foot at a time.

Alternating Step Drill

Drill Summary: Coach Pullins recommends doing this drill on a softer surface, such as grass, to avoid wear and tear. Begin in a standing position, then push off and jump as far as you can off of every alternating step. Focus on keeping toes up on every leap and also using arms to generate momentum. Do this for about 20-30 yards, then take a quick break and do it again.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “25 Tips & Drills for Coaching Horizontal Jumps.” View other world class Track & Field videos!

Key Plyometric Drills for Long Jumpers!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Saturday, August 1, 2015

Heidi Yost, assistant coach at Wichita State University, runs you through a few of her favorite plyometric drills to use with her long jumpers. Plyometrics are some of the most effective exercises for athletes who are looking to gain a boost to their jumping distance.


Drill Summary: There are six plyometric exercises presented in the video.

1. Single Leg Pogo Jump – The athlete bounces on one foot rapidly, with minimal arm action. Focus on lifting the toe up.

2. Single Leg Butt Kick – The athlete brings their heel up under the bottom of their glute. Keep the knee pointed out and the back straight.

3. Single Leg Tuck Jump – The athlete brings their foot up underneath their hamstring, otherwise known as the “A” position.

4. Moving Single Leg Cycle – For this exercise, the athlete does a single leg pogo jump, single leg butt kick, and single leg tuck jump while running forward. Shoot for four complete cycles.

5. Tuck Jumps – The athlete brings both feet up under their hamstrings at the same time while using big arm action.

6. Power Bounds – The athlete runs forward and pushes off the ground horizontally, making sure their front knee is out in front and their front foot is under their ankle.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Know whether to swing arms or keep them stationary.
2) Always drill both legs (single leg drills).
3) Keep great posture.
4) Bounce off the ground as quick as possible.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Becoming a Champion: Long Jump for Girls’ Track & Field.” View other world class Track & Field videos!

Train Jumpers to be Patient in the Air!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, May 1, 2015

In order to get maximum distance in the long jump, athletes need to train themselves to be patient while flying through the air. In this drill from University of Idaho director of track & field Tim Cawley, jumpers will learn to jump using a short step and hold their drive knee in the air.

Long Jump Drill w/ Incline Board

Drill Summary: For this drill, you’ll need an incline board and you’ll need to place a high jump pit in the landing zone. Athletes line up in a single file line that will allow them to take a 10 yard run-up. Individuals take turns running and taking off of the incline board, making sure to hold their drive knee steady through the air until they land on the high jump pit.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Good hold.
2) Good drive knee.
3) Run through the incline board.
4) Single arm takeoff.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Curriculum Guide for the Long Jump and Triple Jump.” View other world class Track & Field videos!

Improve Stabilization for the Long Jump and Triple Jump!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, February 1, 2015

Long jump and triple jump coach Tim Cawley of Colorado State University uses this drill progression as the very first drill of the year for his horizontal jumpers, and continues using it throughout the year to promote the correct skills. Athletes will learn how to enhance their bodies’ capabilities to ensure maximum success in competition.

Stabilization Progression

Drill Summary: You will need two boxes to jump on for this drill progression. Athletes focus on stabilizing landings and depth jumps throughout the progression of the drill. Make sure to land flat footed, have the knees at a slight bend and get the arms back and ready to go. Coach Cawley stresses a triple extension through the hip, knee and ankle for proper technique.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Curriculum Guide for the Long Jump and Triple Jump.” View other world class Track & Field videos!

Improve Your Landing to Increase Your Distance

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Kansas State Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, Cliff Rovelto, shares a drill that teaches athletes how to have an active landing rather than a passive landing. Coach Rovelto explains how proper landing technique can prevent injuries and extend your jump six to eight inches.

Teaching the Landing

Setup: The athlete places a chair in the long jump pit and sits in it. The athlete sits in the position where the upper body is vertical, the legs are extended as much as possible. The toes are dorsiflexed and the arms are alongside the hips. The athlete then drives the arms and hips forward. Once the heels make contact with the sand, the athlete lift the legs, rather than letting the feet dig into the sand. The coach is behind holding the chair, and pulling it out as the athlete drives forward.

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD Mega Drills for the Horizontal Jumps.  To view more track & field videos from America’s top coaches and athletes, click here.


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