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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.

Lower Body Lifts to Create Strength for Your Horizontal Jumpers!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, December 20, 2013

Many are familiar with lower body lifts such as the deep squat, lunge walk, and squat jump but it is easy to forget the reasons for doing each drill. Former Olympic jump coach, Irving Schexnayder, explains in-depth what he calls the lower body “full range of motion” exercises.

Lower Body Lifts

This sequence would benefit the track coach seeking to maximize their weight room time as well as any coach looking to develop power in their athletes.

Gain more insight and an additional video clip from, Speed and Power Drills for the Horizontal Jumps. Discover other great Long Jump and Triple Jump videos apart of our large Track & Field collection!

Elastic Strengthening Exercises to Increase Your Horizontal Jumps!

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

Former LSU Assistant Track & Field Coach, Irving “Boo” Schexnayder presents multiple activities that make up the Pluto Jump Series. This is a conservative vertical bounding series that will help your athletes increase their elastic strength for greater distance in the horizontal jumps.

These drills are great to work on before going on to more advanced jumping exercises.

Gain more insight and an additional video clip from, Speed and Power Drills for the Horizontal Jumps. Discover other great Long Jump and Triple Jump videos apart of our large Track & Field collection!

Key Steps to Increasing the Distance of Your Long Jump!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, June 21, 2013

Dwight Phillips, 2004 Olympic Long Jump Gold Medalist and three time World Outdoor Champion, reviews the basics and techniques of the long jump.  One of the most daunting challenges for a long jumper is to get into proper take-off position, transitioning from the run to the take-off.  Jumpers either tend to “settle” down on the board, driving down; or they tend to come in too high and “crow hop” off the board.  The penultimate step (the last step before take-off) is key here. Phillips has some unique ideas in terms of how to deal with this.  The most important aspect of the penultimate step is set your body up for a successful jump.

Phillips suggests keeping the shoulders tall, the hips tall and the body centered over your center of gravity.  The lowering of the hips is not a conscious move, but the result of a longer step into the penultimate step.  Phillips runs flat-footed the entire approach, so that there is no sudden shift of body position or “sinking” of the hips on the ultimate step.  Regarding “looking at the board”, Phillips mentions that while many coaches drill athletes not to do this, it is in fact a natural result of the body steering itself down the runway and adjusting.  Rather than teaching athletes to do what is unnatural (“Don’t look at the board!”) Phillips suggests that athletes should use their peripheral vision to be aware of where the board is.

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

Keys to Increasing Your Long Jump featuring an Olympic Gold Medalist!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Monday, August 27, 2012

One of the most accomplished of American athletes over the last decade has been Dwight Phillips, the 2004 Olympic Long Jump Gold Medalist.  In World Class Long Jumping, Phillips gives us an inside look at the training and common sense philosophy that has made him a three time world champion.

Dwight Phillips divides the long jump into six phases or areas of emphasis.  He feels that the key to a successful long jump is the approach.   But as any coach knows, finding that proper combination of speed, acceleration and distance can be maddening.  Phillips answer is to step off the runway, and use the track to find the proper approach distance.  Your athlete must develop this consistent approach and a consistent, gradual acceleration to take off.


Your take off determines you path through the air and into the sand.  Phillips describes the proper take off mechanics.  Landing flat footed and powering off the board, with a mental picture of “out” instead of “up” are points of emphasis the Phillips makes.


One of the most interesting points of Dwight Phillips “World Class Long Jumping” is a true look at how an Olympic Champion sets up his training schedule for the year, and the logic behind those workouts.  Phillips establishes a basis of strong fitness and strength and moves towards his outdoor season in well thought out progression.


See an additional clip on the product page of  “World Class Long Jump.”  Check out more high quality Long Jump DVDs from our huge selection of Track & Field DVDs.


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