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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.

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


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