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Approach Runs

      One of the most important, yet overlooked areas of high jumping is the consistency of a jumper's approach. In order to clear the bar effectively you need to pass over the bar at exactly your highest point. If you are jumping from a different spot each attempt, you may be trying to work on your leg kick or back arch when really, all you need to do is jump from the same spot each time. Spend a day doing jumps with a friend or camera and find the perfect spot to take-off from.

      Then, spend your next workout day running approaches over and over until you are hitting that spot every single time. Once you are consistent, then you really can tell if you are hitting it with your legs or back and can make adjustments from there.

Three Step Jumps

      A great bar take-off and awareness drill is the three step approach. Start by putting your toe on your take-off point and take three-four steps backward, directly away from the bar. Now, turn slightly to your right and run a very shot curve and make attempts on a bar 6-8" below your best.

      Work on your knee drive and arm drive for a few jumps before working on your in-air technique. This little drill will help you achieve a good lean at the bar without having to do a full approach over and over so you can focus on your planting and bar awareness without having to worry about your approach.


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