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Secret to the Perfect High Jump Meet & Video Update
I want you to try something for me, next time you go to practice,
find something that you can barely touch when you jump your highest
and try to hit it on the way TO practice. After 20 minutes of
practice, sneak away for a second and try to touch it again.
I think you'll be shocked at how much higher you'll jump once your
legs are warm. For some reason, I missed that memo in all my years
of sports. One day I was heading down the hall of my high school
to play some ball with friends. I jumped and tried to touch the
10' ceiling to show off a bit and barely nicked it with my finger.
After 30 minutes of ball, I went back down the hall, tried to touch
it again, and put my palm flat on the ceiling.
The key to the perfect high jump meet is a perfect warmup. Warm
legs just jump higher. So what makes a good warmup?
I like a variety of motions. Not just jogging, not just sprinting,
not just forwards, not just straight. Basketball is almost a
perfect warmup because it gets so many muscles going in so many
For your warmup, take a couple laps around the track and mix in
short, fast accelerations, side to side motions, skipping, high
knees, etc. You want to get a sweat just starting to form on your
brow and then take it easy from there. Basketball drills are a
great way to warm up.
Even between your jumps, keep moving, skipping a bit, light high
knees, etc. so your legs stay warm. I think you'll be pleasantly
surprised by the difference :)