New High Jump Instructional Videos + An Essential Approach Tip

Hey Jumpers,

I have a couple things to talk about in today's email. First, some news and then a quick, yet important tip about the approach I've seen a couple times this week. First, the news.

Now, the point of this newsletter is NOT to make money. Just want to make that clear. But some of you who have checked out the archive may have noticed me talking about a set of instructional videos I put together in 2008. Despite the rudimentary film and editing skills I used to make them, I got rave reviews about how much they helped the jumpers that bought and watched them.

I sell those videos to help recoup some of the time I have to take out of my normal work life to send emails and reply to emails and maintain the website. That said, I want to remind everyone that the usual, FREE emails will always be around even if no one buys a single video.

So, why do I bring this up? Well, I just finished totally remaking all of those videos...and then some. Instead of 6 videos each about 5 minutes long, there are now nearly 25 videos totaling about an hour and a half of instruction. I am pretty psyched about it.

They still aren't amazing in the film or teaching department (I've gotten better but still have a ways to go), but I feel like I have explained and illustrated the concepts 10x better.

I finished everything up yesterday and will be testing the online player over the weekend. On Monday I will shoot you an email once everything is ready and I set a price but wanted to give you a heads up today so you're not surprised by that message.

Ok, on to the tip...

It's fairly simple but often mistaken. The question I get is: what is the point of running such a long straightaway if I can get up to speed by running just a short curve?

The answer is the tip: you should not be speeding up or slowing down on your curve. The straightaway has one purpose: acceleration, to get up to speed. The curve has it's own purpose, to hold that speed and get in position for takeoff. So, let me reiterate:

The STRAIGHTAWAY is for reaching the speed you want at takeoff. The CURVE is for holding that speed until takeoff and developing the lean you need coming into your last step.

If you need more or less speed coming into your takeoff step, the time to get that speed is from the straightaway, not the curve. If you try to accelerate on the curve your will come into your takeoff step with inconsistent speed and leaning forward: both bad things. Hope that helps.

Thanks again for your support everyone and hope your seasons are going awesome! Best of luck,


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