the move




THE CHALLENGE IS WHETHER YOU CAN MAKE – “THE MOVE”? Particularly, “the move” that matters most happens after step 8 (in a 10 step approach) leaves the ground and before step 9 lands.

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“The move” happens in the air.

Additionally, step 9 to 10 is critical as well but it’s easier to perform because a jumper is moving body parts closest to the landing area.

Similarly, “The move” is what separates jumping for height versus jumping into the crossbar.

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It’s what keeps jumpers from long jumping over the bar.

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“The move” is what helps a jumper “flip” backwards over the crossbar with his or her knees higher than their shoulders.

It allows the lower body to rise above the upper body.

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Appropriate and fast speed is required for “the move” to work. Therefore, the previous approach steps are critical to “the move’s” execution.

The early steps in the curve gradually progress with foot-landing angles that enable “the move” to change a jumpers parabola quickly. Furthermore, without steps 6, 7, and 8’s setup – “the move” couldn’t possibly happen without injury. A jumper would have to change direction in an “L” shaped approach which is nearly impossible.

Steps 6, 7, and 8 ease a jumper into “the move” making its execution more likely and safer.


The foot landing to step 8 should be in the neighborhood of 75-degrees to the crossbar. The foot landing to step 9 should be around 55-degrees to the crossbar. It’s about a 20-degree change in foot landing direction.

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So, after step 8 leaves the ground, something has to happen for the next landing to be 20-degrees steeper.

Specifically, the body must turn before step 9 lands!

Likewise, the foot turns 20-degrees.

The hips turn 20-degrees.

Moreover, the torso and shoulders can turn early but have to arrive at step 9 in sync with the foot and hips.

The body itself still moves 75-degrees to the crossbar as dictated by step 8. There shouldn’t be any force or twisting with the foot on the ground in step 8 to facilitate the change in direction.

The turn happens in the air and the body changes direction to 55-degrees to the crossbar as dictated by the foot angle after its landing in step 9.

Consequently, “the move” demands a steep body LEAN away from the crossbar in order to handle the change in direction and the force of the speed pulling the jumper towards the landing pit.

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“The move” facilitates strong lean before takeoff!

Jumpers naturally lean from instinct to handle the force.


Turning your body while running very fast is not easy. The steps land quickly and turning your body at this speed is difficult. Jumpers could not turn enough or they can turn too much – ruining the approach and the parabola path over the bar.

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Step 8 to 9 is difficult because it’s a cross-body step with severe landing angle change. In other words, a jumper has to move the furthest away parts of the body to a new landing area on the other side of the body.

Step 8 to 9 is also difficult because force created in previous steps doesn’t want to let the body turn. The force from previous steps is moving towards the crossbar in the form of speed and a jumper must handle the angle change before step 9’s landing in conflict with the force.

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When executed correctly, step 9’s landing will move a jumper horizontal to the crossbar while force is pulling the jumper towards the pit. This conflict can only be accomplished with severe lean from the jumper. It’s this conflict the allows the lower body to flip up over the upper body during flight.

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At high approach speeds, jumper might try to change curve direction on the ground. Turning hips one way while the foot is facing another way means twist. The twist happens in the ankle or knees and injury will happen.

Lack of correct high jump shoes also means the force of step 9’s landing will cause a slip and fall and potential injury.

Most likely to happen is poor execution.

  • An upright jumper through these steps is either running too slow or not changing foot, hips, or shoulder angles enough before step 9’s landing. Consequently, a jumper will long jump over the crossbar and never get their knees above their shoulders over the bar. Furthermore, this jumper will often knock off the bar with their calves as they don’t have time to contort their body to make the jump.


“The move” is the most important and satisfying aspect of the high jump approach.

It moves a jumper horizontally to the crossbar with tremendous lean. The lean facilitates higher jumps because the parabola moves higher over the bar. Furthermore, backward flip is caused by the lean causing the lower body to rotate over the upper body.

Higher jumps and satisfaction imminently happen when “the move” is executed properly.


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