High Jump Technique and Training – high jump components, drills, training plans….

High Jump Technique High Jump Technique. The Approach To keep the approach simple we will discuss it as having 5 steps on the straight and 5 on the curve including the penultimate and takeoff steps. Most athletes will take their first step with the same leg they takeoff with. The…

High Jump Drills: Black White Human Breast Man Water

High Jump Drills – Part 1: the building blocks of success….

High Jump Approach Development – Cliff Rovelto says “the approach is the most important aspect”….

High Jump Approach Development. Cliff Rovelto explains the parts of the high jump approach and how they help its improvement. Furthermore, each part illustrates how the approach benefits.  

High Jump Penultimate Step – misunderstood and argued about….

What is controversial and misunderstood by high jumpers and coaches?  The high jump penultimate step of course! Coaches see the second-to-last step differently and have different opinions about its purpose.

High Jumpers Big Arms – high school high jumpers use their arms too much….

High Jumpers Big Arms The takeoff is where the fun begins for a high jumper. Granted, if the jumper’s approach wasn’t right, the fun won’t last long. But good takeoff technique remains important. High jump coach and 6-time All-American jumper Holly Thompson offered her advice on takeoff mechanics at the…

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High Jump Visual Imagery – It’s in your mind first….

High Jump Visual Imagery Is In Your Mind First! Before moving into the waggle, you must use high jump visual imagery and see the jump. To envision means to picture mentally, especially some future event or events. geralt / Pixabay High jumpers see the jump in their mind first. They imagine all aspects of the jump.   They see the…

High Jump Approach Importance, most of the jump happens here….

Most Of The High Jump Is The Approach Run The high jump approach is approximately 90% of the high jump. Almost all of what a high jumper needs to do to clear the bar happens in the approach. Once a jumper is air-born, they become a projectile and there is little to do to change […]

High Jump Curve

High Jump Curve: dangerous, exciting, and under-rated….

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High Jump Takeoff – time to fly….

High Jump Takeoff – The Jumper Must Jump! When does a high jumper realize if the jump will be successful? High jump takeoff is when a high jumper knows the truth. Furthermore, takeoff is time for blast off and the culmination of everything the jumper did in the approach will soon…

High Jump Run-Up – great “wheels” keep on churning….

High Jump Run-Up: High Jump Basics. With track and field high jump, a type of running form is necessary to deliver results in the high jump run-up. The running form is a high jump technique and should be part of high jump practice.

High Jump Waggle

High Jump Waggle – where a high jumper relaxes….

High Jump Waggle Momentum Starts Before The Approach. Every jumper goes through a funny high jump waggle or pre-movement to start the approach. This happens after the jumper sees the jump. It also happens before the jumper begins the straightaway part of the J approach.

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High Jump Rhythm – the language of flight….

High Jump Rhythm – Just Like Dancing. The music starts with the audience in the form of hand claps. The dancer is the athlete who morphs his or her shoes, legs, hips, and body into the desired gyrations on the approach runway.  The gyrations are high jump rhythm approach running.…


J Approach: “J” doesn’t always mean jump….

The J Approach Uses A “J” Shape. The high jump approach accumulates energy in order to move momentum upward. Additionally, the shape of the approach is important because physics says the shape contributes to lift. The shape of the approach is called the J approach because it looks like a…

Fosbury Flop

Fosbury Flop: how to manuever in the air….

How To Run

High Jump Running Form: taller is better….

High Jump Running Form – Shoulders Up, Chin Up, Alert, Like A Gazelle. Taller is the best high jump approach running form. In addition, tall running posture is necessary to move energy vertically. 

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Proper High Jump Running Form – tall and smooth is the way to go….

Keep The Approach Smooth And Consistent.   Proper high jump running form has rhythm, increases slightly, and is in perfect control. When high jumpers achieve this, happiness follows.

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High Jump Video – watch how to high jump….

High Jump Video Page And Instruction. Here is an easy to understand high jump video that gives a lot of attention to the high jump approach. Enjoy and please note the takeoff angles!