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Long Jump Development with A Case Study Part I

I used to tell people that long jump wasn’t the most coachable of events. It was about being fast and reactive, and becoming faster and more reactive, to jump further.  Those things are certainly true, but as it is across the events, there is a dance between details and development.  What follows is a case study of a high school long jumper between his sophomore year, when he was a 21 foot jumper from 16 steps, and the end of his senior year where he jumped 23'5" from a 16 step approach.  First … [Read More...]

Plyometrics-Multijumps: Pretension, Teaching, and Training

The question below is from a coach I met at the 2012 BSMPG  Summer Seminar where Boo Schexnayder spoke. In my response I’ll talk about what people popularly refer to as plyometrics or plyos, but I’m going to follow Boo’s lead and use the term multiple jumps or multijumps. Plyometric actions could be upper or lower body in nature and for lower body also include tasks like sprinting. Below I’m focusing on multiple jump exercises so it makes much more sense, and is a lot more accurate, to just call … [Read More...]

Overspeed Training

Does overspeed training work?  Is it dangerous? What's better assisted towing (bungee or cable that pulls you to faster speed), downhill sprinting, or are there other options? Towing and Where the Wind Takes You If you look around you'll find programs that have used overspeed training in the program and have been successful.  You'll also find many folks who didn't use downhill or towing that were successful at the highest level.  Over speed training can work.  In fact most good speed … [Read More...]