When I used to do the high jump, I was known for wearing two different shoes. I would wear a normal all-round running spike on my non-jumping foot and I would wear a high jump spike on my jumping foot. Prior to wearing two different shoes, I only wore the normal running spikes to jump […]
High jump blog
Getting the curve right in high jump.
When I used to do the high jump, one of the things that plagued my progression was the curve. It’s something that my coaches tried to work with me on for years. I had been able to win the state level championships in Queensland, Australia and break the state record at 14 years old with […]
How to do high jump training at home.
One of the challenges people have when it comes to doing high jump training is that they feel like they don’t have access to the necessary facilities to help them train. The good thing about the high jump event is that it relies more on the body’s physical conditioning rather than the technical aspects of […]
What height should you be aiming to clear at different ages in high jump?
These are suggested heights that you should aim to clear to be among the elite high jumpers in your age group. If you clear heights that are much higher, then you will be seen as a better athlete. Suggested male high jump clearances. Age Height (Metric) Height (Feet) 10 1.20m 3.94 11 1.30m 4.27 12 […]
What performances should I aim for in other events to perform well in the high jump?
It’s good for you to have an idea about the benchmark performances you should accomplish in other events in order to help perform well in the high jump. These should be taken with a grain of salt, as your high jump specific training will determine how well you will perform. Men Event Performance target 100m […]
Do you jump over the bar correctly in high jump?
One of the common problems people experience when doing the high jump is that they don’t maximise their centre of gravity over the bar. The second major error that they tend to make is that they travel along the bar and end up landing on the bar, when they could have easily cleared the height. […]
How should you do high jump if it is rainy or wet conditions?
Every high jumper dreads having to jump if it has been raining or if the ground is wet. Even slight dampness in the ground can make a huge difference to your run-up, take-off approach, jumping ability off the ground and safety. Ideally, you won’t have to jump in these conditions, however there will be times […]
Is endurance training good for high jumpers?
Endurance and stamina training are good for conditioning the body to do more intensive exercises, but it shouldn’t be at the heart of a high jumper’s training regime. There is nothing wrong with a high jumper having the speed endurance to run a 400m sprint in under 60 seconds, however if you train a high […]
How important is the knee drive in high jump?
You can break down the phases of the high jump into factors that will contribute towards 80% of your performance and other factors that will contribute towards 20% of your performance. In my own opinion, the knee drive can make a substantial difference to your performance, but I think it falls into the 20%. The […]
Improve your vertical jumping ability in high jump with hurdle jumps.
When I was training for the high jump, this was my favourite plyometric exercise because it greatly improved the elasticity in my legs. What this means is it made me feel more ‘springy’, thus it was much easier to jump higher. It is a plyometric exercise that I would encourage all high jumpers to include […]