March 5, 2010, Newsletter Issue #123: Improving in the Long Jump

Tip of the Week

Long jumpers need three essential elements: speed, strength and good technique. You need a fast approach to assure maximum velocity at take-off. You need strength to control your body during the flight phase. And you need good technique to execute a good approach, take-off and landing.

For maximum improvement, balance your training in all three areas. For speed, the same drills that a good sprinter would use are appropriate. For strength, consider adding circuit or weight training to your program. And for good technique, work closely with your coach.

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