Increase Your Long Jump

September 3, 2010

Must See Track & Field Videos

When it comes to the long jump, the smallest fraction of an inch can be the difference between wearing a medal or taking home a fourth-place ribbon.

Getting maximum distance out of your jump is always the goal. And according to Dennis Nobles, Florida State Track & Field jumps coach, applying force at the proper time—and with proper technique—is the key to consistently maximizing each jump.

Coach Nobles, who’s produced more than 55 All-Americans during his 25 years at FSU, goes on to explain, “The technique challenge in long jumping is maximizing your takeoff angle without decreasing your takeoff velocity.”

To get every inch out of your jump, follow these expert tips from Coach Nobles:

Takeoff

1. Continue accelerating with your last two steps. Avoid slowing down or over-striding into the board, as it will affect your velocity and takeoff angle.

2. Keep your shoulders, hips and ankles in a straight line. Leaning back will slow you down.

3. Maintain a 23- to 25-degree angle, from horizontal. This comes from your hips and is the ideal trajectory to maximize your jump.

In the Air

4. Keep your feet up. Use the hitchkick technique; you’ll look like you’re running or riding a bike in midair. Or, use the hang technique—put your hands over your head, curl your feet behind you and arch your back.

Landing

5. Get your feet as far out in front of you as possible. Avoid having your butt or hands hit the ground behind your body. Once your feet hit the ground, try to push the sand out in front of you and scoot your butt down on top of your heels.

For more track training advice from the Florida State Seminoles, check out our exclusive interview with head track and field coach Bob Braman.

Photo:  Florida State Athletics

Matt Siracusa
Matt Siracusa
Must See
Michael Jordan: Mind of a Champion
Views: 546,499
RGIII Talks About His Legacy
Views: 25,696,508
Drew Brees Will Not Be Denied
Views: 9,462,530

Featured Videos

Abby Wambach's Med Ball Core Workout Views: 187,394
Kevin Love's Cone Hop Basketball Shooting Drill Views: 81,330
Eastbay Path to the Pros Episode 5: Fundamentals Training Views: 227,291
Load More

Resources

STACK Fitness

Everything you need to be fitter than ever

STACK Conditioning

Sport-specific conditioning programs

Coaches and Trainers

Tips and advice for coaches and trainers

Magazine

Latest issues of STACK Magazine

STACK 4W

Women's sports workout, nutrition and lifestyle advice

Gamer

Gaming, entertainment and tech news

Basic Training

Military-style training for athletes

News

Find the latest news relevant to athletes

Most Popular Videos

Charging Ground Balls With Skip Schumaker
Views: 29,852
Yoga for Athletes: Crow Pose
Views: 3,539,390
Robert Griffin III Pocket Presence QB Drill
Views: 6,865,925
Evan Longoria's Hitting Drills
Views: 9,798,784
Johny Hendricks Workout Overview
Views: 822,569

Load More
More Cool Stuff You'll Like

5 Things You Can Learn From Playing Pre-Season Basketball

The preseason is all about getting prepared, and making sure that you are ready to have a successful season as a player. It is a crucial time in the...

Success With Health: How Trevor Bauer Increased His Velocity

Softball Pitchers: How to Play Your Best Over a Complete Season

This 13-Year-Old Girl Would Strike You Out

Use These 3 Principles to Improve Your Basketball Defense

Preparation Nation: DeMatha Stags

3 Things You Are Doing Wrong In Your Basketball Training

How Ryan Mathews Returned to Highlight Reel Status

The Football Route Tree, Explained

Winter Soccer Workout to Improve Ball Handling

Wide Receivers: Learn to Catch Every Jump Ball, Every Time

How to Create a Killer Crossover Without a Basketball

Improve Your Jump Shot with Core Strength

4 Drills That'll Help You Become an Elite Running Back

Build a Better Layup With These Basketball Speed Drills

10 Tips Every AAU Player Must Know

How to Improve Your Football Skills Mid-Season

How QB Ryan Tannehill Beats the Blitz

Drive Defenders Crazy With These Super Moves from NBA Legends

Become a Better Point Guard With This Training Program

3 Offensive Line Drills That'll Help You Keep Your QB Clean

Improve Your Basketball Passes With Med Ball Exercises

Teach the Layup with the Two-Step Drill

Shooting Drills That Will Make You a Knock-Down Shooter

3 Secrets of the NBA's Best Shooters

Basketball Shooting Technique: How to Shoot a Floater

The 4 Fundamentals of Hitting a Baseball

2 Drills to Help You Play Lockdown Basketball Defense

These 3 Route-Running Drills Will Help You Get Open

10 Essential Point Guard Drills From Skylar Diggins

WATCH: 5 Post Moves From Nerlens Noel

Drills for a Better Pole Vault Swing

5 Drills to Improve Your Soccer Dribbling Skills

Boost Your Fastball With This Weighted Baseball Workout

Why Basketball Players Must Improve Their Weak Hand

Why You Shouldn't Specialize in One Sport Too Soon

QB Skills and Drills: How to Master the Bubble Screen

Basketball Dribbling Drills: Use Chaos to Develop Killer Handles

4 Tips to Become a Better Softball Pitcher

3 Steps to Better In-Game Baseball Hitting

4 Soccer Drills to Shoot Better While on the Move