Next time the bar is raised a half inch and that little voice in your head whispers, “I’ve never cleared this height before,” think about Kyle Hierholzer’s advice: “Proper technique and confidence will help you clear that next height.”
The Kansas State Wildcats’ assistant jumps coach says that talent can only get you to a certain level. After that, when the bar is at a new high, “your technique must be nearly flawless to maximize the height of your jump.”
Here are a few of Hierholzer’s tips about getting up and over.
1. Jump within yourself. “Don’t tense up when the bar is raised. Stay relaxed and run the same approach you’ve been taught since day one.”
2. Make sure your approach has 10 steps. “Five steps should be on the straight and five on the curve. Feel like you’re grabbing the ground through your approach.”
3. Aggressively fire your take-off step into the ground. “Your take-off step should feel like it’s coming from your hips, glutes and hamstrings.”
4. Run as tight a curve as possible, without slowing down. “You should feel pressure on the outside of your feet as you run through the curve.”
5. Make sure your shoulders and hips are in the same plane at takeoff and as you run the curve. “This allows you to apply more force into the ground while aiding your rotation.”