When it comes to high jump technique, dialing in your approach is a must.
If you don’t start well, your jump probably won’t end well. From beginners to advanced high jumpers, the way you start your approach will determine how well you go over the bar.
If we go back to the late 1960’s when Dick Fosbury discovered the Fosbury Flop, we find the reason for his unique jumping style. From a physics standpoint, it allows you to approach the bar with more speed and clear the bar while keeping your center of gravity at or below the bar – which is much more efficient. This was a genuine revolution in high jump technique.
What he instinctively knew was that the approach does all the work and if done right, physics will take care of your rotation over the bar.
Everything that happens in the approach is setting up the body to be in the correct position at the point of takeoff. It’s the main factor that will determine how successful your bar clearance will be. Once you get the approach right, the probability of making higher heights skyrockets!
We’re going to break down the approach step by step.
The purpose of this article is to help you develop consistency in your approach from start to takeoff. Remember, when it comes to a successful jump, the approach does all the heavy lifting!