Jumping Smarter, Jumping Higher

Learn Elite High Jump Technique

Smart Progression

A proven step-by-step approach to progressing through the entire jump – so you can absorb and master each aspect at your own pace.

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Everything you need to achieve higher performance. From essential technique and cutting edge drills to the training and competition tactics that have set records.

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jumping smarter, jumping higher

A revolutionary approach to learning elite high jump technique

Enter into the realm of elite high jumping. Whether you’re a beginning high jumper, a coach looking for deeper understanding of the event, or an already accomplished jumper, this course is designed for you. Gain unprecedented access to CSU Coach Ryan Baily’s training program and experience the most advanced, straightforward approach to learning and coaching world-class high jumping. 

So little separates elite jumpers, sometimes just a centimeter. So how do you stay a centimeter above your competition? Jump smarter. In this course, you’ll learn the jump progressively, broken down into each stage so you can absorb and master each aspect at your own pace. Learn from accomplished high jumpers, heptathletes and decathletes through straightforward, slow motion demonstrations and cutting-edge drills.

From the basics to elite training methods, this series will redefine your understanding of the high jump and how to train to clear bars you never thought possible. “Jumping Smarter, Jumping Higher” is the most current, in-depth and exciting high jump course available. 

In high jumping, you measure your success by your failure. Every meet ends with a miss. But if you’re training smarter, it’s a miss that your opponent felt the height before.

Genres: Track and Field, High Jump

Duration: 1 hour 55 minutes

Lessons: 25

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Ryan Baily

Instructor

You’ve heard the quote, “nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” These are the words Coach Ryan Baily must have naturally imprinted on his character. With every athlete, each event, and every drill, Baily’s excitement and coaching style reveals the path to a higher jump through confidence and motivation.

A lifelong athlete himself, Coach Baily’s passion for sport is so ingrained, he actually drove hundreds of miles each week as a young athlete just to practice the pole vault. It’s this passion and over 30 years of experience in track and field that makes Baily the kind of coach able to teach you how to draw out skills and talents hiding beneath the surface.

Course Details

Technique

Fix bad habits or prevent them from ever developing in the first place.

Everything in the high jump is built upon proper technique. From discovering the optimal approach to refining and maximizing rotation over the bar. A jumper’s full potential is only realized once all of these areas are absolutely dialed in.

That’s why we start from the beginning and cover every key element of the jump. The SMART progression of this course provides a straightforward path to learning and dialing-in optimal technique. Each lesson provides actionable technique and strategies so you’ll start seeing improvements from day 1 and continue to build towards greater heights.

Check out this recent post to get an idea of the type of technical information in the course and learn more about the high jump approach from start to takeoff.

Drills

Convert information into execution with cutting edge drills.

The high jump is about technique. But it’s also about power, speed and athleticism. Every drill included works together as a modular system that can be customized for the individual athlete. You’ll learn foundational drills to build and reinforce technique through every phase of the jump as well as drills to enhance power and speed. You’ll also gain an understanding of when and why to use them.

Deep Insight

Learn the lessons of a lifetime from a coach who has been where you are.

Go deeper into the technique and develop a true understanding of how it all fits together. These lessons provide additional insight on high jump technique and the methodology taught throughout the course. They also cover often overlooked training topics such as how to choose a dominant leg, finding individual technique, developing spatial awareness and more. 

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Jumping Smarter, Jumping Higher

Lesson Plan

01

Course Introduction: The Jump

Coach Baily describes the entire jump from start to finish. Highlighting the feelings and sensations a jumper goes through during each phase.

02

Positions at Takeoff

Clearing high bars starts with the proper takeoff. This lesson will help you find your takeoff point, get accurate foot contact and demonstrates proper posture and body positioning for an effective jump. Exercises to get you set up correctly and find your rhythm are covered. These are critical lessons that must be mastered slowly before adding speed to your jump.

03

Deep Insight - The Takeoff

The most important part of takeoff is timing of the jump mechanics covered in the previous chapter. Being patient and having the ability to think through clearing the bar at takeoff will ensure you “enjoy the ride.” Coach Baily also reiterates the proper foot contact for converting speed into height.

04

Discovering an Approach

An athlete’s approach should not be calculated, it should be discovered. How many steps should they take before takeoff and how do they find the proper curve/circle? This lesson will help you find the approach length, curve and takeoff distance from bar as well as how to adjust based on the individual attributes.

05

Seven-Step and Full Approach

After you’ve found the five-step approach, you can progress to a seven-step and then full approach. With additional speed, you have to adjust more than just two steps back. Again, a discovery process is used to find these longer approaches. In this lesson, Coach Baily explains how he helps athletes discover their seven-step and full approach.

06

Deep Insight - The Approach and Spatial Awareness

How do you make sure you feel great at takeoff? Get your approach right. Coach Baily shares how he knows when an approach is good as well as how important spatial awareness is in the high jump.

07

The Full Approach Mark

After you’ve discovered a full approach, you should measure and mark it. This is critical for consistent practice and performance in competition. This chapter demonstrates how to do this so you always know where to start no matter the setting.

08

Deep Insight - The Dominant Leg

Deciding which leg to jump off is an organic process that typically results in using the most comfortable or coordinated leg. But that doesn’t mean all training is done from this side. Coach Baily shares why he also includes non-dominant side training in his program. This is a great challenge, especially for elite athletes, to integrate into training.

09

Styles of Starting Positions

A proper starting position ensures the athlete maintains good posture while beginning to accelerate. Most important, it should be a position that can be executed consistently to reach the proper takeoff point with the most speed. Athletes may start their approach a number of ways by using a standing start, walk-in or skip-in technique. These different styles are discussed and demonstrated in this lesson.

10

Starting the Turn

This chapter includes a technical examination and demonstrations of the j-curve beginning with when to turn and how to initiate it. Getting the curve wrong will result in issues through the rest of the jump. Proper technique and common errors are covered through the full approach.

11

Rotating Over the Bar

Your approach sets you up to rotate over the bar correctly. When an athlete attempts to turn their body with their back towards the bar, overdoing the rotation, all the work from approach and takeoff will be off. If you’ve got the approach and takeoff right, you’ll naturally rotate over the bar. Coach Baily shares common rotation errors and how to avoid them as well as proper flight technique.

12

Deep Insight - Power to Weight Ratio

Getting the most out of your body and being efficient will allow you to clear higher and higher bars. Increasing strength ratio and force into the ground at takeoff can make huge differences in achieving height goals. Coach Baily discusses power to weight ratio, center of gravity and how important the details are to elite high jumping.

13

Critical Elements at Takeoff

The position of your head, lead arm and shoulders at takeoff are important to clearing the bar and landing safely. This chapter includes technical instruction for these components and how to adjust for common errors.

14

High Jump Shoes

For a good jump, you definitely need the right gear. Coach Baily shares his thoughts on necessary elements for a good high jump shoe and why this is so important to safe jumping.

15

Intro to Drills

How do you build proper high jump mechanics? This chapter gives you an introduction into the drills that have made major differences in Coach Baily’s training program. He also shares his individualized training approach and how he handles developing different natural talents.

16

Drills - Back-Overs

This chapter walks you through and demonstrates different types of back-over drills to help athletes get comfortable jumping over the bar. These drills are not just important for beginners but also help elite athletes practice rotation over the bar to perfect flight and jumping mechanics.

17

Drills - Ladders

Ladder drills are valuable practice tools to gain body awareness during takeoff and rotation over the bar. It also helps you get familiar with clearing higher bars. Coach Baily shares a few of his favorite ladder drills and the common errors that lead to injury and lost height during practice.

18

Drills - For Takeoff

The goal of the takeoff is to put as much force into the ground in the shortest amount of time possible. It is also important to have the correct posture and reach extension with the hips, knees and ankle joint. The drills presented in this chapter will help you achieve those results in the takeoff.

19

Drills - Medicine-Ball

Using a medicine ball during practice creates tension in the core, improving strength and posture while creating radial acceleration. Drills for approach, takeoff and extension are demonstrated for both dominant and non-dominant side training.

20

Drills - Warm Up

Practice doesn’t begin after warm-up; it starts the second you begin warming up. This is why it’s important that your warm-up routine relates well to high jump. Drills that elevate your heart rate, get your nervous system firing and protect from injury are demonstrated in this chapter.

21

Drills - Resistance Warm-Up

Utilizing a resistance band during training will help warm-up the nervous system while working on posture and building strength in the stabilizer muscles. Coach Baily shares multiple drills, including his favorite resistance band drill, working on posture and radial acceleration.

22

Drills - Box Plyometrics

Coach Baily shares a few of his signature plyometric drills that focus on foot contact and body position at takeoff. These drills are done frequently to develop your nervous system to get these skills right when it comes to jumping over a bar.

23

Drills - Hurdles

Hurdle drills are valuable to help athletes develop more load and strength in the high jump. Coach Baily explains how to do different hurdle drills for both the dominant and non-dominant legs.

24

Deep Insight - Individualized Technique

Not everyone has the same start, approach or takeoff in high jump. Coach Baily reveals his approach to working with different athletes and how critical communication is for a coach in helping them realize their potential. He also stresses the importance of tailoring training to each athlete.

25

Deep Insight - Psychological Elements of Competition

As the bar gets raised in competition, often so do nerves. In many cases, an athlete’s tendency is to push harder or change what they did on the jump before in attempt to clear the new height. Coach Baily shares his technique and approach to working with athletes during competition as the bar goes higher and higher.

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