Does anyone know how to teach the longer penultimate step in the long and triple jump run up?
I know the penultimate step is supposed to be a little bit longer to lower the hips, so that the shorter last step will cause the hips to be rising at take-off.
I haven’t been teaching it to my athletes because I think it would make them slow down right before take-off (they would worry about it too much).
Also, some of the jumpers have a tendency to “block” the jump, putting their take-off foot too far in front of their center of mass, which converts some of their horizontal force to vertical force, but ends up decreasing their long jump distance because of increased ground contact time. Any way to get them to stop doing this?