[quote author="Nick Newman" date="1297980228"]Ok cool. I do the same thing really. What kind of lift you get is a good indicator of if you’re ready at that approach distance for technical work. Funny thing though, sometimes just sticking with it actually works. Example last Sunday for me, i was close to moving up to 11 strides becuase i wasn’t getting any lift at all. And then all of a sudden i hit a 7.35m pr and got all the lift i need. Kinda strange.
Nick – By that, do you mean – as lift starts to decline significantly, that one should not progress out the run until lift is achieved?
My issue is that I still am either decelerating too much in order to get good lift – or if I keep the speed up, am not getting the same amount of pop.[/quote]
Yes correct. Now, obviously as speed increases, take off angle naturally decreases…but the goal of any program maintain as much speed and lift as possible. So if an athletes ability to achieve lift at take off decreases considerably at a new approach length he/she may not be physically able to take off yet at the new speed OR isn’t able to technically get it right just yet.
The latter is what happened to me on Sunday. I knew i was physically able to jump high at the 13 stride speed but i just wasn’t planting properly etc. That’s why I continued to stay with 13. Sometimes though it makes a big difference if someone is stuggling to move them up a few strides for a couple of jumps and then move them back. Often they then get the feeling for the right take off and can do it from the longer run.