Pole vaulting is a complex and challenging sport that requires a combination of strength, technique, and mental fortitude. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, there are certain tips and techniques you can use to improve your performance and achieve success in pole vaulting.
- Develop a solid foundation of strength and conditioning: Pole vaulting requires a high level of upper body, core, and leg strength, as well as good overall conditioning. Incorporate exercises such as squats, deadlifts, lunges, and chin-ups into your training to build the strength you need to pole vault effectively.
- Learn proper technique: Good technique is essential for pole vaulting. Seek out a qualified coach who can teach you the correct way to grip the pole, the run and takeoff technique, and the correct body position during the vault.
- Practice, practice, practice: As with any sport, the key to success in pole vaulting is practice. Try to get in as much vaulting time as possible, and work on perfecting your technique with each practice session.
- Focus on speed and power: Speed and power are essential for a successful vault. Focus on developing the speed and power you need to generate the lift you need to clear the bar.
- Control your mind: Pole vaulting is a mental game as much as a physical one. Learn to control your thoughts and stay focused during your vault. To do this you can practice visualization and deep breathing techniques.
- Keep a positive attitude: Pole vaulting can be a tough sport and there will be setbacks, it’s important to maintain a positive attitude and stay motivated. Setting small goals, and celebrating even small successes can help you stay motivated.
- Stay flexible: Flexibility is important for pole vaulters to prevent injury. Be sure to stretch your muscles regularly to maintain your flexibility, and to keep them supple, so you’ll be able to move freely and easily during your vault.
- Use the right equipment: Using the right pole and other equipment is essential for success in pole vaulting. Make sure you are using a pole that is the right size, weight, and stiffness for your body type and skill level.
By following these tips, you can improve your performance and achieve success in pole vaulting. Remember to stay focused, stay motivated, and most importantly, enjoy the sport. With the right mindset and a commitment to training, you can reach new heights and clear the bar like a pro.
By Doug Bouma – Coach st Vaulter Club and Editor at Vaulter Magazine