Which is it, left or right?

The other day I got a call from a very old friend about his daughter who  is trying to decide which foot to use as her take-off leg.  This has been a discussion for many years.  The two sides are adamant that their version is correct.  On the one side are those athletes and coaches that think a jumper should take off in the triple jump with the same leg that they use in the long jump or high jump (the “jump leg”).  The other side argues that the opposite leg (or “opposing leg”) should be used so that you can save the “jump leg” for the last, or jump, phase.

Let me begin by admitting I am a disciple of the latter view, especially since that is the way I jumped.  However, I am not completely sold on the theory for athletes who are used to jumping the other way.  However, I have changed jumpers so that they start their jump using the “opposing leg” because I felt they would benefit from the change.  With that said I will not make comment, negative or positive about using the jump leg for take off.  I will concentrate on reasons why I believe using the opposing leg for take off is a better use of the skills for triple jump.

First and foremost a triple jumper is told that they are supposed to run off the board as opposed to jumping.  It stands to reason that your opposing leg is a better option because jumping is not contemplated at the board.   To punch hard at the board will typically result in a high arching long jump with the resulting step and jump phases being weak and less effective.  It is much easier to use the opposing leg to run off the board.  Atheltes have significant speed from running down the runway so taking that speed off the board will give the athlete sufficient distance relative to the distance gained from the jump leg.

Clearly, when an athlete gets to the jump phase there is little speed left so an active jump is very important.  If the opposing leg is used in the jump phase it is difficult to gain the appropriate distance to make for an overall lengthy jump.  Using the jump leg will provide the lift-off necessary to carry the athlete a significant distance in the pit.

There is also a physical limitation using the jump leg for take-off in the triple jump (especially for men).  The distance from the board to the end of the runway is 42 feet (12m80).  Several athletes can jump 42 feet in two jumps but have to hold back because they don’t have enough runway to really jump.  That is what made it possible for me to jump further than those athletes, I was able to use my “jump leg” to jump the additional distance needed to jump further than them.

The perfect example is Charlie Simpkins, probably the best “hop-stepper” ever to triple jump.  Charlie could hop-step into the pit but never chose to do it.  If I were Charlie, I would have hop-stepped into the pit…turned and looked at the judge, then demanded that an additional board be inserted 45 feet from the pit so that I could break the world record.  Everytime Charlie started his jump I cringed because I was positive he would beat my world record jump.  Thankfully, Charlie chose to stick with his jump leg on the hop step.

Finally, lets remember that maintaining the speed off the board throughout the jump is what determines the longest jump.  “Jumping” off the board will result in reduction of speed and therefore a reduction in the ultimate distance of the triple jump.

Advertisements

11 Responses to “Which is it, left or right?”

  1. benny mievis Says:

    Hello, I’m a former Triplejumper of noy soo high level (15m38) because in belgium we didn’t have good coaches !!! (once I took part in a clinic in Brussels with Willy, and I also saw him jump at age in San Sebastian, I jumped in the M40 then) and now coach in Belgium. I was vice-european champion Masters M40 with 14m18 when I was 43 years old. My daughter also does long- and triplejumping (surprising no ? 🙂 as well as 400m hurdles (61″62). She is not very fast (12″80 in 100m – 26″00 in 200m – 57″ in 400m) but a real bouncer. She is 16 years old and jumps now 12m47 in the triple. In Belgium she is number one in her age group, and national number 4 of all women. She took part (as the youngest) at th World Championsips in Bressanone and cleared 12m23. She jumpes 5m87 in the long jump, with the Right leg. Also her HOP-leg is the R-one, because this is much stronger than Left. We tried to compensate the weaker legg bij doing dubble excercises a while ago, but Right stays stronger than ever ! My question is : hopping with the strong leg seems to me the best solution because you need the stronger leg twice and the weaker leg only for the jump, am I wrong ? Grtz from Benny.

    • mrtriplejump Says:

      Dear Benny,

      As I mentioned in my blog, I am a supporter of starting your jump with the more stable leg, which is the opposite leg used for the long jump and high jump. This seems counter intuitive but once you understand the dynamics of the jump you realize that the speed generated on the runway will transfer to controlled distance in the jump. The last phase will lack any real speed so the more coordinated and powerful leg will be needed for distance in the jump phase.

  2. speed racer Says:

    Very good content, many thank you to the writer. This is incomprehensive to me right now, but in general, the actual usefulness as well as significance is overwhelming. Many thanks again and good luck!

  3. David H. Says:

    Hi Willie,
    I have had a change of heart concerning my hop leg, which has always been my left leg (strong leg). However, I have better control with my right leg (weaker leg). Well, I would not say the weaker leg because I have trained both of them to the same extent. I was wondering if it would be a good choice since I have better control with the weaker leg. I always lose momentum on after the first phase when I use the left leg it is harder to attack the ground.

  4. aboriginalband069.webs.com Says:

    C’est uո vrai plaisir de rɡarder ce site internet

  5. http://Www.321streaming.nu Says:

    Superbe poste, une fois dе plus

  6. psychoticarbite96.newsvine.com Says:

    Vraiment fascinant : selon moi ce post intéresserait ma
    gonzesse

  7. delray beach social media marketing fees Says:

    If you have a business which is located in New York City and
    your advertising is focused in the New York area, try experimenting with sending ad copy
    thought social media to New Jersey as well.
    If you’re keeping a blog for social media purposes, you have to make sure that it’s kept
    as active as possible. Singapore Search Engine Optimisation advisor makes these waves possible for any web site with the best approach and experience mixed.
    Many social media marketers just advertise their products through their social media
    profiles. It offers the ability to instantly alter campaign focus and direction. Social media networking working sites have put an ending to fan sites because social media
    sites assist the fans to get access to their favorite fans and they will even be able to interact with one another.

    It is important while running a social media marketing campaign,
    to respond to comments and reviews in a timely manner,
    and to always maintain a high level of professionalism.
    t know any advanced strategies yet, go to Kevin Thomas Marketing for the most current and in depth Internet Marketing training for Network Marketers on the planet, that builds on this sample
    social media marketing plan and goes way beyond it.
    And most importantly, treat your customers how you would want to
    be treated. The internet-marketing services are very necessary for the creation of your brand identity and for
    achieving recognition among prospects.

  8. boca raton fl casino Says:

    This small window of time is simply not enough for
    you to study all your materials from beginning to end, so be
    sure you have a complete set of study notes that you can memorize
    during the last few valuable days before your exam. Your application is best sent in on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays since the other two
    days in the week are practically weekend days. Many affiliates
    will use article marketing and create a resource box that leads back to their own website or CPA landing
    page.

  9. Sydney Explorer Bus Review Says:

    Wonderful post! We will be linking to this great content on our site.

    Keep up the great writing.

  10. Simone Says:

    Thanks for one’s marvelous posting! I actually enjoyed reading it, you could
    be a great author.I will make sure to bookmark your blog and will come back later in life.
    I want to encourage you to continue your great work, have a nice afternoon!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: