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  • Ryan Ewing

Long & Triple Moving Forward - Let's Build Something Truly Special Together!

I want this site to be a team effort. Let's collectively build the best source for jumps the internet has to offer!

Long and Triple has been a dream of mine for years. Now, the site is up and helping coaches and athletes from all over the world! My dreams for this site are coming true, and it's an amazing feeling!

But, my goals are continually growing. My hunger hasn't been quenched with visits from Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Australia (to name a few). I want to help more. I want to be part of something larger. I want this site and the various forms of resources I'm creating to help an even larger number of people!

An experience this past weekend cemented that need (from coaches and athletes) and my desire to meet that need only grew!

Please read through my story to find out how you can help me not only achieve that dream, but to also assist others as I am.


On Saturday I was asked to do a triple jump training session with an athlete from out of town. We have worked together in the past, but this was the first time we've worked together during the season. She has been jumping good overall numbers, but wanted to get some advice on how to maximize her distance.

I first started by assessing her hop leg. I wanted to ensure she was using the correct leg at takeoff. I did this simply by putting out a box and having her do single leg jumps (and landings) onto the box. After seeing her do the drill from each leg I came to the conclusion that she was using the proper takeoff foot.

Great start!

After that we worked on the rotation she had performed jumping up to the box with speed (without the box). The first phase is all about the proper takeoff leg rotation. This is extremely difficult and something many kids simply aren't comfortable doing. This discomfort comes from the unnatural feeling of the rotation, and the large amounts of force that accompany it. Many are unable to physically perform it due to a lack of necessary strength.

We weren't able to perfect the takeoff leg rotation, but that wasn't the point. I simply wanted to introduce her to that idea so that she could slowly build trust (and strength) to perform the proper movement in her own time.

Her rotation is good, but as she understands how to use it properly she could add as much as 3-4 feet (to the step phase) in her current physical condition (which would be HUGE).

Once the rotation was discussed and worked on, we focused on getting the hop phase properly connected to the step phase. I like to do this by using banana hurdles as barriers to jump over. This is where I noticed her main needs as a jumper - the connection to the step phase, and the step phase itself.

This is very common and plagues a LARGE percentage of the triple jump community.

A gentleman I have corresponded with is writing an entire book about this phase alone - it's significance and difficulty are extreme when it comes to the triple jump!

We worked on using the takeoff leg rotation properly, and discussed how the non-takeoff leg (the one behind the body) should assist in the step phase. She made some progress, but again, things weren't perfected by the end of our session. This will take time to sink in, but I have nothing but faith that sh