The Triple Jump Requires Speed, General Strength, Specific Strength, Coordination and Flexibility.
Triple jumpers train like sprinters, but at a slightly lesser level, to increase their speed. They also perform a variety of strength training activities such as weight training to develop basic strength and a variety of jumping drills to develop specific jumping strength, known as "yielding reactive power." A triple jumper also need to increase their flexibility and coordination to be able to fully execute his or her jumping technique.
How Often Should I Practice the Triple Jump?
The answer is dependent on what level of a jumper you are! If you’re a beginning jumper you need to do basic weight training, 2-3 times per week, jump training 2 times per week and sprint training, 4-5 times per week. You’ll also have pre-season training, in-season training, and off-season training. Training for intermediate and advanced jumps is similar but becomes more specific as the jumper develops.
Michael G. Helps You Train for the Triple Jump
Mike coaches high school, collegiate, open and Masters triple jumpers. His jumpers have won numerous individual titles over a span of thirty-plus years. He has coached over fifty athletes in the jumps and sprints to All-American status throughout his coaching career. Mike was inducted into the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) Hall of Fame for track and field in 2011. Some of Mike’s former athletes are now successful coaches at the high school and collegiate levels.