2 Foot Landing for the Mat Jump

Clearing the mat jump in the PARE test or POPAT test is challenging, especially when running 6 laps of the obstacle course and feeling gassed. The added pressure of a penalty when you touch the mat doesn’t help matters either.

Most people will try to land in stride with one foot (which I generally recommend). This becomes increasingly difficult, though, with rising fatigue levels and the building heaviness in the legs.

So what do you do to ensure not being penalized? You land with both feet together, similar to the long jump in track and field.

It is jarring when you do the 2 foot landing, and it does take away from your running momentum. But if it means not being penalized, then I say go for it.

Watch the tutorial below on how to do the 2 foot landing for the mat jump.


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