Rely On Your Legs, Not Your Arms (Vault Jumping)

There’s a misconception that you need to use your arms to push yourself up and over the bar when it comes to the vault jump. I can see that point of view, but it’s not the most effective way of going over the bar.

When jumping the 3 foot vault, it’s not about using your arms (and upper body) to clear it. It’s about the legs, and specifically the power you generate to clear the bar.

This is not to say you’re not using arms; you do. They’re just not being used in the manner you think you’re using them for. The arms are primarily to help guide your body over the bar, not to generate power.

You want to rely on your legs for power. And when you do, it will make a significant difference.

Watch the video below as I go more in depth on how to rely on your legs, and not your arms:

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