September 11, 2017

Development of Functional Power in Fast-Twitch Athletic Events

                  In the United States, track & field describes a variety of competitive events on or near an 8-lane, 400-meter track. To the rest of the world, “athletics” is the more commonly accepted name...

September 5, 2017

How do I get on a longer pole?

Many vaulters start off a new year trying to get on a longer pole. Most people believe that the only way they can get that next pr is by getting to that next pole and raising his or her grip. Now, never mind the fact that you could increas...

August 7, 2017

What is push? Your push is how high above your grip you can clear. How can you figure this out? And why is this important?

Well for starters it amazes me how many people do not know how high they can grip? So many people say “I grip here.” What does that mean? Data is a...

July 29, 2017

What is maximal effort pole vaulting? Well before I introduce this idea I will use an example from another sport to help illustrate what I am trying to discuss.

In the sport of powerlifting maximal effort lifting is the be all end all. What is the most weight you can mo...

July 29, 2017

Genetics + Strength/Fitness + Technique = Performance

At Apex for years now we have always discussed the above equation. If you want a particular performance in the pole vault you need to plug in three variables: genetics, strength/fitness, and technique. Now a great di...

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