Alright guys, I guess I didn’t introduce myself in my first post. I did it in my profile so here’s what I wrote:
“I’m Forrest the coolest mentor at PatriotPV. I’m going to Washington University in St Louis. I’m majoring in biology with maybe a double in something called Philosophy/Neuroscience/Psychology. It’s cool. All I do is vault. And maybe play some frisbee with my floor once in awhile. I expect this year to be very informative.”
For pole vault, Coach Lane started me out on 1 Left, and I moved back to 2 and now finally 3 lefts. Here’s the stats for that:
1 Left- runway mark: 13’6″; pole: 11’130; grip: 10? ish
2 Lefts- runway mark: 26’6″; pole: 13’145; grip: 11’11″ PR with bar: 11′
3 Lefts- runway mark: 38’3″; pole: 13’160; grip: 12’2″
Ok. So now I’m gonna try to explain one of the key things I’ve learned since I started vaulting, and that’s how to drive the chest. I’m kinda tentative to tell you without being there to show you because it is a weird thing. The way I was planting before, with the arm up right next to the ear, does not actually allow the shoulder joint to be loose enough to drive the chest. Try pushing your arm back from that plant position, it moves a little but then stops. Now, instead pretend to plant so that your arm is at a 30 degree angle with the side of your head. Now the shoulder opens up and the arm can be pushed back. This allows the chest to drive. Ok, but you can’t plant off to the side right? This part is tricky. While keeping the arm in this relative position, you need to move it to a higher position instead of to the side. To do this, basically you stretch the right side of the abs and lats, and really reach up (but do not move your arm from the shoulder joint). Left hand does not do too much at the plant, I dont think. This should be similar to if you hang from a rope by your top hand, COMPLETELY relaxing everything except your hand. Your hand needs to grab the rope so dont relax it. Then just put your left hand on where it would normally be, but it should be relaxed. If you are only hanging by your top hand, you should be in a similar position to what I just described. You should notice that the right shoulder is much higher than the left shoulder. In the same way, at the plant you should feel all of the pressure through your top hand. If you hit takeoff right, you will naturally drive the chest. Right now, I’m working on trying to get on top of a pole while it is still bent, and trying to extend from there. I’ll be back at thanksgiving to show you if you don’t get it.