Friday, July 31, 2009

To (use the cue) Jump or Not?

3 comments:

CFB said...

I think this depends upon what the athlete is already doing and what, as a coach, you are trying to amplify. If they have a great second pull already, then the "jump" cue can inadvertently shorten it due to the athlete losing contact with the ground too early. However, if they have a poor second pull and don't already reach triple extension before the third pull, then cueing "jump" can encourage staying in the second pull phase longer and completing the shrug.

I find "jump" works well with beginners who are pulling early with their arms as it helps build a better conceptualization that the hips/legs should be driving the movement rather than the arms. I would be surprised if the cue had any meaning for an intermediate lifter, and in fact works against what we are trying to achieve, which is driving through the ground harder and for longer in the second pull.

I think the answer starts with "what are we trying to fix" which in all cases will determine whether a cue is effective. I guess in much simpler terms, does the cue work for that particular athlete.

Just my 2 cents:-)

Steffi said...

I do not like the "jump", because it makes the athlete get to much air time. In the air there is no way of influencing the barbel. You have to have contact to the ground to do that. So - minimizing air time is key. My coach always cues to "stop jumping, just replace your feet quickly".

Kristof said...

I too, think that it somewhat depends on the situation. Though it can be a really good cue, just make sure the athlete doesn't turn the jump into one of those 'donkey-kicks' ...