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Track & Field Training Update: Jumps

by Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
Track & Field Training Update: Jumps

The LSU track and field teams are gearing up for another banner year this spring and are in the midst of a strenuous fall training regimen designed to help them compete against the nation’s best. The Tigers and Lady Tigers form the premier combined program in all of collegiate track and field with an impressive 31 NCAA championships and 47 Southeastern Conference championships all-time.

Seventh in a nine-part series updating LSU’s progress during the fall training season will focus on the jumps group.

BATON ROUGE – LSU assistant coach Todd Lane and his jumps crew continue to train with the motto that “Nobody Outworks the Jumpers” as they know it will take that kind of attitude to help the Tigers and Lady Tigers compete for national championships in the spring.

The LSU jumpers wrapped up their third cycle of training last week and will continue preparation for the start of the 2010 season through the end of the fall semester and Christmas break.

Lane said that his athletes will increase the intensity of their workouts while decreasing the volume of the exercises and movements during their fourth training cycle. They have also added short approach jumping to their training regimen. The long jumpers and triple jumpers jump off from 8-10 steps and high jumpers and pole vaulters jump off from 6-10 steps while preparing for their individual events.

Lane also said that he is impressed with the intensity and enthusiasm shown by his athletes each afternoon in training as the start of the 2011 season is just six weeks away.

The LSU jumpers have also shown a competitive spirit throughout the fall season that Lane says will help fuel the group’s success in championship competition in the spring.

“From the moment that we came together for our first practice of fall training, our athletes have shown us a want and a desire to improve each and every day,” Lane said. “We’re now at that point of being anxious for the season and the opportunity to compete. I have a want for this group to continue to develop a strong competitiveness that will help us reach the goals that we have set for ourselves.”