Gymnastics is an important part of Pole Vault Training. It improves the athletes body awareness when they are upside down on the pole. The following videos show basic exercises including cartwheels and backwards rolls.

Floor Gymnastics Exercises


Basic gymnastics such as cartwheels remembering dorsiflexion throughout all drills, this helps with running mechanics

Backward roll to handstand with push off and pike  - This help with the top end of vault. good core and body tension throughout the extension at the top, driving up and into pike as if going over the bungee or bar. progression for this is to do a backwards roll to handstand into half turn and roll out.

Walking on hands -basic strength exercise. Testing upper body strength, body control and getting used to using upper body and core throughout movement.

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