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Takeoff - double arm
This high jumper is taking off using a double-arm pump technique. Her right thigh is parallel to the ground and helping her to rotate so her back will be over the bar.
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Don’t make the mistake of taking off in front of the center of the bar. You want to take off before
you reach that point, so your momentum carries you over the center – which is the bar’s lowest
point. Plant the takeoff foot (which will be farthest from the bar) in front of you, with the toe
pointing toward the far standard, and drive your other leg and both arms straight up (not across
your body), while keeping them close to your body. The thigh on the non-takeoff leg should be
parallel to the ground while your arms punch up to head level. Look down on the bar with your
chin tight to your chest. Leave the free leg up as the takeoff leg rises into a similar position. It’s
important to remember that the takeoff is a vertical jump. Maintain your lean away from the bar
and jump up, allowing your momentum to carry you over the bar.