Speed: The Approach Run in Long Jump & Triple Jump [PODCAST]

Kenta’ Bell (pronounced Ken-TAY), is a two time USA Olympian (2004, 2008) in the Triple Jump and the 2001 Gold medalist at the World Student Games in Beijing, China.

His PR is an impressive 17.63m and he is also the 2003 & 2010 USA National Champion. By then, he was ranked as one of America’s top ten triple jumpers in each of the past nine years by Track & Field News.

Kenta’ Bell’s past articles include Ballistic Power for Better Athletic Performance and Advanced Plyometrics for Jump and Sprint Training, both are must reads.

He also wrote Significance of Force Application in Max Velocity Sprinting, Part One: Foot and Ankle Usage and Part 2 looks at three (3) of the five (5) most important muscle groups in human locomotion

Lastly, he produced a VIDEO: How to Teach Bounding (in 4 Easy Steps)

Kenta Bell Approach Run

The Approach Run in Long Jump & Triple Jump

In this podcast, he answers 6 of the most common questions in the Approach Run for the Long Jump & Triple Jump:

  1. What is the optimal length of a TJ approach run, or compared to LJ?
  2. How fast do I need to be to jump far?
  3. What is the critical zone (and why must you dominate it)?  How do I train this?
  4. How do I adjust my approach in a head wind and tail wind
  5. What part of the year do you begin training the approach run?
  6. How do I teach the approach run to a beginner or youth athlete?

Podcast: The Approach Run in Long Jump & Triple Jump


  • Presenter: Kenta’ Bell
  • Recorded Date: Dec 30, 2013
  • Duration: 31 minutes
  • File Size: 28.5 Mb

Jimson Lee

Jimson Lee

Coach & Founder at SpeedEndurance.com
I am a Masters Athlete and Coach currently based in London UK. My other projects include the Bud Winter Foundation, writer for the IAAF New Studies in Athletics Journal (NSA) and a member of the Track & Field Writers of America.
Jimson Lee
Jimson Lee
Jimson Lee
  • Great insight, I learned a few things. I never looked at the last 10m for speed.. I always taught using 4 steps before the board, and put a shoe/marker there. Then its 1-2-3-4-UP! So that’s probably about 10m. But i never considered splitting it up into 2 halves, and keeping velocity in mind!

    • I’ve communicated with Kenta on a few occasions and have great respect for his ideology.
      This is a great piece of the puzzle for jumpers! I strongly advise our community to check Kenta’s work on force application and bounding fundamentals. SpeedEndurance hits another winner!
      Check my articles from Last March on progressive training for TJ and motivating and evaluating jumpers (; )