Pole vault is one of the world’s most dynamic sports, requiring elite levels of sprinting, jumping, and gymnastics from athletes. Herbert Czingon has been coaching the event for decades as both German national coach and now Switzerland. He joins us on this week’s podcast to talk about how his approach to planning for the complex event has changed over the years to better identify the individual needs of athletes, plus a discussion on the unique demands the sport requires from athletes.
Notes and quotes
Herbert Czingon is a well-recognized pole vault coach world wide. Coaching for more than 40 years now we worked with a huge number of international level athletes, including current Swiss champion and current European U23 champion Angelica Moser. He currently works as national pole vault coach and head coach of field events in Switzerland. Previously he was also Germany’s national pole vault coach, as well as head of coach education and head coach of field events.
- 3:30 – Herbert’s path to coaching.
- 7:00 – Looking at Germany’s success in the field events.
- 11:30 – Managing training group results and dynamics. “The most important athlete of the group is often improving, but the other athletes not as much because we naturally we focus on the best athletes. “
- 14:00 – Personalizing training: “Individualization used to be an afterthought, after I made the perfect plan for my event. Now it is the starting point. “
- 18:00 – Individualization for beginners: “Pole vault is a combination of running, jumping, and gymnastics. The first step is to make them more complete in all three respects. ” “Use the first years to improve the weaknesses and the later years use their strengths to make them better. “
- 22:00 – Evolution of training methods, differences between training men and women.
- 24:45 – Minimum strength requirements for the pole vault and balancing strength and hypertrophy.
- 28:30 – The role of stress in training. “You have to be in a good mood as a coach even if things are not moving forward. The athletes must believe in their coach to believe in themselves. “
- 32:00 – Transferring speed to the pole vault.
- 36:00 – Getting rid of bad technical habits.
- 40:15 – Size and the pole vault.
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