Pole Vault exercise helps balance and align the body on the pole while pulling, turning and pushing. An excellent exercise to build strength and balance for the TOP OF THE POLE VAULT
After attending the Elite Coaches Clinic at the United States Olympic Training Center and hearing the strength specialists tell us that pole vaulters should use more elastic strength exercises because that would mimic the elastic energy stored in the bent pole vault pole, I developed The Topper. It only bolstered my opinion after hearing the same thing from the strength experts talk at the Pole Vault Summit. This drill emphasizes the need for balance and alignment of the body and pole while pulling, turning and pushing. This is a great drill for developing strength and balance on the top of the vault. It accentuates the balance between the pole tip and the feet. Beginners can start by doing the drill on the ground, while more advanced vaulters can do the drill balancing the pole tip vertically in a clear area in the middle of the field. It's best to grip the pole about 3 inches from the end to allow the vaulter to turn and shift the top of the pole above and between the shoulders.
The Topper doesn't hang on anything. It attaches to the bottom of your pole and either foot. The stretched bungee shows you the direct line of force between those two points. To be most efficient, your hands and body should turn around that line and stay close to it.
Note: Green Elite model has been discontinued.