LONG JUMP SPECIAL
AW: What advice have you for young jumpers wanting to do the event?
DB: By all means try it! It’s a lot of fun and is a very enjoyable event, but stay open-minded and open to other events, you might be better suited to another.
AW: Should young athletes specialise in the long jump at say 13-14?
DB: If an athlete is certain that’s what they want to do then definitely. I started doing long jump properly around that age and never looked back.
AW: Tell us what technique you use?
DB: I’ve always used the hang from as early as I can remember, but I am slowly adapting to the hitch as I feel it allows better penetration through the board meaning further distances. (See p36 for more on the hitch-kick).
AW: How do you deal with flights and travel?
DB: When I land, I rest. I might then warm-up and roll out because you get tight flying. Pre-comp, I’ll usually do a full warm-up and drills too.
Dan Bramble posts most of his training on his Instagram – @dbrambs_ljis and is an ambassador for GB Active, who run boot camps led by some of the UK’s leading athletes. For more, see gb-active.co.uk
Dan Bramble uses the hang but is experimenting with the hitch-kick