Lax PV wrote:Rhino wrote:jumpbackin wrote:If the weight comes on fast for you, consider switching to a Strength/Power plan earlier. I think Pole Vaulters are best a little on the skinny side so I don't think you should go above about 155.
Agreed. Don't bulk up. At 5'9", 140 is enough, 155 is pushing it.
He is only one guy, I get it and he is NOT the norm, but 140 is big enough if you are fast enough...
http://london2012.usatoday.com/olympics ... &id=653861
The weight on Renaud is not correct. He is over 150, there was an interview with his little brother where he said their two weights but I do not remember exact number.
But there are also two styles of short pole vaulters. Those that are naturally fast, Renaud is one of them. Then there are those that are not born naturally fast and get that way by becoming stronger and more explosive in the weight room. A guy like Greg Duplantis was only 5'6 but he was listed at about 155 and he was one of the fastest vaulters of all time.
I like to tell people to get as strong and explosive as they can and ignore the scale. If you are 5'9 140 and currently power clean 185 and have a 32 inch vertical but spend the next year in the weight room and go to 155 but can now power clean 235 and have a 35 inch vertical, the weight is good.
Pole vault is the transfer of energy. Essentially max velocity is all you need in the vault because if you go from 9.0 m/s to 9.1 m/s and gain 10 pounds you can always just use a stiffer pole