powerplant42 wrote:For what it's worth, I heard once (and I can't remember from where but remember it being rather authoritative) that someone who can snatch his own body weight has enough strength for a 6m jump.
I'd say your athlete is doing great in this department.
Vertical, speed, and coordination/technical skills.
That's really interesting.. and it's an interesting way of stating it (whether on purpose or not, I don't know). "...Has enough strength for a 6m jump"
I think one's ability to run 10m/s under control would be a better indicator (as someone who when pole vaulting full time who could power snatch his body weight, but could only run 9.3 WITHOUT a pole...and wasn't kicking 6m, let alone jumping even 5...).
The older I get, the less I think about metrics. I used to obsess over them. "If I can do this, then I should be able to do that." Except the vault is so technical, and with a requisite amount of strength it begins not to matter. Those numbers are really good, especially for someone who is understood to not be a competitive weightlifter. There comes a time when you are "strong enough" and now you need to apply it. In my feeble experience that happens somewhere around a 315 - 350lbs back squat... now you need to learn how to increase your rate of force development, and learn to technically pole vault better.