How they train: Morgan Lake

We hear how the British high jump champion will prepare for several championships this year, starting with the indoor season goals.

As Morgan Lake prepared for her second Olympics, she got a call from Puma. They wanted her to try on their pointe shoes.

“I saw a picture of them and I was like ‘oh my god they look perfect’,” said the British high jump champion. “I tried them on, did my first session with them and I was like ‘yeah, 100%! ”

“It was really good because the tips are so important [for everyone], but I think for the high jump they’re just at the next level… so for me, as soon as I saw them, tried them on and did a few sessions, I was like ‘these are definitely the crampons I want and the brand I want to be with ‘. It worked very well.

Lake was so impressed that she wore them to Tokyo where she qualified for her second Olympic final. Although she painfully had to pull out due to a foot injury, the 24-year-old was able to think positively and look to the future with confidence.

“The injury was a huge setback, but it almost gave me time to step back and think about exactly what I want, so I’m really excited for the next steps and look forward to the 2022 season. “she said. said.

Commonly described as a child prodigy in her youth, Lake – a multiple national high jump and heptathlon champion with a slew of age group records under her belt – made the transition to an accomplished senior without the fuss or hysteria. excessive.

Most notably, she qualified for two Olympic high jump finals, finished sixth at the 2017 World Championships, fourth at the 2018 World Indoor Championships and second at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.

“I think I really felt the pressure (as a junior),” she explains. “I felt it more in heptathlon and I think I put too much pressure on myself so I think I naturally switched to high jump because of it; it was always my event where i was just like, ‘I’m good at this so I’m just going to do it for fun’ and, looking back, the reason it turned out well is because I saw it as fun rather than pressure.

“The biggest advice I would give [to young athletes] is to take advantage of it and not to exert this self-imposed pressure. Although you might feel like everyone is watching what you do, they only watch for a very short time … so I think you are having fun and have your own goals, and don’t tie those goals to what you think others expect you. “

Lake’s goals for the coming summer are to compete in the three major championships. “Going back to Oregon would be so special – I haven’t been back since the world junior championships (where she won the double gold medal), so it’s definitely a huge blow for me,” she said.

“And also having the Commonwealth Games at home, you can’t give up on that opportunity. We train a lot in Birmingham so it’s so important and then the European Championships – so I’m going to do my best to do all three of them.

She adds: “I feel good. After Tokyo and the way I qualified, it’s almost like something just clicked into my brain, I was like ‘okay that’s how you do it’ which was really. nice, then obviously with the arrival of Puma on board, it’s like everything is falling into place for next year.

Morgan Lake (Mark Shearman)

Typical training week (summer)

Lake – a two-time world junior high jump and heptathlon champion in 2014 – is coached by Fuzz Caan and is based in Loughborough, where she trains with fellow Olympian Emily Borthwick.

“This is Emily’s first year at Loughborough and we’ve been training together all year,” she says. “Before she moved I was doing one session a week with her, but we spent a whole winter practicing with the rest of our group, including [European under-20 bronze medallist] Sam Brereton.

“The group seems to click really well, and we all encourage each other to jump even higher.”

A typical week of training during the summer includes three double days with technical work (Monday, Wednesday and Friday): “We do something to mimic the jump, but we don’t always jump all three days,” says Lake.

  • Monday: (morning) technical. General warm-up then specific high jump exercises and body awareness, then either a high jump or scissors session or a boxing or springboard session; (afternoon) medical ball throws for power and reaction and lifting session in the gym.
  • Tuesday: short speed session and circuits. “We still do tours in the summer season,” says Lake. “Not as fat as winter, but to keep us in shape and to keep our physical condition up.”
  • Wednesday: like Monday.
  • Thursday: active rest / recovery, such as walking, yoga, low-level bike ride.
  • Friday: like Monday.
  • Saturday: depends on the competitions at this time of year, but similar to Tuesday
  • Sunday: full day of rest.

Favorite session

“Certainly the box sessions where we do high jump sessions from the plyo box, so instead of taking off from the ground, we take off from the box. You run as usual, but instead of jumping off the ground, you jump from a 10cm box, which makes you 10cm higher. This means I can practice crossing a 2m bar which is really fun.

Least preferred session

“Hill sessions (in winter).”

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This article first appeared in the December issue of AW magazine, which you can buy here

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