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Old 08-30-07, 09:56 AM   #1
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How to jump a 6' Wall?

Sooo I don't have a fence/wall available to practice but I need to be able to jump/scale a 6' solid wooden wall on an obstacle course. There isn't a rope or anything you just gotta somehow pull up and over.

I tried googling for hints but no luck. They do have a practice sessions two days before the test but I'd like to have more time to get my technique down or do some specific exercises at the gym done to help out.
Anyone have any tips or know any tricks to this?
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Old 08-30-07, 09:57 AM   #2
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Old 08-30-07, 09:59 AM   #3
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Fortunately nothing. Just a 50 ft sprint then up and over the wall and another 50 ft sprint.. then up the stairs, drag a 178 lb dummy and so on. Just a basic physical entry exam for the police. I'm fine with everything else but that dang wall. I mean either I'll just fly over it or whack right into it and have to do the walk of shame which I'd rather avoid.
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I would pole vault it. I can teach you.
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Oh I just read your explanation. Hmm...I suggest working on your vertical leap.
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Run at the wall, grab the top with your hands and either side hurdle over or scramble up and over. Six feet ain't nothin.
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I sometimes do that for the added exercise when I run. Best thing to do is push yourself up with your arms, and fling your feet up and over, getting a leaping start.
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gotta agree with Stacey. Your arms should extended over your head should be well over 6'. Just run up to it, grab the top and scramble over. If you are lucky, the fence will have rails that you can use as toe holds.
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Run full speed at the wall.
Shortly before hitting the wall, jump.
Grab the top edge of the wall.
Use your forward momentum and try to get as much grip as you can (with your feet) to push your lower body up.

Try your best to just get your upper body to the top edge of the wall, and you can "roll" the rest of yourself up over the top with very little effort.


Another method:

Stand at base of wall.
Grab top of wall and pull your upper body up while springing/swinging one leg up to the top.
Use your arms and that one leg (now hopefully hitched over the top of the wall) to haul yourself over.
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6' is nothing unless you are under 4' tall.

Working on pull ups will help you get over any wall you can get a hold of the top of.
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So when you say "a 6' solid wooden wall", what exactly does that mean? Or won't you know until you get there? If it's like 1 X 4 slats nailed to 2 X 4's, try getting a good run at it and just put your shoulder into it. Smash it to bits. If it works, you'll really make an impression. You know--quick thinking, it seemed like the quickest way to get me and the 170 lb dummy past the fence, up the stairs and out of the line of fire, that sort of thing.

If it doesn't work out, well, maybe it's just for the best. Good luck!
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Check this guy for some pointers... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp52XtqFRRI

Want to come over and practice on my fence. I have a big azzed dog for motivation.
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If you can do pull/chin ups you'll be fine. If not, grab the top and wear shoes with decent traction so you can "walk" up while pulling yourself up.
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Wow thanks for all the responses.
I think the wall is completely flat like a piece of plywood framed internally by 2x4s so you can't use your feet too easily to walk up.

I'm 6'3" but just got down to 275. I've been riding 42 miles pulling a 70lb+ loaded touring bike 3 days a week and 20 or so miles with it twice a week so my legs are pretty strong. My upper body isn't up to pulling up and over my weight though. I'll try and get back into the gym to do some dips and pullups on the machine they have their

My wife just offered the 8ft brick wall at her Animal services building for practice so I'll give that a go tonight.
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My best straightforward answer, and one that has been mentioned:
Run at the wall, don't sprint or you'll faceplant, but run and step up onto the wall about three feet high with one foot. With your foot there grab the top and pull yourself toward the wall. Once you do this your waist should be near the top, lean over and "roll" over. Hold onto the top or you will fall down the other side.
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Wow thanks for all the responses.
I think the wall is completely flat like a piece of plywood framed internally by 2x4s so you can't use your feet too easily to walk up.

I'm 6'3" but just got down to 275. I've been riding 42 miles pulling a 70lb+ loaded touring bike 3 days a week and 20 or so miles with it twice a week so my legs are pretty strong. My upper body isn't up to pulling up and over my weight though. I'll try and get back into the gym to do some dips and pullups on the machine they have their

My wife just offered the 8ft brick wall at her Animal services building for practice so I'll give that a go tonight.
275 and a 2x4 plywood framed wall, you will not need to worry about getting over it since it will fall over once you start. So I would practice running as fast you can, dipping your shoulder and just plowing right through it.

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275 and a 2x4 plywood framed wall, you will not need to worry about getting over it since it will fall over once you start. So I would practice running as fast you can, dipping your shoulder and just plowing right through it.

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My best straightforward answer, and one that has been mentioned:
Run at the wall, don't sprint or you'll faceplant, but run and step up onto the wall about three feet high with one foot. With your foot there grab the top and pull yourself toward the wall. Once you do this your waist should be near the top, lean over and "roll" over. Hold onto the top or you will fall down the other side.
Yes, do this. Best method. Trust me.
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275 and a 2x4 plywood framed wall, you will not need to worry about getting over it since it will fall over once you start. So I would practice running as fast you can, dipping your shoulder and just plowing right through it.

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I'm sure they'd love that
Actually I was kinda worried about that truth be told. Might not happen on the obstacle course (i'm sure they have it nicely braced) but if I am ever expected to jump some wooden fence down here they rot really fast and I'd probably go right through it.
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run at it
jump and grab the top lip with both hands, planting first foot (whichever one you are most comfortable doing this with) on the wall
put second foot above first foot, then simultaneously pull with your arms and push with your foot.
plant first foot on top of wall and jump.

basically, think rock climbing.
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My best straightforward answer, and one that has been mentioned:
Run at the wall, don't sprint or you'll faceplant, but run and step up onto the wall about three feet high with one foot. With your foot there grab the top and pull yourself toward the wall. Once you do this your waist should be near the top, lean over and "roll" over. Hold onto the top or you will fall down the other side.
I did this test and passed doing it this way. EXCEPT! As you roll over the wall, (depending upon which side your feet go over - if your feet go to the right, use your right hand) put your hand about a foot and a half down from the top edge on the new side of the wall as you come down. This will help you to avoid slamming into it as you come down and give you more control for your landing. Your hand/arm act as a "spring".

In a real pursuit situation, you have no idea what you will be landing on. There could be a massive junk pile on the other side of the fence and your hand will help you to push off the wall to land further from the fence.
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