I pole-vaulted in junior high. I was never that good at it. But there is quite a rush when all the pieces come together ... the run, the plant, the lift and turn, and the roll of the body over the bar.Pole vaulting takes a *lot* of upper-body strength. The run and plant is just the start of it. The rest is the upper body flexing the pole and getting the body into position so at the very end the body can be thrown *up* and over the bar. The world's best vaulters have poles well short of the bar height. The rest is the athlete using his/her strength and technique to get the rest.