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Improve Form and Mechanics of Sprinters!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, February 1, 2016

University of Iowa director of track & field/cross country, Joey Woody, helped his team set seven school records in 2015. In this clip, Coach Woody presents a drill designed to work on the form and mechanics of athletes, putting emphasis on applying the foot in the proper position to generate rhythm.

Acceleration Line Drill

Drill Summary: Begin by starting in a 2 point position with the toe extended over the starting line on the track. Put weight over the front leg and start in a leaning position. To begin, fall forward into an acceleration position and begin running, gradually increasing stride distance down the track. Remember to use a low ankle recovery and keep the arms moving.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Foot position.
2) Rhythm.
3) Low ankle recovery.
4) Hip displacement.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Sprints & Relays Strategies and Training.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Work on High Jump Technique for the Top of the Bar!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, February 1, 2016

Jeremy Fischer, head coach and lead instructor at the Chula Vista High Performance Training Center, runs through a few drills that will help your high jumpers improve their technique at the top of the bar. Coach Fischer’s drills will improve back arch, core strength, and being patient over the bar.

Top of the Bar

Drill Summary: There are five drills in this video.

  1. Leg Press – Lay down with your back on the mat and the soles of your feet flat on the mat as well. Press up into a hold position and stay there for 2-3 seconds.
  2. Back Press – Get in the same position as the Leg Press, but put your hands next to your ears and push up with them while pushing up with your hips. Hold for 2-3 seconds and do 2-3 reps.
  3. Press, Jack Knife – From the hold position in the Back Press, jack knife into the mat. This exercise gets jumpers used to a falling feeling.
  4. Back Overs Onto Mat – Stand on the ground with your back facing the mat. Jump back onto the mat, arching your back, then lay there after landing for a couple seconds.
  5. Rock Backs Into Arch Position – Lay on the side of the mat with your upper body hanging off. Rock back with the assistance of a coach and hold that position for 2-3 seconds.

Keys to the Drills:

1) Solid back arch.
2) Hold the arched position.
3) Core strength.
4) Land correctly.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “20 Drills & Techniques for Teaching the High Jump.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Utilize Power Position for Further Shot Put Throws!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, February 1, 2016

In order to throw the shot put further than ever, the thrower must use correct technique, including the power position. Take it from University of Buffalo assistant coach Jim Garnham, who has over 45 years of experience coaching the shot put at the high school, college and national levels.

Power Position

Drill Summary: There are three phases of this drill. Phase 1 has the athlete simply begin with both of their feet forward and throw the shot put. Phase 2 moves on to dropping the foot that corresponds with your throwing hand back, then opening up with the hip before throwing the shot put. Finally, phase 3 is the complete power position. Set up at the front of the circle so the middle of your back foot lines up with the big toe of your front foot, then drop that foot straight back in the circle (this allows you to turn through on the throw). For the full power position progression, reach up with your lead arm, turn your hip through, keep the shot behind your back hip, bring in your lead arm and fire away.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Good posture.
2) Foot placement.
3) Hip turn.
4) Keep the shot behind your hip on the turn.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Teaching and Coaching Glide and Rotational Shot Put.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Learn a Lunge Series for Middle Distance Runners!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, February 1, 2016

Personal trainer Tom Green, a three year assistant coach responsible for 10 collegiate record holders, takes an athlete through a lunge series in this clip. The lunges are designed to create resistance in the core as the athlete tries to limit motion within their lumbar spine.

Lunge Series

Drill Summary: There are two lunge drills in this video. The demonstrators in the video use a six pound medicine ball, but Coach Green says you can use one as heavy as 10 pounds if you have a strong athlete on your team.

The first drill is the Forward Lunge w/ Rotation. The athlete grabs a medicine ball and lunges forward for 15 yards, rotating the ball to the side with every step. The focus is on core strength and avoiding movement in the lumbar spine.

The second drill is the backward lunge. In the drill, the athlete holds the medicine ball above their head and keeps a similar body position to the forward lunge while going backward (hip & torso alignment).

Keys to the Drills:

1) If in doubt, use a lighter medicine ball.
2) Core strength.
3) Avoid lumbar spine movement.
4) Hips & torso alignment.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “High Performance Drills for the Middle Distance Runner.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Prepare Athletes for the Triple Jump!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, January 1, 2016

Jeremy Fischer, head coach and lead instructor at the Chula Vista High Performance Training Center, gives you five different drills for the triple jump that help prepare an athlete for competition. These drills are simple to complete, but can serve as a valuable tool to teach posture and technique.

Triple Jump Drills

Drill Summary: There are a variety of drills in this clip. The drills include: Knee Ups, 1-2-3 Drill, Vertical Push, Medium Bound, and Right Right Left / Left Left Right.

Keys to the Drills:

1) Get the thighs parallel to the ground (knee ups).
2) Aggressiveness as the foot goes into the ground (1-2-3 drill).
3) Flat foot on the ground (medium bound).
4) Push force into the ground vertically (right right left / left left right).

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “20 Drills & Techniques for Teaching the Triple Jump.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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