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Many are familiar with lower body lifts such as the deep squat, lunge walk, and squat jump but it is easy to forget the reasons for doing each drill. Former Olympic jump coach, Irving Schexnayder, explains in-depth what he calls the lower body “full range of motion” exercises.
This sequence would benefit the track coach seeking to maximize their weight room time as well as any coach looking to develop power in their athletes.
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Clemson University Director of Track & Field, Lawrence Johnson, shows us a great block start drill using a medicine ball and a section of high jump mat. The athletes perform a double leg two-handed squat throw onto the high jump mat, simulating the explosive takeoff of a block start.
Several athletes are shown performing the drill and many coaching points are given. This is a great drill to isolate one of the basic power movements of the block start. Use this drill prior to outdoor practice or as a station in a med ball circuit during the general fitness phase of the season.