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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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Use Accelerated Movement Drills for Sprints and Relays!

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

Director of Track & Field/Cross Country at the University of Iowa, Joey Woody, runs an athlete through a series of drills designed for the sprints and relays. Once these drills have been executed, athletes will know how their feet need to strike the ground to drive their body forward in a race.

Ankle Hops & Acceleration A Skip/March

Drill Summary: There are two main drills in this video.

Ankle Hops – Hop forward, working on hitting the ground, exploding up, and come back into a dorsi-flexed position in the air. It’s important to maintain a small bend in the knee, stay tall and pull the toes up. Coach Woody does this drill every day to strengthen athletes’ shins and ankles to be explosive. This drill can be done forward, backward and laterally.

Acceleration A Skip/March – Focus on swinging the leg from the hip and keeping your knee up in front. The march is in a walking motion (remember to swing arms and get the knees up) and the skip is at a faster pace that focuses on being active when the leg goes down into the ground.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Explode up.
2) Keep feet close together.
3) Swing the leg from the hip.
4) Keep your knee up in front.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Developing Speed & Power for Sprints, Relays and Hurdles.” View other world class Track & Field videos!




Toss Bowling Pins to Improve Your Discus Throw!

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

An innovative approach to teaching the discus throw is through the use of discus balls and bowling pins. Jim Garnham, University of Buffalo assistant coach, believes that throwing a bowling pin can create muscle memory for throwers and promote the proper mechanics for the discus event.

Discus Balls & Bowling Pins

Drill Summary: The athlete takes a discus ball and executes a wheel drill to throw the ball. After doing a few reps with the discus ball, switch to using a bowling pin. The bowling pin will keep the thrower’s arm extended and help them turn their lower body into the throw.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Work the lower body into the throw.
2) Don’t lift up on the throw.
3) Finish extended.
4) Body should face forward after rotating.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Teaching and Coaching the Discus Throw.” View other world class Track & Field videos!




Get Essential Weight Training Drills for Runners!

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

Norfolk Real Deal Track Club head coach and 2008 Nike Coach of the Year, Dwayne Miller, presents three weight lifting exercises for runners. In the clip, you’ll see two time Olympic Gold Medalist, LaShawn Merritt, demonstrate the lifts under direct supervision of Coach Miller.

Weight Training

Drill Summary: There are three exercises in this clip.

Power Clean – Coach Miller uses power cleans during the early season, about three times per week. Remember to drop the hips and keep the legs roughly shoulder-width apart. The power clean is a great exercise for total body strength and the core.

Squats – Keeps the hips strong. Keep the legs shoulder width apart and come up slow after squatting. Stay balanced. This drill stabilizes the hips and hamstrings.

Dumbbell Press – Coach Miller spends 50% of his workouts doing upper body work. The dumbbell press develops the shoulders and promotes faster arm movement for faster running. Do about three sets of 10 at a moderate weight.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Drop the hips, get them low (power clean).
2) Be quick to generate speed and power.
3) Keep your balance (squats).
4) Use a weight you can handle (dumbbell press).

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “World Class 400M Dash.” View other world class Track & Field videos!




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