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Train Pole Vaulters to Swing Correctly!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Saturday, August 1, 2015

Indiana State University assistant coach, Jeff Martin, discusses what it takes to execute a perfect swing and presents a couple useful training drills for this crucial step of pole vaulting. Achieving a fast and smooth swing will help pole vaulters generate more upward momentum in each rep.

The Swing

Drill Summary: To practice the swing, athletes will complete both a one arm swing and a two arm swing. For both swings, the athlete runs down the runway, plants the pole and performs a long, sweeping motion with their trail leg. As they raise off the ground, the athlete focuses on getting their hips above their shoulders as they come down and land on their backside.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Long, sweeping motion.
2) Hips above shoulders.
3) Imagine there’s a ball on the pit and kick it off.
4) Never throw your head back – keep it in a neutral position.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Curriculum Guide to the Pole Vault.” View other world class Track & Field videos!

Find the Strengths and Weaknesses of Your Breaststroke!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Saturday, August 1, 2015

Five time Big Ten champion head coach, Ray Looze, presents a breaststroke drill that will help you figure out if the weakness of your stroke is the pull or kick. By comparing this drill to fast 100 breaststroke swims, you’ll be able to target what to work on in practice.

Kick Pull Swimming

Drill Summary: For this drill, the swimmer does 25 meters of just breaststroke kicking, does a flip turn, then does 25 meters of pulling with a dolphin kick. When they return to the wall, they once again perform a flip turn, then swim down and back using a full breaststroke.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Championship Stroke Breakdown Series: Breaststroke Breakdown.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!

Gain Control with Dan Gable’s “Lifting Drill!”

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Saturday, August 1, 2015

Former University of Iowa head coach, Dan Gable, presents a drill that helps wrestlers work on lifting their opponent off the mat. This exercise will help athletes learn to maintain control of their opponent, which can be especially important for heavier weights that rely more on riding time.

Lifting Drill

Drill Summary: From a conventional starting position, the wrestler on top picks up the bottom wrestler, then puts them back down onto the mat. Repeat this 4-6 times in a row, also working on jamming into the wrestler on the mat to prevent them from coming back up. Be careful during this drill, as there is a high injury risk involved.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Gable Coached Partner Workout.” View other world class Wrestling videos!


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