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Perfect the Timing of the Breaststroke!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, November 1, 2015

One of the most important aspects of the breaststroke is timing. Ian Pope, Melbourne Vicentre Swimming Club head coach and Australian National Team coach, runs through a few of his favorite drills that focus on getting the arms, body and legs in sync while executing the breaststroke.

Breaststroke Timing

Drill Summary: Swimmers push off the wall and work on using a butterfly kick with sculling arms. Every time the hands sweep in, swimmers should take a breath. The hips should follow the rhythm of the body and the kick should be timed so that it whips the body forward in the water.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Ian Pope’s Swimming Down Under: Breaststroke.” View other world class Swimming & Diving videos!

Learn How to Execute a Whizzer!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, November 1, 2015

When a wrestler gets into a situation where the opponent is attacking a single leg, pulling off a whizzer is a great way to turn the tide. Jeff Buxton, former Blair Academy wrestling coach, demonstrates how he achieves a whizzer by putting pressure into his opponent and shifting over to grasp control.


Drill Summary: When your opponent has beat your hands and has their head up on the way to a single leg, get your whizzer hand and pull up on their shoulders while leaning in and applying pressure back into the opponent. Next, draw your leg back and square up over top of the opponent’s head. Push the opponent’s head down, then get to their back leg and crunch them up. Finally, walk around and knock them to their back or over the top.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “All Access Blair Academy Wrestling Practice.” View other world class Wrestling videos!

Discover Frequency Drills for Hurdlers!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, November 1, 2015

Vince Anderson, Texas A&M University assistant track coach, shows you three frequency drills that he uses to train the Aggies’ hurdlers. These exercises will improve the technique of your athletes while also improving their foot speed as related to the hurdles.

Frequency Drills

Drill Summary: There are two frequency drills in this video. The first is the “Dribble Run,” in which athletes work on their recovery between hurdles for 30 yards. For the first 10 yards, hurdlers run forward and work on bringing their feet up and “stepping over” their calves. For the next 10 yards, they step over their crew socks, and for the last 10 yards they step over their ankles. The second frequency drill is the “Fast Leg Drill.” In this drill, athletes work on increasing their stride length every two steps. Coach Anderson places pieces of tape on the track that are at customized distances between each piece for each athlete. The goal is to stride out and hit every piece of tape (18-27 pieces).


This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Texas A&M Track & Field Series – Drills and Progressions for Championship Sprint Hurdles.” View other world class Track & Field videos!

Throw Further with a Proper Grip & Release!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, November 1, 2015

University of Georgia throws coach, Don Babbit, teaches the correct grip and release needed to maximize shot put distance and develop muscle memory. The technique is demonstrated by Reese Hoffa, a two time Olympian and former world champion.

Grip & Release

Drill Summary: There are two drills in this video. In the first, the thrower grips the shot put in their throwing hand, holds it up with their other hand, and practices releasing the ball straight into the ground. The second drill is the same thing, except the thrower releases the ball straight into the air and lets it fall back into the ground.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Let the shot put rest in your hand. Don’t squeeze it.
2) The shot put should sit where the meat of the hand and the fingers meet.
3) Release should be off the three middle fingers.
4) Shot put shouldn’t have any rotation coming off the hand.

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


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