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Discover Proper Takeoff Technique for the High Jump!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

One of the most crucial aspects of clearing the bar on the high jump is taking off from the correct location. Gary Pepin, University of Nebraska head track coach, shows you the optimal takeoff locations for both males and females before explaining the body position and angles that lead to great jumps.

The Takeoff

Drill Summary: The ideal takeoff position for males and females is different. For females, the distance they should typically jump from is about 18″ to 36″ away from the crossbar. For males, the distance is about 36″ to 60″. The foot plant itself should be even with the standard or up to 18″ inside it. When taking off, look to drive the plant leg flat footed into a position where the rest of the body doesn’t go back down again (the athlete should already be compressed and ready to spring up). Keep the angle of the plant leg as straight as possible and explode up and over the bar.

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

Learn a Medicine Ball Routine Designed for Distance Runners!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Grinnell College head track & field and cross country coach, William Freeman, presents a medicine ball workout focused on increasing the effectiveness of your distance runners. Athletes will increase their core strength, body rotation and flexibility with the drills in Coach Freeman’s workout.

Medicine Ball Routine #1

Drill Summary: The exercises in the routine include: standing overhead throws, hip catch-n-toss, partner exchange, sit up catch-n-toss, squat chest throws, underhand toss for height, front loaders and trunk rotations.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Coaching High School Track & Field: Distance Running.” View other world class Track & Field videos!

Learn Stretching Exercises for Cross Country!

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

Kristy Popp, former assistant cross country coach at Iowa State University, runs a couple athletes through stretching exercises designed for long distance running. The stretches in this video are designed to help runners become more flexible and also avoid injuries.

Stretching & Flexibility

Drill Summary: There are three different stretches in this video that can be used after a cool down.

The first stretch is Groiners. The athlete sits on the ground with their knees bent and a little wider than their shoulders. In that position, they rotate their knees side to side, touching the ground (if they can) on every rep.

The second stretch is the Hurdle Trail Leg. For this exercise, find a fence or wall to hang on to. Face the fence/wall and act as if one of your legs is going over a hurdle. Make sure to go both backward and forward over the hurdle and work both legs.

The final stretch is Leg Swings. Use the wall/fence to anchor yourself, and swing your leg back and forth as well as side to side.


This video came from Championship Productions’ video “How to Build a Championship Cross Country Program.” View other world class Track & Field videos!

Develop Sprinter Strength Using Sleds!

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

A great way to build power and explosiveness in your sprinters is to have them work out using a sled. In this clip, Ft. Worth Country Day High School head coach, Mark Brady, explains how sled training can be used in a sprinter’s workout regimen to enhance their speed on the track.

Strength: Sleds

Drill Summary: The sprinter straps into a sled and works on running while pulling the added weight. Coach Brady starts runners with 15 pounds and gradually works them up to 45 pounds, at most.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Brings knees up, not down.
2) Hammer back with the arms and keep thumbs in the hip pocket.
3) Keep the body upright.
4) Hold acceleration position and maintain mechanics.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “High School Coach’s Blueprint for Success: Sprints.” View other world class Track & Field 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!


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