A fun drill for athletes to use to practice their jumping technique is the “Circle Pops Drill” from University of Arkansas assistant coach, Travis Geopfert. High jumpers will target their explosion off the surface of the ground and work on executing a quick takeoff to maximize height.
Drill Summary: Set up two hurdles about ten yards away from each other, facing the same direction (the sides of the hurdles should be in a line). One by one, athletes take turns running around in a circle and jumping over the hurdles while running in the circle. The focus of the drill is on staying in a lean before jumping and getting off the ground quickly. Go around the circle twice, then have the next athlete begin their rep.
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John Ridgway, Central Michigan University throws coach, uses the “Rotation Drill” to work on the balance of his discus throwers. By staying on the ball of their feet and having their body move as one unit, athletes will learn how to set up a solid base for every time they launch the discuss.
Drill Summary: Athletes progress from a quarter turn, to a half turn, to a 360 degree turn, to a 450 degree turn in this drill progression. In all four turns, the proper technique includes beginning in a balanced position with weight evenly distributed over both legs. Next, turn the left leg and have it lead the turn before transferring balance onto it. As the athlete starts to turn, their left side should be locked in and their body should move as a unit.
Keys to the Drill:
2) Chest up.
3) Shoulders level.
4) Move as a unit.
Peter Rea, Elite Athlete Coach and Coordinator at the ZAP Fitness Team USA Training Center, has athletes execute two 400s at 10k effort to warm them up for further distance training. The gear changing and tempo work within this workout will prepare runners to perform at peak potential.
Drill Summary: Before a workout, coaches mark off a 400 meter course for athletes to run. Athletes run the course at a 10k tempo and don’t worry about timing it. Between the 400s, athletes are given a short rest. Work on changing gears at different points of the run to prepare the body for e tempo-based workout.
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If you’re not already training the rollover start technique, you’re costing yourself valuable time in your sprints! Adrian Wheatley, University of Illinois assistant coach, teaches his sprinters to wait until they feel their ankle to roll over, then push into the ground and take off.
Drill Summary: For the first progression, have the athlete start in the set position with their knee over their ankle. From there, have them slowly roll their body forward and push back into the track to take off. Do 4-6 reps.
For the second progression, do the same method as listed above, but start in a four point stance instead. Always make sure the athlete rolls forward and doesn’t push off too early or too late.
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Texas State University head coach, Dana Boone, helps athletes improve their acceleration by perfecting their body position when running. By leaning forward and pushing down into the track, runners will be able to use their legs to spring forward quicker on the track.
Drill Summary: The first drill in this acceleration series is the “Wall Push.” To execute the Wall Push, the runner leans against a wall and lines up their body from their head to their heels. To begin, they lift their left leg up, then push back down into the ground under their hip. Remember to keep the knees flexed and toes pointed up.
The second drill is the “Wall Walk Up,” which works on transitioning from acceleration into a full sprint. The motion is the same as the Wall Push, except the athlete takes gradual steps forward until their body is perpendicular with the ground.
The third and final drill is “Wall Switches.” In it, the coach calls out a leg to lift up first, and the athlete alternates lifting legs from there on out every time the coach says “switch.”
Keys to the Drill:
1) Knees should be flexed.
2) Runner should be on their toes.
3) Push back into the ground.
4) Maintain a good stance.
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