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Learn a Skill Development Phase for the Hurdles!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, May 1, 2016

Karim Abdel Wahab, Colorado State University assistant coach and member of the Egyptian Olympic Games coaching staff, explains a phase of his fall training for the hurdles. The video outlines exactly what male and female hurdlers do in the first phase of the fall training plan.

Fall Training: Skill Development Phase 1

Drill Summary: The first phase begins with both male and female hurdlers starting in a standing position, getting a 7-8 step start and jumping over three hurdles in a five step pattern. You can progress by adding one or two more hurdles to the drill, as well as making it a three step interval instead of five. For men, hurdle height should be 39” with 11.4M spacing on five step hurdles, and for the women hurdles should be 20” with 10.4M spacing. For the three step pattern, the men should have 7.9M between hurdles and the women should have 7.3M spaces.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Curriculum Guide for the Hurdles.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Discover How to Hold the Discus!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, May 1, 2016

University of Buffalo assistant coach and 30 year high school coaching veteran, Jim Garnham, presents the proper way to hold a discus. The ultimate success of an athlete’s throws begin with their grip, making the way they grab the discus of utmost importance before beginning their motion.

Holding the Discus

Drill Summary: Coach Garnham says holding the discus at your side should be like carrying a suitcase in your hand. The discus should rest in your hand on the first knuckles on your fingers and your palm should be somewhere in the middle of the ring. You’ll know you’re holding the discus right if you can move it around with you hand on top of it and the centrifugal force keeps it in your hand.

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

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Lengthen All Phases of Your Triple Jump!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, May 1, 2016

Travis Geopfert, University of Arkansas assistant coach and two-time USTFCCCA National Coach of the Year, shows you a drill that will improve all phases of the triple jump. By placing boxes on the runway, you’ll force athletes to lengthen their strides and increase their effort.

Advanced Approach Drill

Drill Summary: Place two sets of boxes on the runway where athletes would complete the first two jumps of their triple jump. The goal is for athletes to jump off the first box on their right leg, jump onto the second box on their right leg, land off the second box on their left leg and explode into the finish. As athletes get better at the drill, you can increase the speed and distance between boxes. Coach Geopfert says this drill is for advanced athletes only and it’s important to provide them with enough of a platform to land on.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Arkansas Track and Field Presents Common Errors and Corrections Triple Jump.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Improve the Starts and Posture of Sprinters!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, May 1, 2016

Long recognized as one of the top sprint coaches in the sport, University of Florida head track & field coach, Mike Holloway, believes speed comes through relaxation. Coach Holloway teaches you a start drill and a posture drill that will help your sprinters run faster during competition.

Start Drill & Posture

Drill Summary: In Coach Holloway’s start drill, athletes start in a typical start position on the ground with their arms straight down and their head down. The drill’s goal is to target the sweeping of the hands from the blocks. To execute the drill, the athlete sweeps their hands, one forward and one back, then falls forward and catches themselves. In Coach Holloway’s posture drill, he has athletes relax and swing their arms freely, which prevents their back from getting locked up.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “25 Tips & Drills for the Sprint Events.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Develop Balance to Become a Better Distance Runner!

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

Zap Fitness strength coach and steeplechase finalist at the 2009 USATF Championships, Ryan Warrenburg, has athletes complete a single leg balance exercise at the beginning and end of every core and strength workout. This exercise is so important because runners are constantly on one foot.

Single Leg Balance

Drill Summary: Athletes stand on one foot for 30 seconds. As they stand, they can challenge themselves by doing various arm movements to shift their center of balance. Beginners to this exercise can start on the ground, but as athletes get better at it, they can move on to completing the drill on a bosu ball and even with their eyes closed. Make sure to work on both feet equally and keep shoulders over hips and hips over feet.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Zap Fitness: Proven Training Methods for Distance Running Success.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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