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Work on the High Jump with Cliff Rovelto!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, May 1, 2015

USA Track & Field master coach Cliff Rovelto presents three drills that train athletes to be better high jumpers. These drills will improve the penultimate step and ability of athletes to be quick off their feet.

Circle Popoffs, Hurdle Popoffs, and Penultimate Leg Strengthening


Drill Summary: For the circle popoffs, athletes run in a circle with a diameter of about fifteen yards. On every other step, execute a popoff. After doing that for a few times, run in the circle and do a popoff on every step. Make sure to do this in both directions to work both sides of the body. For hurdle popoffs, place four hurdles on their sides, about 4-5 feet apart in a line. Athletes jump over every hurdle, working on getting flat-footed contact and being quick off their feet. Finally, for the penultimate leg strengthening drill, athletes start down in a low position in front of the pit and bar with their penultimate leg forward while holding a rod on the back of their shoulders. To execute a rep, the athlete steps through, making sure to keep their low leg parallel to the ground.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Quick on your feet.
2) Flat-footed contact.
3) Shoulders should be square.
4) Chest out.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Cliff Rovelto’s Complete Guide to the High Jump.” View other world class Track & Field videos!




Improve Your Landing to Increase Your Distance

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Kansas State Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, Cliff Rovelto, shares a drill that teaches athletes how to have an active landing rather than a passive landing. Coach Rovelto explains how proper landing technique can prevent injuries and extend your jump six to eight inches.

Teaching the Landing

Setup: The athlete places a chair in the long jump pit and sits in it. The athlete sits in the position where the upper body is vertical, the legs are extended as much as possible. The toes are dorsiflexed and the arms are alongside the hips. The athlete then drives the arms and hips forward. Once the heels make contact with the sand, the athlete lift the legs, rather than letting the feet dig into the sand. The coach is behind holding the chair, and pulling it out as the athlete drives forward.

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD Mega Drills for the Horizontal Jumps.  To view more track & field videos from America’s top coaches and athletes, click here.




Improve Sprints/Hurdles with the Under Forward Shot Throw Drill!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Friday, August 1, 2014

Kansas State University Head Track and Field Coach, Cliff Rovelto, shows us a great Under Forward Shot Throw Drill which works on hip activation, a key element in the start of sprint/hurdle events. This is a great drill to teach both hip activation and the importance of multi-throw training in your program.

Under Forward Shot Throw

Coach Rovelto starts the drill off by explaining the importance of multi-throw training in the sprint/hurdle events and any power events. This drill can be done all year and in any gym (with medicine balls) or track complex to help give greater meaning to importance of hip activation during any sprint/hurdle event.

Watch and learn more from Championship Productions’ DVD “Mega Drills for the Sprints and Hurdles.” View other world class Track videos!

 




Learn a Great Drill to Work on Your Max Velocity!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Sunday, June 1, 2014

Cliff Rovelto has experience working with elite athletes and knows what it takes to build championship hurdlers and sprinters. You will learn a great drill for working on max velocity, which helps you maintain form in the later part of the sprint/hurdle events. The athlete will perform an “A” Run with his arms extended over his head.

“A” Run with Arms Extended Overhead

The reason for the arms to be extended overhead is to force the athlete to stand tall when performing the “A” Run. The athlete is staying tall and applying force into the ground with his feet. This drill can be modified for younger athletes by using a medicine ball instead of a bar.

Watch and learn more from this Championship Productions’ DVD “Mega Drills for the Sprints and Hurdles.” Take a look at additional Track & Field videos on Hurdles.




Understand the Importance in Jump Training for the Hurdles!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Thursday, May 1, 2014

Kansas State University Head Track and Field Coach Cliff Rovelto shows us a great series of drills for working on dorsiflexion, which is a key element in the sprint/hurdle events. You will see how to perform a forward double leg hop over a series of 4” banana hurdles. During this exercise, the athlete is staying tall and applying force into the ground with his feet.

Double Leg Hop Drills

These drills can be done all year and in any gym or track complex.

Watch and learn more from this Championship Productions’ DVD “Mega Drills for the Sprints and Hurdles.” Take a look at additional Track & Field videos on Hurdles.




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