By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, March 1, 2015
The extra space between the second and third hurdles in the “3-Step 5-Step 3-Step Drill” allows the athlete to sprint faster than they’re usually able to. This is why University of Arkansas assistant coach Doug Case uses the drill – to train his athletes how to handle the hurdles at overspeed.
3-Step 5-Step 3-Step Drill
Drill Summary: Set up four hurdles. The distance between the first and second hurdles should allow for a proper 3-step interval, followed by a 5-step interval between the second and third hurdles, and one more 3-step gap between the third and fourth hurdles. The athlete takes off on the coach’s command, focusing on reaching top speed during the 5-step interval so they can learn to hurdle running slightly faster than their usual pace.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Be very fast on the 5-step portion.
2) Step down quickly with the lead leg going over the hurdles.
3) Pull the trail leg through on a flat plane.
4) Develop a rhythm.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, February 1, 2015
Teach your hurdlers how to explode out of the blocks with this drill progression from Colorado State University assistant coach Karim Abdel Wahab. Coach Wahab wants runners to come out of the blocks with their body on one line through the knees, hips, shoulders and ears.
Acceleration Progression for Hurdlers
Drill Summary: Runners begin the progression with the lean and catch, where they practice keeping their body in line to get the feel for the proper position out of the blocks. Next, runners get on their knees and practice their arm separation, focusing on getting big separation between both elbows. Finally, both techniques are combined in the post up movement simulation.
By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Thursday, January 1, 2015
Florida State University Assistant Coach, Ken Harnden, shows the setup and coaching points for one of the most common trail and lead leg drills, the fence hurdle drill. Coach Harnden explains the correct body posture and knee/foot mechanics for correctly drilling lower body hurdle mechanics.
By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Monday, December 1, 2014
Florida State University Assistant Coach (Sprints), Ken Harnden, explains a hurdle form and technique drill called the Five Step Drill. This drill could be utilized during any training phase of the season and used to develop lead leg, trail leg or complete hurdling.
Five Step Drill
Set-up for this drill is minimal with only 4 – 6 hurdles needed and markings for competition hurdle placement depending on the gender and age of the hurdlers. Once hurdles are correctly placed, hurdle height is then set three inches below that of race height.
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.