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Lower Your Times When Using these Excellent Hurdling Tips!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, September 20, 2013

As a sprint and relay coach at the University of Arkansas, Doug Case, understands what it takes to be a great hurdler and how to develop specific skills. The lead leg drill will give you a good idea of how to get over the hurdle without getting your foot blocked. The trail leg drill helps you pull your trail leg through, flat over the hurdle.

Hurdling is about setting a rhythm, so with all hurdler drills it is key to set a good rhythm for your steps and motions.

Gain more insight and an additional video clip from, Arkansas Track and Field Presents Common Errors and Corrections Men’s Hurdles. Discover other great Arkansas Track and Field Series videos apart of our large Track & Field DVD collection!




Learn How to Build Speed and Confidence in Your Hurdlers!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, August 23, 2013

Discover hurdle specific warm up drills from University of Arkansas Assistant Coach, Doug Case. The Overbacks and Side Steps work on keeping hips high and driving the knees up. These exercises will allow your athletes to clear the hurdles with more confidence and speed.

Try to avoid landing with the same foot twice in a row.

Gain more insight and an additional video clip from, Arkansas Track and Field Presents Common Errors and Corrections Men’s Hurdles. Discover other great Track & Field Digital Video Downloads apart of our large Track & Field DVD collection!




Dynamic Stretching Drills for a Proper Hurdles Warm Up!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, August 23, 2013

Kansas Hurdles Coach, Elisha Brewer, discusses the importance of Dynamic Stretches and how each stretch contributes to the flexibility of hurdling. While each event in track and field requires some level of flexibility, the hurdles are the one running event that puts your body in it’s most unnatural position, thus requiring the need to be flexible. Coach Brewer discusses how each movement increases flexibility necessary to become a successful hurdler.

The drills begin with some basic & movements that are directly related to hurdle movements and progress to some more complex movements that focus more on stretching out the lower back and hamstrings. She begins with “High Knee Pulls” which focuses directly on stretching the lower back and hamstrings, two parts of the body where flexibility are key to become a successful hurdler. From here she rolls right into the “Groin Stretch”, “Hip Circles”, and the “Heel/Toe Walk.”

Gain more insight and an additional video clip from, Becoming a Champion: Hurdles for Girls’ Track & Field. Discover other great Hurdle DVDs apart of our large Track & Field DVD collection!




Dynamic Stretching Exercises to Maximize Athlete’s Movements!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, July 19, 2013

Dynamic stretches represent the movements that focus on stretching the muscle/movement as well as strengthening the muscle/movement. University of Kansas Assistant Coach, Elisha Brewer, discusses the importance of Dynamic Exercises and how each movement contributes to the strength needed to become a championship hurdler. During the “Fire Hydrant” exercise you can really see and feel how the athletes has to use their hips, core and glutes to maximize this movement.

When you look at a hurdler’s movement, it’s clear that the presence of strength and coordination are needed to perform this event. If you can for a moment, please visualize a hurdler going over a hurdle in an upright position: now keep that same movement in mind as you observe the two athletes in this section perform the “Fire Hydrant.” You should be able to see how both movements work in tandem with one another thus playing to the strength component of hurdling. Coach Brewer’s finest point about the “Fire Hydrant” is that you need to keep your upper body flat, your core is engaged and your focus is on the hip, groin and glutes rather than any upper body movement.

Gain more insight and an additional video clip from, Becoming a Champion: Hurdles for Girls’ Track & Field. Discover other great Hurdle DVDs  apart of our large Track & Field DVD collection!




Improve Your Times with These World Class Hurdle Drills!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, March 22, 2013

Back-to-Back-to-Back Men’s & Women’s NCAA Champions (2011, 2010, 2009) at Texas A & M have achieved such success because of coaches like Vince Anderson.  The philosophy for hurdlers is that they are SPRINTERS FIRST! He recommends that you should have the same number of days concentrating on speed development as you do on hurdle technique. However, to be realistic, hurdling does require timing and skill development all its own. A hurdler has a limited amount of space and time to continue to build or maintain speed. In order to develop the skill of quickly building speed, Coach Anderson uses two “Frequency Drills.”

The first is a “Dribble Run”. In this drill, the athlete will increase the tempo of their step in three segments, of about 10 meters apiece. The first segment, the athlete will “Step over their calf” as quickly as possible. The second segment , the athlete will “Step over their crew sock”, increasing the tempo, and in the third segment, they will “Step over their ankle”. This increases the tempo and quickness of the workout progressively.

The second exercise is a “Fast Leg Drill”, where the athlete will work on accelerating. Again, using three segments, the athlete starts out with a 4’ stride length, then goes to 4’3, then to 4’6 in our example. The exercise could begin with 18 strides, and move as far out as 21 strides. The developmental level of your athletes will determine how far your athletes will want to go as they begin this drill. The main point of the exercise is to work quickness of the feet while accelerating.

View an additional clip from Texas A&M Track & Field Series – Drills and Progressions for Championship Sprint Hurdles.  See what other Hurdling DVDs we have in our world class Track & Field DVD collection!




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