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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!

Exceptional Hurdling Tips from a World Class Coach!

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

Vince Anderson, from the back-to-back-to-back NCAA National Championship staff at Texas A&M, walks you through how to set up, and train an effective hurdle approach. Coach Anderson will show you how to utilize discount hurdles properly. These techniques will help you adjust for any skill level, and help the athlete achieve confidence, and proper setup for the hurdles.


Use coaching marks and take off marks to judge your hurdlers approach. These will help you clear the hurdle faster and more efficiently.

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!

Lower Your Time in the Next Hurdling Event!

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

World Renown Sprints/Hurdles Coach Vince Anderson has coached over 32 All-Americans & 4 event NCAA Champions. Develop technically sound and fast hurdlers using his coaching philosophy and drill progressions. Here you will see Coach Anderson lay out great concepts on speed hurdling.


During the speed development segment the hurdles are discounted to reflect the time of year to help increase speed between the hurdles.

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!

Get Exceptional Practice Ideas to Improve Hurdlers!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Monday, October 22, 2012

Listen to advice from American Collegiate record holder in the 55M hurdles, Kim Carson.  She currently is on the track coaching staff at Depaul University.  As a coach and an athlete, Carson, has well rounded background to provide great instruction for all aspects of competing in hurdles.  Coach Carson gives you the tools to develop the ability to maintain form and speed from the middle of the race to the last hurdle.  While the ability to develop drills and workouts for a practice is important, we have to remember that it is the day-in, day-out effort over the season that makes a great athlete.

Coach Carson offers some interesting ideas on how to finish strong, including the fact that you must take into account different motivational factors from practice to meet settings, and how to incorporate that into your workouts.

One of the advantages of a seasoned coach or athlete is their ability to see the big picture.  With that in mind Coach Carson offers up ideas on how to teach skills to your athletes in the proper manner, how to plan and design practices, and how to properly set up your workouts.

Check out an additional clip from the product page of “World Class 100M Hurdles.”  See high quality Hurdles DVDs and other Track & Field DVDs from our huge video library!


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