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Maximize Distance with Effective Discus Training!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, May 24, 2013

One of the hardest tasks of any coach is teaching the beginning discus thrower the proper technique. In this video, Texas A&M Assistant Coach, Juan De La Garza, provides you with insight on an important part of discus throwing, including positioning footwork and the body for maximum effect.   De Le Garza shows you how to perform the windup correctly before the release.

Here Coach De La Garza emphasizes that the base of the wind is on proper positioning of the foot.  While the right foot remains stable as a base, the left foot acts as your pivot.  Your athlete should be on the ball of the foot.  Emphasis is placed on the heel being lifted, but not high off the ground.  It remains low.  The knee should be advanced out in front of the toe, and the athlete should feel pressure on their thigh.  The upper body winds to a point where there is elastic tension, in other words, where it will naturally want to unwind…this will help provide the energy for the throw.

Check out this world class DVD, Texas A&M Track & Field Series – Drills and Progressions for Championship Discus, to view another excellent instructional clip.  See what other Discus DVDs we have in our expansive Track & Field DVD collection.




Top-Notch Throwing Progressions for the Javelin!

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

Watch and learn how you can improve your javelin throws with former All-American and current Texas A&M Assistant Coach, Juan De La Garza.  Coach Garza walks you through a javelin progression that is used for a throwing warm up.  These exercises help reinforce the proper body position leading into throwing the implement as well as developing the impulse step.

See several exceptional drills in this segment.

Check out this world class DVD, Texas A&M Track & Field Series – Drills and Progressions for Championship Javelin, to view another excellent instructional clip.  See what other Javelin Throw DVDs we have in our expansive Track & Field DVD collection.




15 Exceptional Strength Training Exercises for Throwers!

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

Former All-American Javelin Thrower and current Texas A & M throws coach, Juan De La Garza, gives you medicine ball circuit training that contains 15 different exercises. This circuit would be appropriate for all throwers, regardless of event.

Moving quickly between exercises, he recommends athletes do 10-15 reps of each of the following exercises in pairs with a medicine ball (weight would depend on the size and skill of your individual athletes). Be sure to work both sides of the body with exercises, such as the Hip Toss, which concentrates on one side of the body or one arm. This circuit drill is an excellent way to involve a large number of athletes, build team spirit, and develop full body conditioning.

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




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