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Learn Adrian Wheatley’s Exercises for Max Velocity!

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

Adrian Wheatley, sprints and hurdles coach at the University of Illinois, uses these exercises to prepare his athletes for max velocity training. Runners must be ready to put their bodies through rigorous training or they won’t be able to perform their best and risk succumbing to injury.

Max Velocity Drills

Drill Summary: In this video, there are seven different warm-up drills to be used before a sprinter goes through max velocity training. The drills include: toe taps, butt kicks, straight-leg shuffle, ankling, high knees, A-skip and backward run.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Toe taps: hit the ground on the ball of the foot.
2) Butt kicks: knees up, pull feet straight up.
3) Straight-leg shuffle: small shuffles, tall posture.
4) Ankling: relax the upper body.
5) High knees: shoulders stacked over the hip.
6) A-skip: tall posture, keep toes upright.
7) Backward run: reach long, open the hips.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Fundamental Drills and Mechanics for Successful Sprinting.” View other world class Track & Field 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.




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