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Improve the Starts and Posture of Sprinters!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, May 1, 2016

Long recognized as one of the top sprint coaches in the sport, University of Florida head track & field coach, Mike Holloway, believes speed comes through relaxation. Coach Holloway teaches you a start drill and a posture drill that will help your sprinters run faster during competition.

Start Drill & Posture

Drill Summary: In Coach Holloway’s start drill, athletes start in a typical start position on the ground with their arms straight down and their head down. The drill’s goal is to target the sweeping of the hands from the blocks. To execute the drill, the athlete sweeps their hands, one forward and one back, then falls forward and catches themselves. In Coach Holloway’s posture drill, he has athletes relax and swing their arms freely, which prevents their back from getting locked up.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “25 Tips & Drills for the Sprint Events.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Prepare Athletes for the Triple Jump!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, January 1, 2016

Jeremy Fischer, head coach and lead instructor at the Chula Vista High Performance Training Center, gives you five different drills for the triple jump that help prepare an athlete for competition. These drills are simple to complete, but can serve as a valuable tool to teach posture and technique.

Triple Jump Drills

Drill Summary: There are a variety of drills in this clip. The drills include: Knee Ups, 1-2-3 Drill, Vertical Push, Medium Bound, and Right Right Left / Left Left Right.

Keys to the Drills:

1) Get the thighs parallel to the ground (knee ups).
2) Aggressiveness as the foot goes into the ground (1-2-3 drill).
3) Flat foot on the ground (medium bound).
4) Push force into the ground vertically (right right left / left left right).

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “20 Drills & Techniques for Teaching the Triple Jump.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Find Your Center of Balance in the Water!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, January 1, 2016

In this drill from former Stanford University head women’s swimming coach and three time Olympic coach, Richard Quick, athletes execute a “tuck float” and a “dead man float” to improve their balance in the water. Once swimmers get comfortable with their center of balance, they can progress to swimming posture.

Tuck Float & Dead Man Float

Drill Summary: This video details a progression of exercises designed to improve swimmers’ ability to hold their breath and find their center of balance. Start with the tuck float, in which the swimmer gets in as tight of a tuck as possible (chin against chest, look for belly button, round your back, bring feet and head inside the ball) and just floats in the water. Don’t let any air out. After holding that position for about 15-30 seconds, come up for air.

Next, progress to a dead man float (let legs, arms and head relax). Completely relax in the water and let the water move you freely. After that, slowly bring your arms to just under the surface of the water. Bringing your arms up will naturally lift your legs to maintain balance. Once you’ve lifted your arms and legs, lock into good swimming posture and remember the balance point you’ve found with your lungs.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Posture, Line and Balance: The Foundation of Championship Winning Swimming.” Browse through other Swimming & Diving videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Be Ready for any Play with the Proper Posture!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Sunday, February 9, 2014

University of Illinois Women’s Head Coach, Kevin Hambly, uses his players to show you the proper “GO” Posture. Hambly demonstrates the “GO” Posture by starting with how to stand then how to move while maintaining this Posture.

Go Posture

Important things to remember are:

  • Align the knees with the ankles and the hips
  • Arms bent slightly and hanging down
  • Hips directly over the feet for minimum stress
  • Straight back with your head up

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An Essential Diving Technique for Leaving the Starting Block!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, September 27, 2013

12X NCAA Championship Coach, Richard Quick, starts this video with explanation on the starting block. Listen to discussion of the importance of correct posture, sight line, knee placement, and roll.

Remember to pick a hole in the water to aim for and make sure to dive down to the bottom of the pool.

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