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Learn Posture and Position Techniques to Improve Your Sprinter’s Starts!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, October 18, 2013

In 2012, Mark Brady coached his team to a 5-A State Championship in Texas and has some great advice to offer your sprinters on their starts. It is important to be in a push position in the blocks and then rise to the vertical position after they start.

See how to develop great strength to remain in the starting push position longer throughout the beginning of the race.

Gain more insight and an additional video clip from, High School Coach’s Blueprint for Success: Sprints. Discover other great Sprints videos apart of our large Track & Field collection!

Improve Your Starts by Getting Off the Blocks Faster!

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

Here we feature drills by coach Maurice Wilson of the Jamaican National Track & Field Team Head Coach. Jamaica has a long tradition of sprinting success, all the way back to Olympic 200 champion Don Quarrie from 1976 to “the World’s Fastest Man” today in Usain Bolt. Critical to any success in the sprints will be the start. His use of drills and strength building at the high school level involves the same techniques and philosophies as the Jamaican Olympic teams.


Coach Wilson first determines how to determine leg placement in the blocks by use of a “fall and start” drill. This will determine your “quick leg”. The leg that comes forward to catch your fall will be the leg you will place in the front block. Next, Coach Wilson makes sure that the three command start is understood. Sometimes as coaches we forget that athletes may need to learn the very basics of the event. Coach Wilson stresses proper positioning and relaxation in the blocks. He then stresses the proper way to drive out of the blocks, staying low and with what he terms the “proper heel recovery.”

Gain more insight and an additional video clip from, Sprinting the Jamaican Way: Drills for Speed and Technique. Discover other great Sprints DVDs apart of our large Track & Field DVD collection!


Develop Proper Sprint Mechanics to Run Faster!

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

Texas A&M Head Coach, Pat Henry, is a recognized master at coaching the sprints. One of the things that makes a master coach is the ability to take a complex action, such as moving your body at maximum speed, and breaking that action down. It also is the sign of a master coach to be able to teach those points in a clear manner to other coaches and athletes. Many coaches are familiar with the “high knee” or “A-march” drill, but may not be aware of its importance for building correct sprint mechanics. For Coach Henry, in his own words…”This is where we start..” This drill develops the mechanics and posture needed for sprinting. Take a look at some special coaching points below the video:

1) The athlete needs to have an “ankle cocked” position. The “ankle cocked” position allows rebound and spring and proper form. “Toe –up” and “Ankle-Up” and even “Dorsi-flexed” are all cues to get the athlete to get the proper position. The foot should land under the knee, not be reaching forward.

2) Separation of the arms is important. By this Coach Henry means that the arms should be driving both forward and back. As a coach from the side you should be able to see both elbows as the athlete drives, one reaching forward, the other driving back. The arms are active, and from the front the motion you see should be backwards and forward, with little if any cross body action.

3) The athlete should be tall as they run. The body from the hips up is erect, with no or little lean forward and none backwards. A good coaching point in this series is that “the athlete should be two inches taller as they run.” Basically the extension of the legs into full position gives you this “tallness” in running.

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

Improve Your Athlete’s Sprint Mechanics for Better Race Results!

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

With 33 National Titles and stints as The U.S Men’s National team coach at the 2007 World Championships Coach Pat Henry has established himself as one of the who’s who in U.S Track and Field. Establishing drills such as the wicket drill have helped Coach Henry’s athletes develop Max Velocity Posture, and mechanics that have helped win Numerous NCAA Championships.

Coach Henry walks you through how to set up the wicket drill for both males and females, and for various experience levels.

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

Train Like an Olympic Gold Medalist in the 400M Dash!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Monday, December 24, 2012

Young runners often have trouble in terms of rhythm, positioning and strength, especially when starting a race. Dwayne Miller is a former Nike Coach of the Year, by USA Track & Field, and along with 2x Olympic Gold Medalist, LaShawn Merritt, will show you exercises using an Acceleration Ladder Stick Drill.

Sticks are placed on the track, starting with 3 feet between the first two sticks, then adding about 3 inches for each added stick (3’3 to 3’6 to 3’9 and so on). Coach Miller recommends the use of about 14 sticks. The purpose of the drill is to keep the runner low coming out of the start, and to develop rhythm and power coming out of the blocks. Concentrate on the use of the arms and create this strong rhythm.

Check out an additional clip from the product page of “World Class 400M Dash.” See high quality Sprints DVDs and other Track & Field DVDs from our huge video library!


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