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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!

Learn to Sprint the Jamaican Way!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Monday, August 6, 2012

See world class sprinting instruction from Jamaican National Track & Field Team Head Coach, Maurice Wilson.   He coached the Jamaican National team during their successful campaign at the 2012 London Olympic games.  The titles of these Track & Field DVDs are:

Sprint Training the Jamaican Way

  • Comprehensive training program includes drills for developing sprint strength and power
  • Macrocycle and microcycle seasonal plan breakdowns
  • Add finishing power to your 100s and 200s
  • Maurice Wilson: Jamaican National Track & Field Team Assistant Coach (Sprints)

Sprinting the Jamaican Way: Drills for Speed and Technique

  • Get sprint mechanics, reaction drills, start drills, strength drills, blocks basics and drills and much more
  • Drills for every phase of successful sprinting
  • Discover the key component to Jamaican sprinting
  • Maurice Wilson: Jamaican National Track & Field Team Assistant Coach (Sprints)

Sprinting the Jamaican Way: Relay Technique, Drills & Strategies

  • Drills for every phase of the relay
  • Step by step drill progression for perfecting the push pass
  • Strategies for putting together the “complete” relay
  • Improve your relay performance in the heat of competition
  • Maurice Wilson: Jamaican National Track & Field Team Assistant Coach (Sprints)

Purchase these three DVDs together as the Sprinting the Jamaican Way Series and save $15!

New Track DVDs featuring Clyde Hart!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Monday, February 27, 2012

Our newest Track & Field DVDs feature Clyde Hart.  He is the Baylor University Director of Track and Field and has experience coaching Olympic Champions!  Take a look at his new Track & Field DVDs called:

Coaching Championship Sprint Relays

  • Create great relay teams with average sprinters!
  • Learn the dos & don’ts for 4×100, 4×200, and 4×400 relay success
  • Learn to explain and demonstrate the proper technique for exchanges
  • Clyde Hart has coach 20 National Championship relay teams
  • Coaching Your Athletes to Be Their Very Best

  • Motivate your athletes to achieve their very best
  • Customize Hart’s outstanding, proven training philosophies to fit your program
  • Establish workout and meet routines for your athletes that work for them
  • Create your own athlete-centered coaching philosophy
  • If you like these products, check out more Clyde Hart instruction below:

    Clyde Hart’s 200/400M Sprint Training Program
    Clyde Hart’s Speed Development for Track & Field


    Purchase all 4 DVDs in this post and save $40!

    Clyde Hart 4-Pack


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