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Build Strength and Technique for the High Jump!

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

Sheldon Blockburger, University of Arizona assistant coach, has coached five National Champions in the jumps and multi-events. You’ll learn two drills from Coach Blockburger in this video that’ll encourage your high jumpers to leap straight into the air and get the maximum amount of height on each jump.

Strength Technique Drills

Drill Summary: In front of the high jump pit, stand another pit on its side and have a coach hold it in place. The athlete works on their power, strength, knee drive and jumping straight up onto the pit on its side. Focus on loading the penultimate leg and landing on top of the pit. Once the athlete has mastered jumping onto the pit, have them begin to lay out and slide across the sideways pit to practice laying out over the bar. After clearing the sideways pit, they can tumble into the high jump pit to complete the drill.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Mega Drills High Jump.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at!

Build Neck Strength and Flexibility in Wrestlers!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Gary Calcagno, Oklahoma State wrestling strength and conditioning coach, takes a wrestler through the “Neck Series” in this short video. You’ll see a simple exercise that can be used to increase the strength and flexibility of any wrestler’s neck, which will benefit them on the mat.

Neck Series

Drill Summary: A bench and a towel are needed to do this exercise. The wrestler begins by laying on their side on the bench with their shoulders just off the end. First, the coach stretches the wrestler’s neck by pulling up and pushing down on the athlete’s head gently. Next, put the towel on top of the wrestler’s head and provide resistance as the wrestler moves their head up. Once their head has moved up, push down on the athlete’s head while the wrestler resists. Do 10 reps. Use the same method with the wrestler on their back, their other side, and their stomach. Be gentle to avoid injury, especially when the athlete is on their back (that’s when they’re most vulnerable).

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Training for Power and Explosiveness.” Browse through other world class Wrestling videos at Championship!

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Develop Sprinter Strength Using Sleds!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, November 1, 2015

A great way to build power and explosiveness in your sprinters is to have them work out using a sled. In this clip, Ft. Worth Country Day High School head coach, Mark Brady, explains how sled training can be used in a sprinter’s workout regimen to enhance their speed on the track.

Strength: Sleds

Drill Summary: The sprinter straps into a sled and works on running while pulling the added weight. Coach Brady starts runners with 15 pounds and gradually works them up to 45 pounds, at most.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Brings knees up, not down.
2) Hammer back with the arms and keep thumbs in the hip pocket.
3) Keep the body upright.
4) Hold acceleration position and maintain mechanics.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “High School Coach’s Blueprint for Success: Sprints.” View other world class Track & Field videos!


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