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Break Down Steps Between Hurdles with Joey Woody!

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

Joey Woody, director of track & field at the University of Iowa and silver medalist at the 2003 World Championships, shows you two drills designed to develop rhythm in hurdlers. The 5-step and 3-step drills will encourage athletes to be consistent with their steps between hurdles.

5 Step Rhythm

Drill Summary: For the 5-step drill, line up three hurdles on the hurdle marks and have an athlete jump over each of them consecutively. Focus on having a smooth rhythm between hurdles and being active with the upper body over each hurdle. Coach Woody has his athletes do this drill with hurdles that are just below competition height, but they can also be done with hurdles as low as 12 inches for beginning hurdlers.

For the 3-step drill, push the hurdles in about 7-8 feet from the normal hurdle marks and have the athlete work on getting off the hurdle quickly.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Sprint and 400M Hurdle Technique & Training.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!




Learn a Track & Field Pre-Meet Warm-Up!

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

West Hancock High School (Iowa) head track & field coach, Bob Sanger, has led his teams to four State Track & Field Championships. In this clip, you’ll see how Coach Sanger has his team warm up during a pre-meet practice, which he likes to differ from normal warm-ups to have a break in routine.

Pre-Meet Warm-Up

Drill Summary: For a pre-meet practice, Coach Sanger gives his senior captains the responsibility of leading the warm-up. After completing leg swings and hamstring pulls on a fence/wall, the seniors lead the entire team around the track for one lap. During the lap, the seniors choose 10-15 different stretching exercises to complete to help the team warm up.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “All Access Single Coach Track & Field Practice.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!




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 ChampionshipProductions.com!




Use Dynamic Flexibility Drills to Warm Up!

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

Head coach and lead instructor at the Chula Vista High Performance Training Center for USA Track & Field, Jeremy Fischer, takes you through a few dynamic flexibility drills. Coach Fischer believes that athletes should use warm-up drills specific to the type of event they’re planning on doing each day.

Dynamic Flexibility

Drill Summary: There are three different exercises shown in the video. The first is plows, the second is single leg plows, and the third is the cobra into the cat stretch. For each exercise, Coach Fischer recommends doing 6-8 reps to prepare the body for competition.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “100 Drills for Developing Athleticism in Any Sport.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Learn Two Drills for the Pole Vault!

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

Tom Hays, University of Kansas head coach and vertical jumps coach, was named the 2011 National Collegiate Pole Vault Coach of the Year. In this clip, you’ll learn two drills for pole vaulters that will help them learn to maneuver the pole and rotate/stretch their arm as they walk past it.

Sand Progression

Drill Summary: There are two drills in this video.

Front Arm Rotation Drill – First, establish your grip height. Next, get into carry position, then take the pole to a flat position with both hands. Drop the pole tip by taking your top hand off and finish the rep by reaching to the sky with your front hand.

Walk-By’s – Walk into the pit and do a front arm rotation as you enter the pit. This drill helps train pole vaulters to rotate through the front arm when they drop the pole, stretch as they walk past the pole, and feel what the pole speed is.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Progressions for Teaching and Coaching the Pole Vault.” Browse through other world class Track & Field videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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