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Race Modeling

  Over the 37 years of my coaching career, I have had the good and bad fortune to have mentors who have filled my coaching data base with a litany of training approaches to make my sprint/hurdlers the best they can be. The good part was in the form of drills, workouts and “mother-wit” (Tony…… More

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How to Fix 6 Common Mistakes in the Sprint Hurdles

When starting a new track season, many coaches and athletes alike busy themselves setting goals based on performances from the previous year. Getting faster, stronger, tougher, and more powerful are among the many attributes that when increased can lead to new personal bests.  But sometimes the new goals are still a ways off due to…… More

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Top 6 Sprint Hurdle Training Parameters

With hurdle training, before you decide how fast you want your hurdler to run in 2014, you need to determine what is necessary in order to drop from 15.50 to 14.65, or 17.00 to 15.70. Look at your annual track schedule and decide how many races you expect your hurdler to run for the year.…… More

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“Working the Dirt II”

Let’s look at three more hurdle qualities I believe can assist coaches in making them better able to make your “Newbie” hurdlers fast and your experienced hurdlers faster. I had a community college guy who was competition in his first decathlon, and was terrified of the high hurdles. The hurdle height did not scare him…… More

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“Working the Dirt”

The 100 meter and 110 meter hurdles events must be thought of as sprint events, and not an event where you dump the slow kids. So don’t fill your hurdler crew with those young people who were not able to make your top three or four flat 100-200 meter sprinters. Since pure acceleration, acceleration, transition…… More

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“Working the Dirt”

The 100 meter and 110 meter hurdle events must be thought of as sprint events, and not an event where you dump the slow kids. So don’t fill your hurdles crew with those young people who were not able to make your top three or four flat 100-200 meter sprinters. Since pure acceleration, acceleration, transition…… More

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The Elite Athlete’s Profile

Don’t let the words “Elite Athlete” put you off first of all. Whether your girl can run 11.85 or 13.22 in the 100 meters, or your 400 meter boy runs 48.00 or 54.00, the attitude of being great and expecting greatness covers everyone who runs this sport. The ability to accept personal inconvenience is critical…… More

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Specific Development Drills for the Sprint Hurdles

Since the Fall of 2011, I have presented what I believe is a comprehensive approach to developing young and experienced 100 and 110 meter sprint hurdles. The Hurdle Master Class through CompleteTrackandField.com has given me the platform to show that any girl or boy able to run the flat 100 meters in 14 and 12…… More

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Great 400 Meter Workout – 133′s

Even though I have been making hurdle contributions, I have had some success at 400 meters, and 400 meter workout. I wanted to share one of the more useful 400 meter sprint drills I have come across in the last 10-15 years. I got it from the “Gopher State”, and former head Minnesota University Track…… More

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Heavy Duty Booty

Over the last several years I have greatly benefited from my relationship with Latif and his devotion and passion for the sport of track and field. Even though I am a contributor, I have either known the other contributors, or have gleaned something from someone’s approach to training I had not given any thought to.…… More

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Winter Workouts

I was inspired by the winter training article written by coach Mangiacotti two weeks ago, so I wanted to put in my two cents concerning what I wanted my young people to do for winter workouts. As a young high school coach I was determined to write workouts for everyday of the break and even…… More

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Sprint Hurdle 101

In this prep for the Master class, we are going to cover the basics of what hurdling is and what hurdling isn’t. First, hurdling is not gathering together everyone that isn’t fast enough to run the short sprints or gain a spot on the 4×100 relay. If you will avoid this first No-No, you will…… More

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Annual Planning for High School Hurdlers (Part II)

In Part One of the annual planning for your high school hurdlers; I covered 8 questions that every hurdle coach should be concerned with as they plan for the coming track season. In part two I will cover how to model the hurdle race so your boy or girl will go into each race ready…… More

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Annual Planning for High School Hurdlers (Part I)

Since the high school track season in some states can be as short as 11-12 weeks, the purpose of this article is to assist those coaches who struggle with organizing their high school hurdler  annual plan. The first part of this article will ask questions:   How long is your high school hurdler’s season? The number of…… More

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How to ‘three step’ in the sprint hurdles

At the end of the day, if we can’t get our athletes to three step their race, we’re not very good hurdle coaches. But, the reason they’re not three stepping between, say, hurdle three and four, isn’t because of what they’re doing between hurdle three and four. In the jumps, we know that every problem…… More

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