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 we see at takeoff (or in flight) boils down to some mistake being made in the approach. That’s where we get the saying:
“If you see a problem, always look upstream.”
Today, USATF Master Coach Tony Veney breaks down what you should be teaching and looking for your hurdlers to do in order to set up a fast, consistent three step rhythm between the hurdles.
About Tony VeneyCurrently the Head Track Coach at Ventura Community College. Former director of the men’s and women’s track and field and cross country at North Carolina A&T In 11 seasons at Cal State Northridge, Veney coached three NCAA National Champions, 33 NCAA All-Americans and 15 conference champions. While at UCLA (2003-09), Veney led fifteen Bruins to either indoor or outdoor All-American status, coached six Pac-10 Champions and four NCAA West Regional Champions. USATF Level I, II and III Clinician and certified USATF Master of Coaching
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