This post might seem a bit random, but I actually had a commenter ask me recently how he could improve his hurdle technique. I responded with a couple short tips, but then I decided that it would be a good idea for me to make a full post about it since I’m assuming some of you are interested in hurdles as well. So, we’ll start out with some basics and then you can watch the video at the end of the post for some hurdle drills.
One of the most important aspects of any sport is the technique that you use. A lot of you probably know this already, but it surprises me how many athletes don’t take the time to really work on technique. Most people just get out on the track and try to jump hurdles as fast as they can. However, what you should really be doing is sloowwwwing dowwnnn.
The best way to hone and perfect your technique is to take it slow. By moving through the motions slowly you’ll be giving your body a chance to really get a firm grip on the true technique of hurdling. Once you feel that your body is getting used to the motions you can crank up the speed a bit and start working on your hurdle technique at a higher speed. Before you know it, you’ll be running over those hurdles like they’re not even there.
Since it’s probably a lot easier for you guys to learn how to improve your hurdle technique through video, check out the one below. It’s a video of David Warren performing 5 of the top training exercises for speed, strength, and quickness. David is a specialist in the hurdle technique arena and definitely knows what he’s talking about. Just ignore the weird music selection. In case you’re wondering, the song is Sweetest Taboo by Sade….don’t ask how I know that.
David Warren Hurdle Training and Technique Video