Curve Hurdling Work

by Steve McGill

I think we all can agree that being able to alternate in the 300/400m hurdles is a useful skill to have, and perhaps even an essential one in some cases. And while I have discovered that teaching hurdlers to alternate lead legs is easier than I would have thought at first, I have also discovered that getting hurdlers to trust both legs equally takes a lot of work. Often, hurdlers who can alternate prefer not to; they like to ride that “good leg” as far as they can, and will do all that they can to avoid alternating. Even if they’ve done well in practice with alternating at a certain hurdle, they might over-stride or stutter in order to avoid alternating in a race.

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