Falling Starts Workout

by Steve McGill

In other articles in this issue, I discuss the importance of driving out of the blocks aggressively, without popping up too soon. One way to address this issue and to ingrain a forward thrust from the first step is to have hurdlers do workouts that emphasize acceleration. Such workouts are done at very short distances so that the athletes can focus on developing explosive power. As discussed elsewhere, hurdlers need to have the beast mode mentality of sprinters when coming out of the blocks and attacking the first hurdle. So, in the midst of all the hurdle drilling and speed-endurance workouts, it’s also important to work on the acceleration phase of the race in order to learn and ingrain the proper angles, and also to develop the aggressive mindset required to get out to a good start.

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