Beginner Level Drills

by Steve McGill

When it comes to coaching beginning hurdlers, or coaching hurdlers with some experience but who have not been taught proper mechanics, the coach has to do a whole lot of teaching. I have found that when coaching beginners with no prior experience whatsoever, I often have to move at a very slow pace, gradually implementing new aspects of technique and rhythm as I go. The same is also true for hurdlers who have been told by their coach to “go hurdle” as their hurdle workout, and have therefore been provided on direct on guidance on how to hurdle efficiently. With such hurdlers, I find that if I move too fast, bad habits go unaddressed, and therefore become ingrained. This is particularly true when hurdlers come to me mid-season for private coaching, looking to gain a competitive edge.

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