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Cover: strength training for distance runners
Strength Training for Distance Runners

with Jake Moore;
DPT; APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor;
Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified,
Physical Therapist/Strength and Conditioning Coach, Gilbert (IA) High School;
USA Weightlifting Club Coach

Strength training plays an important role in running economy, anaerobic power, and race times. Numerous studies have shown that strength training develops power that leads to running faster.

Jake Moore has developed a strength training program that helps athletes run faster, decreases injury risk, and allows for quicker recovery from workouts. This allows the athlete to train at a high level daily with less fatigue. Moore's training program challenges athletes to hold proper technique and body posture longer to enhance strength and power at max speed.

Core and Lateral Hip Stability

Coach Moore begins by explaining why it's necessary for distance athletes to train for strength and explosiveness. Moore, along with athlete demonstrations, present his preferred core and lateral hip stability routine. Each exercise is demonstrated with proper technique as explanation of coaching points and athlete cues are given. Additionally, bounding and low impact plyometric exercises are demonstrated that help develop power, which correlates to faster running times.

Strength Training Lifts and Flexibility Program

Next, Moore covers several traditional lifts that he uses with his athletes in the weight room. Many of these exercises involve the athlete training the extension of the posterior chain, which correlates very closely to running speed.

Finally, Moore demonstrates the flexibility program he utilizes with his athletes that helps improve their running performance, addresses any deficiencies in flexibility the athletes may have, and helps aid in injury prevention.

This video from Coach Moore includes numerous drills that can be used to teach movement skills, strength, power, speed, and endurance. These exercises are essential in training athletes to run at a lower percent of max effort in order to run longer and faster. If you're a track or cross country coach, this video is sure to give you an edge over your competition!

"One of the most comprehensive strength and power training videos that I have viewed in a very long time. Coach Moore covers just about all the bases from the importance of strength training, its benefits and how to implement specific protocols to attain better ground contact forces, body alignment and improved track times. He does an outstanding job breaking down body segments and giving specifics on how to improve each of these areas. One of the most overlooked areas are the hips - both flexors and extensors - for any strength protocol and coach; Moore gives very nuanced explanations on how to improve this area using plyometrics and some innovative exercises like the use of a four wheeled scooter. Perhaps one of the best pieces of advice on this video is the fact that strength and power training are a year - round / season long regime that should eventually become a lifelong activity for the athlete once he or she has stopped competitive training. Really enjoyed watching and learning from this video - fast paced and comprehensive. A must for all high school school sports programs." - Customer Review

67 minutes. 2019.

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Cover: "feed the cats": a complete sprint training program
"Feed the Cats": A Complete Sprint Training Program

with Tony Holler,
Plainfield North High School (IL) Head Boys Track & Field Coach;
2015 ITCCCA Hall of Fame Inductee;
over 35 years of coaching experience at the high school level

"Feed the Cats" is a revolutionary new method of training sprinters from Plainfield North High School head coach Tony Holler. No longer must you put your sprinters through long workouts that make them feel crushed by the end! This program will help you teach your sprinters to run fast using micro-segments of work. Holler shows how you can help athletes learn how to run fast without sprinting.

In a sport that often lacks innovative training methods, the "Feed the Cats" program bucks the trends to give you a new way to enhance your sprint training.

10 Commandments of "Feed the Cats"

In order to adhere completely to the "Feed the Cats" program, Coach Holler states that you must follow its 10 essential commandments, which include:

  • Do high quality work with maximum focus over the least amount of time possible
  • Prioritize rest, recovery, and growth; never underestimate the power of being happy and healthy
  • Never forget - people naturally are good at what they like and are OBSESSED with what they love
  • Promote your program with unrestrained enthusiasm
  • "Record, Rank, and Publish" to feed the competitive nature of your fast-twitch athletes
  • Never force-feed
  • Never grind
  • Never crush the physical or emotional soul of your athletes
  • Never inflict physical punishment - punish only by taking away the opportunity to do the work
  • Never forget, "Light a fire, don't fill a pail."

Micro-Dose Training

Coach Holler explains how training sprinters in micro-dose amounts is the best way for athletes to get faster. All sprint coaches must make max-speed a priority, and the goal of micro-dose training is specifically to train with a minimum effective dose.

Sprinting fast is the foundation behind the sprinter. The faster the top-end speed, the faster the sub-max speed. Remember: to run fast, the athlete must train fast!

Points of Emphasis

Coach Holler states that if you want to increase speed, you must emphasize sprint mechanics, max-speed sprinting, and jumping. Holler demonstrates more than 30 drills that he uses to focus on stiffness, posture, and balance. The end result is better stabilization of the body, which causes stiffness and therefore faster speed.

Holler emphasizes that drills have to have a positive effect on speed without burning out the athlete. You'll see how to workout without sprinting maximally every day, giving your sprinters the option to prioritize rest, which will keep them fresh throughout the season.

In order to beat the best, you have to train differently than the best. The "Feed the Cats" program from Tony Holler will allow you to do just that with your sprinters. This unique approach to sprint training will give your team the boost it needs to win more events than ever.

134 minutes. 2019.

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Cover: the best of championship productions - track & field: 100+ sprints & relays drills
The Best of Championship Productions - Track & Field: 100+ Sprints & Relays Drills

Featuring:

  • Clyde Hart - Baylor University Director of Track & Field
  • Maurice Wilson - Jamaican National Track & Field Team Head Coach (2012 Olympic Games)
  • Pat Henry - Texas A&M Head Coach
  • Dana Boone - Texas State University Head Coach
  • Joey Woody - Director of Track & Field/Cross Country at the University of Iowa
  • Adrian Wheatley - University of Illinois Men's Assistant Coach
  • John Smith - former UCLA Sprint Coach
  • Lance Brauman - former University of Arkansas Sprint and Hurdles Coach
  • Tom Tellez - former University of Houston Head Coach
  • Brian Fitzgerald - former Rio Mesa High School (CA) Head Coach
  • Monte Stratton - Coach of 87 Division I All-Americans at TCU and UT-Arlington
  • Dwayne Miller - Norfolk Real Deal Track Club Head Coach

The coaches in this "Best Of" video have guided some of the world's top athletes, including All-Americans, NCAA champions, and even Olympic Champions! You'll get tons of drills from some of the biggest names in sprint coaching history, all of which are designed to help you churn out championship sprinters year after year.

Creating a Dynamic Warm Up

Creating a strong dynamic warm up is the foundation of great sprinting practices. In the video's opening segment, Monte Stratton takes viewers through U.S. Olympian Doc Patton's dynamic warm up, beginning with ground drills and leg swings to improve range of motion. From there, Lance Brauman demonstrates a variety of skip drills, providing insights on what coaches should cue and look for with their athletes. Also in this segment, Baylor's legendary Clyde Hart shares his views on adding hard strides and sprints to the end of the warm up to help further prepare the body for high intensity efforts.

Developing a Powerful Start

A powerful aggressive start can make the difference between winning and losing a race. In this part of the video, Maurice Wilson takes you through his pre-block work routine, demonstrating how to help athletes create powerful starts before they step into the blocks. This segment includes a variety of coach-assisted drills and various starting positions, including falling, two, and four point starts.

Coach Stratton discusses proper block set ups and body position to maximize an athlete's explosive push from the pedals. At the end of the segment, Brian Fitzgerald also discusses how to set blocks up on the curve, to help athletes run an effective race in the 200 and 400 meters.

Proper Sprint Form

Throughout the video, coaches continuously share their views on proper sprint form and technique. Texas A&M's Pat Henry uses the wicket drill and an acceleration drill to discuss proper body positions in both the acceleration and max velocity phases of running. He breaks down various cues and body positions that coaches should look for, as well as ways to cue the athletes into proper alignment. Also in this segment, Dana Boone shows a variety of postural drills, including sprinting while jumping rope to promote proper cycling of the legs.

This video is full of drills and insights from top level coaches. However, one particular drill that stands out is Coach Hart's 'Event 300' drill. In this drill, Hart has an athlete run segments against a timer to help promote proper rhythm and energy expenditure during the first 300 meters of the 400 meter race. While the drill is great, Coach Hart's excellent break down of specific efforts in each phase of the run is what makes this exercise so effective.

If you can only buy one video on sprinting this year, this one is the way to go. It's packed with numerous drills, tips, and insights from some of the world's best coaches and should be a staple in any respected track & field coach's library.

140 minutes. 2019.

DVD
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Cover: the best of championship productions - track & field: 90+ high jump drills
The Best of Championship Productions - Track & Field: 90+ High Jump Drills

Featuring:

  • Jeremy Fischer - Head Coach and Lead Instructor at the Chula Vista USATF High Performance Training Center
  • Karen Gaita - East Stroudsburg State University Assistant Coach
  • John Gartland - Indiana State University Women's Assistant Coach
  • Irving "Boo" Schexnayder - Director of the CAP Elite Training Center
  • Michael Pullins - USC Assistant Coach
  • Gary Pepin - University of Nebraska Head Coach
  • Jim VanHootegem - University of Oklahoma Head Coach
  • Sheldon Blockburger - USC Assistant Coach
  • Cliff Rovelto - Kansas State University Head Coach

Take the guesswork out of teaching the high jump by learning some of the best drills from the best instructors in the country! This video contains many of the best exercises from the vast Championship Productions instructional library that are sure to help you train elite high jumpers. If you need a one stop shop for high jump drills, this is the resource you've been looking for!

Curve Running Mechanics

Several drills are demonstrated that show how to train your athletes to develop proper curve running mechanics. One of these drill series is presented by Jeremy Fischer of USA Track and Field, in which he and one of his athletes demonstrate curve running foot placement and body lean. Also, Boo Schexnayder, formerly of LSU, gives a detailed explanation of how to find the takeoff point, mid-mark, and starting mark.

Takeoff, Flight, Bar Clearance

Several coaches demonstrate drills that teach the athlete proper takeoff mechanics. Coach Karen Gaita takes one of her athletes through a drill series, beginning with an explanation of the penultimate step and takeoff step, and concluding with teaching the athlete the proper knee drive, arm action, and body rotation necessary to clear the bar effectively and safely. Gaita gives a detailed explanation on how to cue the athlete to raise their legs and heels so they do not knock the bar off the standards on the way down.

Strength and Conditioning

The video concludes with several event specific strength and conditioning drills that help the high jumper develop explosive power. One excellent drill series is demonstrated by Michael Pullins of USC, in which he and some of his athletes execute drills using proper jumping mechanics on grass and on boxes. These drills, and many others, are sure to help your athletes develop into explosive high jumpers.

Does your high jump program need a shot in the arm? This comprehensive video containing many of the best high jump drills available is just what the doctor ordered!

120 minutes. 2019.

DVD
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Cover: the best of championship productions - track & field: 90+ long jump drills
The Best of Championship Productions - Track & Field: 90+ Long Jump Drills

Featuring:

  • Cliff Rovelto - Kansas State University Head Coach
  • Gary Derks - Cinco Ranch High School (TX) Head Coach
  • Kyle Tellez - University of Houston Assistant Coach
  • Dwight Phillips - 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist and 3x World Outdoor Champion
  • Jeremy Fischer - Head Coach and Lead Instructor at the Chula Vista USATF High Performance Training Center
  • Heidi Benton - Wichita State University Assistant Coach
  • Michael Pullins - USC Assistant Coach
  • Nick Kohl - Wartburg College Assistant Coach
  • Tim Cawley - University of Idaho Director of Track & Field and Cross Country
  • Jim VanHootegem - University of Oklahoma Head Coach
  • Irving "Boo" Schexnayder - Director of the CAP Elite Training Center

Never before has there been a more complete drill video for the long jump! This presentation, featuring many of the best long jump coaches in the Championship Productions library, contains everything you need to begin or supplement your long jump training routine.

Approach Run Mechanics

Several drills are demonstrated that show how to train your athletes to develop proper approach run mechanics. One of the best drills is from Tom Tellez of the University of Houston, who demonstrates a series of drills where the athlete walks the approach before gradually building speed while focusing on proper sprint mechanics. Coach Tellez also demonstrates a series of drills that teach athletes the proper way to execute the penultimate stride and takeoff stride of the approach.

Takeoff, Flight, Landing

Several coaches demonstrate drills that teach athletes takeoff mechanics. One series is demonstrated by Tim Cawley, in which he and his athletes demonstrate drills using a ramp and landing pad. These drills teach athletes to shorten their last two strides naturally, and how to hold their drive knee high while taking out some of the fear a beginner may have in landing in the sand. Several drills are also shown by multiple coaches that teach proper flight mechanics and how to land for maximum efficiency and safety.

Strength and Conditioning

This video concludes with several event specific strength and conditioning drills that help the long jumper develop strength and reactive ability. Boo Schexnayder, one of the most respected track and field coaches in the country, demonstrates a special jump series and a medicine ball series that help athletes develop the necessary explosive power needed for the long jump.

If you are serious about helping your long jumpers reach the next level, this comprehensive drill video is a must have for your coaching library!

98 minutes. 2019.

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