How to ‘three step’ in the sprint hurdles

Posted by Tony Veney



At the end of the day, if we can’t get our athletes to three step their race, we’re not very good hurdle coaches.

But, the reason they’re not three stepping between, say, hurdle three and four, isn’t because of what they’re doing between hurdle three and four.

In the jumps, we know that every problem we see at takeoff (or in flight) boils down to some mistake being made in the approach. That’s where we get the saying:

“If you see a problem, always look upstream.”

Today, USATF Master Coach Tony Veney breaks down what you should be teaching and looking for your hurdlers to do in order to set up a fast, consistent three step rhythm between the hurdles.

 

FOR MORE ON THIS TOPIC:

1. Complete Program Design for High School Sprint Hurdlers (55 – 100/110HH)

2. Advanced Sprint Hurdle (55H-110HH) Development

3. Developing Hurdle Rhythm: The Search For the Holy Grail

 


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Tony Veney - Tony Veney is entering his ninth season at the helm of the Pirates' men's and women's track and field teams, his 10th at Ventura College. He brings over 40 years of extensive track and field coaching and teaching experience from all levels of competition, and is a nationally certified instructor and lecturer. In the fall of 2017, Veney was awarded the Fred Wilt Coach/Educator of the Year Award by USA Track & Field. Coach Veney is a USATF Level I-II-III instructor with a master of coaching certificate. He is a regular speaker at national track and field clinics, and has produced and published several videos and books related to the specialized areas of sprints and hurdles. Veney is a 1976 graduate of UCLA with a degree in History. He was the former 800 meter record holder for the Bruins, and was a member of two NCAA outdoor track and field championship teams. He received his Master's Degree in physical education from Azusa Pacific University.

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