January 8, 2010, Newsletter Issue #116: Skip Your Way to Better Hurdling

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Not only hurdlers, but all runners and jumpers can benefit from one of the simplest plyometrics drills: skipping. Just like you did in elementary school, but with the goal of lifting your knees high enough so that your upper leg is parallel to the ground. Alternate legs, and continue “high skipping” for about 50 meters. Rest, and repeat 4-6 times after a workout. This drill will build leg strength and help hurdlers refine their technique. Skipping also can help runners achieve a more efficient stride and mitigate the distance runners' tendency to shuffle as they get tired late in a race.

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