In this video lesson, Athletics Instructor Saidia Rafel teaches the basic tips for great hurdling such as how to warm up and how to choose hurdling attire in this free hurdling video tutorial.
Video Transcript: SAIDIA RAFEL: "Before we close out I just want emphasize the importance of proper attire that you wear. When it comes to being an athlete and a hurdler you can't just jump on the track and just run with it. You have to have the right clothing, as you can see what I'm wearing today is pretty standard for an athlete who serious about their workout. You can wear a simple cotton t-shirt just like this. It's really good to wear cotton because it absorbs sweat, so that way your not dripping. Your not perspiring so much, it takes on everything. A good sports bra, if your a female, that's form fitting. Some decent shorts or you could wear tight fitting form clothes. With hurdling you don't want to have loose clothing to get in your way of going over the hurdle, it could be dangerous and always wear some good shoes. My preference, I love Asics, I love Brooks, I love Mizunos. Those are the top line running shoes that I wear. Of course you have Nike's, Adidas as well. You pretty much the type of foot you have. It's best to go to a store that specializes in running shoes. So what I have on today, I have a pair of Brooks adrenaline. This is my second pair of these shoes, I found that they are very good for my foot. I tend to pronate, which is a way my feet turn in when I run, so these shoes are specialized in helping my foot to stay on track as I run on the track. So it's always good to go to a running store and they will fit you for the right shoes to wear. So that's for attire, now for what you put into your body before you come on to the track for workout is very important. The last thing that you would want to do is to come to a practice on a empty stomach. It's very inefficient. It's like going for a road trip in a car that has no gas in it, chances are it's going to die. So what I have with me here, just for example, is a protein bar and a bottle of water. Very simple, what I do is I eat a protein bar before I workout and always have my water with me. Normally you workout to about an hour and a half to two hours and then I go, after working out, and have a good breakfast or depending on the time of day a good lunch. So it's important to have food in your stomach so you can have fuel to burn as your workout, okay and then lastly a good stretch. It's good to stretch before a workout and as well as after a workout. I always stretch after a workout as well because you really been giving your muscles a lot of work and put a lot of stress on your body. It's always good to take ten to fifteen, even twenty minutes to give a good stretch to your arms, your legs, your stomach, your calves, your quads. Break it down and just do it piece by piece. There's videos on good stretches you can do. Your coach might know a good stretch you can do, but all of that is really going to determine how good of a hurdler your going to be. So thank you again, my name is Saidia Rafel and I am an expert hurdler."
In this course, Athletics Instructor Saidia Rafel gives 13 video lectures on Hurdle Agility Drills & Tips for Great Hurdling. Learn hurdle agility drills and tips for great hurdling from expert hurdler Saidia Rafel. Saidia will teach you A skip hurdle drills, how to warm up for running the hurdles, and the karaoke hurdle drill. She will give you free expert tips for great hurdling such as how to determine your lead leg, how to alternate steps when running the 110m hurdles and the 400m hurdles, and how to stay hydrated when hurdling.