Explosive Track and Field Training. Lydia Laws running hurdles
Question: I am aware both your daughter, Lydia, and Alexis Dickerson, train with you. They have excelled this season My daughter runs track and trains at another gym and needs some guidance. What does she need to focus on to reach her potential?
Answer: Thank you for your kind compliments. Both of them have done very well and share the desire to continue to improve. In addition to them, Shanica Johnson, Natalia Dunlap and Tamilia Wright are also enjoying success this year and have all been with us as well. Besides that they all share another common denominator which is they compete with the Durham Striders in the summer under the guidance of Donny Davis. That was where they honed their skills on the track and field.
In the gym we used different approaches for these athletes depending on the event in which they compete. All follow explosive core building routines that include cleans, deadlifts, front squats and squats. Randy Hadley, who is a friend and trainer coaching Olympic athletes in Orlando, sent specific exercises as well that build unilateral strength in the hamstrings, quads and hip flexors.
Lydia utilized her extensive gymnastics background to use and teach ab routines to her training partners and they spend extensive time stretching.
Alexis’s throwing strength is a result of building power in her core and working her upper body for the finish of her throw.
In the sprints and hurdles, especially the 300m and 400m hurdles, 400m sprints and 800m races they all train their upper body which assists them in making a strong finish.
They all include plyometrics in training for explosive starts and throws.
It is huge team effort that begins and ends with these athletes and their overwhelming desire and will to train to be the best.
God bless and keep training,