10 Coaching Tips For High Hurdle Training

  • Develop a proper start without hurdles
  • Improve technique over low hurdles or other soft barriers
  • Start with the first hurdle closer than normal on block starts
  • Use one step drills for recovery speed of the trail leg
  • Practice both legs leading/trailing
  • Develop race rhythm with the hurdles closer together
  • Count strides with the athlete during practice
  • Alternate block starts with hurdles and without hurdles
  • Snap over the hurdle quickly with the trail leg
  • Keep the lead leg slightly bent as it goes over the hurdle


Developing proper hurdle technique takes patience and proper training. Hurdling demands speed, strength, flexibility, coordination and balance.

 Bonus tip 1: when starting with the barriers closer together, move each hurdle back a little in the flight. If hurdle one is 9 inches in, place the second hurdle 7” inches in, etc. move closer and closer to the competition distances during the peak of the season.

Bonus tip 2: some coaches like to keep the first hurdle in place when using blocks, but this type of training is advanced and only used while the hurdler is in peak condition.

Training the hurdle events with the sprinters is very common; usually the top high hurdlers will train with the 200-meter runners. The top sprinters and hurdlers will also be relay runners, usually the 4x100m or 4x200m or shuttle hurdle relay, depending the competition in the association and level.

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