What to Expect:
As with the camp we did in November, The Team Steve Speed & Hurdle Camp II will be, first and foremost, a teaching camp. Sprinters and hurdlers will learn the fundamentals of proper sprinting mechanics and the fundamentals of a powerful, explosive block start. Cotto, who has used both an 8-step approach and a 7-step approach to the first hurdle at various points in his competitive career, can teach the how-to’s of both styles and can explain the benefits of both styles. Pepe and Howell are also experts at teaching block start mechanics and ideal sprint mechanics. Hurdlers will learn the style of hurdling that Coach McGill and Coach Cotto teach to their hurdlers – the cycle hurdling style, which emphasizes fluidity of motion, minimal wasted effort, and minimal pauses in the hurdling action.
In the November camp, Day One of the camp was heavy with drills, while Day Two focused on incorporating an emphasis on speed and the block start. For this camp, since we are now in the heart of the outdoor season, the emphasis will be more on speed both days, and technical flaws will be pointed out and addressed on an individual basis. In the November camp, we didn’t get over more than three hurdles out of the blocks. For this camp, we plan to have the athletes get over 5-6 hurdles out of the blocks.
Also, the November camp did not include any drills or work that was specific to the longer hurdle races. This one will. We will have athletes do drills that teach them how to negotiate the curve, and how to alternate lead legs.
Below is a tentative schedule for each day: