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Cover: the complete guide to the hammer & weight throw
The Complete Guide to the Hammer & Weight Throw

with A.G. Kruger,
University of South Dakota Assistant Coach/Throws;
3x US Olympian; 14x National USA Champion in Hammer & Weight Throw;
NCAA DII National Champion (hammer throw); 2001 NCAA DII National Outdoor Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year;
Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and is a certified Functional Movement Screening (FMS)

The hammer throw and weight throw are two of the most exciting throwing events in track & field. However, many athletes don't get exposed to them early in their careers due to safety concerns and lack of facility space.

In this video, A.G. Kruger expertly breaks down these events into simple, easy to understand concepts that are sure to help athletes and coaches of all levels find success.

You'll learn about:

  • Footwork and body positioning
  • The wind and release
  • Various hammer drills

Coach Kruger brings a wealth of expertise to this video. A certified strength and conditioning specialist, Kruger was a 14-time national champion in the hammer and weight throw and three-time Olympian for the United States.

Footwork and Body Positioning

Basic footwork and proper body positions are crucial first steps to learning the hammer and weight throw. In this section, Kruger breaks down the base position and the importance of keeping everything together to set up spacing and rotation. He then demonstrates the various positions that every athlete should hit as they rotate during the throw.

Kruger demonstrates his main drill concepts that will teach how to use basic footwork, be in position, and how to work out of these positions. By segmenting the body positions, Kruger creates a simple training drill that can be used with first time throwers to familiarize themselves with the positions they'll need to master during rotation, as well as what coaches can look for to cue their athletes as they turn.

Wind and Release

The key to a good release is to keep everything simple. Regardless of how your athlete enters the release phase of the throw, the main goal is to sit back against the implement, then finish up and through. To help athletes achieve these points, Kruger shows three release drills: the Wind and Release, the Sling and Release, and the Nino Start Entry Release.

In the Nino release, athletes start lower, making it difficult to get back against the ball and stand up at the finish. While the drill is simple enough to teach, the difficult starting position makes it an excellent teaching tool for intermediate and advanced throwers.

Kruger also uses single arm drills to teach dynamic balance by keeping one side of the body inactive during the winding phase.

Hammer Drills

In the largest segment of the video, Kruger shows you how to put everything together. Beginning with multiple turn drills, you'll see how practically any item can become an effective teaching tool - from chains, handles, and weight plates, to the actual implements themselves. By doing so, athletes will be able to better understand the continuation of movement and balance throughout the throw.

Kruger expertly breaks down the hammer and weight throw events into simple segments that coaches and athletes of all abilities can use to help their development. By keeping progressions easy to follow, Kruger has created a video that is great for teaching first time throwers in a way that will help them learn and grow fast. At the same time, coaches of more advanced throwers will still find a lot of value in this program to reinforce proper body positioning.

60 minutes. 2017.

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Cover: progressions for teaching the hammer throw
Progressions for Teaching the Hammer Throw
with Robert Weir,
UK National throws Coach

Find the ideal technique for your hammer throwers.

In this comprehensive instructional DVD from Championship Productions, UK's National Throws coach and former world-class hammer thrower Robert Weir, shares with you a complete breakdown of the hammer throw.

Following a quick and simple 7-exercise warm-up, Coach Weir breaks down the essential grip for the hammer, a vital element for injury free throwing. He next moves into Hammer Swings or "winds." This skill will help to determine the most natural high and low point for the individual thrower, and will assist you in determining the optimal point of initiating footwork for the turn.

Hammer Turns is the next technical area of instruction. In this segment, Weir instructs the toe turn and the heel turn. For each technique Weir breaks down the double support phase and the single support phase and offers strategies to lengthen the double phase and shorten the single phase, which will maximize hammer acceleration.

Weir shows you how to coach "relaxed shoulders" and demonstrates the problems that arise when a thrower's shoulders are pulled, or misaligned. He also analyzes the keys to an ideal release of the hammer and how to attain a peak angle for the release.

You will also see five of the most common errors for the hammer throw. Weir then presents the best correction for each.

The use of two experienced hammer throwers, each with varying styles greatly enhances the benefits of this DVD. One demonstrator utilizes a heel turn and three rotations and the other utilizes a toe turn with four rotations.

These valuable insights will assist you in finding the technique that optimizes your throwers' individual styles.

39 minutes. 2010.

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Weight Throw Set
TD-01789A: with Larry Judge,
former University of Florida Throws Coach
and USA Director of Coaching for the Throws

One of the most successful weight throws coaches in the world today, Judge shares the techniques, progressions, principles, and approach he has used to consistently make his athletes among the best weight throwers in track and field! This video is packed with detailed step-by-step demonstrations and instruction. Judge covers every facet of the event including new innovative training methods, creative ideas for practice, seasonal training progressions, and common problems. Unlock the mystery of this difficult event by studying Judge's proven techniques!

53 minutes. 2001.

TD-01789B: with Larry Judge,
former University of Florida Throws Coach,
Coach of World Record Holder & Olympian Dawn Ellerbee

Coach Judge covers everything from the basic fundamentals to advanced techniques, including the use of three to four turns. He teaches the event through a series of specific weight throw drill progressions. The video includes dozens of drills for each phase of the event. Both the demonstrations of drills and the technique footage are superb! This is the finest in-depth study of the weight throw available anywhere!

40 minutes. 2001.

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Hammer Throw Set
TD-01936A: with Larry Judge,
former University of Florida Throws Coach
and USA Director of Coaching for the Throws

Debunks the confusion surrounding the hammer throw. This video teaches the coach how to instruct the different parts of the throw. Coach Judge breaks down the technique in a understandable form and simplifies it. This video gives the approach that Coach Judge has used to develop two Olympians and an American Record Holder.

51 minutes. 2002.

TD-01936B: with Larry Judge,
former University of Florida Throws Coach
and USA Director of Coaching for the Throws

The Hammer Throw is a very technical event. However, Coach Judge simplifies it for both the coach and the athlete. He starts with an understandable teaching progression and then progresses through a series of drills. The purpose of each drill is thoroughly explained. This is the most comprehensive hammer drill video ever produced! Absolutely nothing is left out. Includes drills for the winds, the entry, the work phases and the release.

57 minutes. 2002.

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Cover: advanced techniques for the hammer and weight throw
Advanced Techniques for the Hammer and Weight Throw
with Larry Judge,
C.S.C.S., USA Track & Field National Chairman for Coaches Education (Throwing Events),
former University of Florida Women's Throws Coach

The hammer throw and weight throw are technically challenging events requiring great attention to detail. In this advanced presentation (part II of Mechanics for Weight and Hammer Throw), USATF Master Coach Larry Judge simplifies the complex technical issues. Judge's comprehensive presentation covers everything from a functional warm-up to release strategies and addresses some of the "finer technical points" that are a must for a championship performance. Judge includes drills for the winds, the entry, the work phases and the release. The purpose of each drill is thoroughly explained while precisely demonstrated by Olympians Candice Scott and Erin Gilreath. Judge includes meet footage of record-breaking throws in both events. Get inspired as you watch Olympic level athletes demonstrating drills and throwing in competition. Larry Judge has coached multiple record setters in the hammer and weight throw including the World Record weight thrower, the American Record hammer thrower, has developed eight Olympians, and coached over 100 All Americans!

41 minutes. 2006.

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