Best Speed Training Hurdles: What are they?
The word “hurdle” comes from the Latin verb hurdere which means to go against something or someone. It was originally used to refer to obstacles such as walls, fences, and other barriers. These days it is commonly used in sports terms such as running up stairs or jumping over pits. However, it still carries with it some negative connotations when referring to obstacles like these speed training hurdles.
In addition to being used in sports terminology, the word hurdle is often used in everyday language. For example, you might hear someone say “I have a hard time getting up those steps.” Or even worse, “That step looks like it’s going to fall right on my head!”
Hurdles come in many shapes and sizes. Some are simple wooden boxes; others are made out of metal or concrete. They may be movable or fixed. Some are designed to be climbed while others are not. There are also different types of obstacles depending upon what type of sport is being practiced.
Some hurdles can only be cleared by using one specific kind of footwork or technique. Others require perfect balance and coordination between several body parts (such as gymnastics). Still others need a certain level of strength, endurance, flexibility, etc…
What do all these things have in common?
They are all types of hurdles!
Agility Hurdles: A type of hurdle designed for practicing and improving a person’s agility.
Adjustable Speed Training Hurdles: A type of hurdle used for training purposes, usually adjustable to different heights.
A Frame Hurdle: A type of hurdle with two crossbars which swing out from each side. They are supported by a single leg in the middle.
All-American Hurdler: A type of hurdle which has four legs and a crossbar. It is usually around 30 inches high.
Andruzzi Hurdle: A type of hurdle which is 15 inches high and 32 inches wide at the base. Like all other types of hurdles, these can only be jumped by certain techniques.
Apparatus Hurdle: Small hurdle used in physical education classes. These are usually adjustable to various heights and may be made out of wood or plastic.
ATF Hurdle: A type of hurdle with two legs and a crossbar. It is set on a firm base. Unlike other types of hurdles, the ATF is not designed to be jumped over. Instead, it is used to practice and improve technique.
Balk Hurdle: A type of hurdle with two legs and a crossbar. It is designed so that the crossbar can be moved up and down on the legs. Used mainly in track events.
Beam Hurdle: A type of hurdle with two legs and a crossbar. It may be simple or adjustable to different heights. The beam is supported by a single leg in the middle.
Best Hurdles for Kids: A set of adjustable speed training hurdles for children.
Bleachers: Rows of seats usually found at the top or bottom of a section of seats. (At outdoor stadiums, there are often bleachers on one or both sides.) You may have to leap over these when running the long or short hops.
Broad Jumper: A type of hurdle used by broad jumpers. It is usually 2 inches high and 51 inches wide. There are two variations of the broad jumper: The knock-down and the rigid.
Cane Hurdle: A type of hurdle with two legs and a crossbar. It is supported by only one leg on the base. The crossbar is similar to that of the balk, but shorter and lighter.
Cascade Hurdle: A type of hurdle with two legs and a crossbar. The legs are curved, creating a “cascade” effect. Used mainly in races for children.
Coiling Hurdle: A type of hurdle with two legs and a crossbar. Instead of resting on a flat surface, it is supported by a piece of coiled tubing. This allows the hurdle to be lower than regular hurdles (about 20 inches).
Combined Events Hurdles: Hurdles used in track events which combine running and jumping. There are several kinds of combined events.
Cut Down Hurdles: A type of hurdle with two legs and a crossbar. The legs are shorter than regular hurdles, only about a foot off the ground. This allows them to be used for younger children and shorter races.
Disks: A set of adjustable speed training hurdles made up of circular disks which can be arranged in different patterns.
Down Hill Hurdle: A type of hurdle with two legs and a crossbar. It is raised so that one end is higher than the other. The base is usually wider than regular hurdles, about 16 inches.
Drop Hurdles: A type of hurdle with two legs and a crossbar. It is designed so that the crossbar can be raised or lowered on a threaded rod.
Dummy: A practice hurdle used for training purposes.
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