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Discus Throw Technique and drills

Throwing Smarter, Throwing Farther

A turbocharged approach to learning and coaching elite discus technique. Experience a discus video course unlike any other.
Discus throw master class

What you'll get

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40 on-demand video lessons

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what you'll learn

TRAINING, DRILLS & LESSONS DESIGNED to maximize performance

The Power Position
The Pivot Turn
The Full Throw
Entry Mechanics
Foot Work
Balance Drills
Lower Body Positions
Maximizing Power
Proper Discus Path
Med Ball for Discus
Advanced Technique
Troubleshooting
Strength Training
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Example of the discus throw course on mobile devices

course content

Lesson plan and chapter descriptions

Course Duration: 2 hr, 55 min
Number of Lessons: 40
class sample
What makes a great throw? Former Olympian Casey Malone and 6 time All-American Russ Winger provide some insight on chasing the perfect throw.
In this chapter Coach Bedard introduces his proven system for coaching and throwing far as well as an overview of what to expect throughout this training series.
How you hold the discus has a huge impact on how far you can throw. This chapter demonstrates the proper way to hold the discus for maximum distance.
The power position is the first phase of the throw and a critical component to develop before moving on to other phases.
Olympian Casey Malone shares his experience from an athlete’s perspective on developing a solid standing throw and how to use your legs to generate power.
A recap on the power position and coaching insight on training athletes to work the discus over a long path. Also, coach covers how you know when to progress athletes to the next phase of the throw.
A technical breakdown of the pivot turn – creating separation with the upper and lower body, continuous right foot turning and proper positioning.
Coach Bedard and Casey Malone demonstrate the technical concepts of the pivot turn introduced in chapter 7.
Casey Malone talks about his struggles with the power position and how he was able to overcome them.
A discussion of the importance of the pivot turn and how it sets a mindset for being patient with the upper body and holding tension to produce power.
A technical breakdown of the full throw starting with entry mechanics and how to properly move off the back.
Coach Bedard and Casey Malone build on the technical model of the full throw presented in chapter 11 through demonstrations. Helpful practice drills are also provided.
The final section covering the full throw. Technical concepts are discussed and demonstrated such as shin angle, how to avoid landing tall in the middle and finishing to the right to produce big power.
Casey Malone shares his perspective on the full throw.
Coach Bedard provides insight on developing an athlete’s full throw, highlighting entry mechanics and the orbit of the discus.
A technical breakdown of how to properly perform the reverse at the end of the throw.
This section is focused on training the coach’s eye to spot common errors with the pivot turn and how to fix them.
This section is focused on training the coach’s eye to spot common errors with the full throw and how to fix them.
Coach Bedard discusses his progression of learning through the school of hard knocks and why the technical absolutes discussed throughout the video course are so critical.
Coach Bedard talks about what he looks for when he is watching athletes for the first time and provides tips for spotting errors in the throw.
A discussion about the dangers of over-coaching and knowing when to be quiet.
Working with athletes on the mental side of throwing as well as the importance of hard work.
Russ Winger talks about the importance of consistency and focus with regards to training and throwing. He also provides insight on getting feedback from coaches from an athletes perspective.
Casey Malone shares his own experiences with plateaus and how he was able to overcome them.
Russ Winger talks about his approach to practicing and cues as well as tips on how to train successfully.
Casey Malone shares the best advice he has for throwers to be successful in their college career.
In order to be a champion an athlete must hit certain positions during the throw. This video is about manually adjusting athletes so they can feel proper positions and begin to build the neuromuscular connections required for good technique.
In order to be a champion an athlete must hit certain positions during the throw. This video is about manually adjusting athletes so they can feel proper positions and begin to build the neuromuscular connections required for good technique.
Coach Bedard discusses the importance of off season training on injury prevention and performance. Several dynamic hurdle drills for throwers are introduced and demonstrated.
More advanced hurdle drills are introduced for maximizing hip mobility, strengthening the core and preventing the all to common hip and groin injuries associated with the discus throw.
Develop the explosive power and sequencing required to throw far with these cutting edge plyometric drills that incorporate the use of a medicine ball.
Part one explores medball exercises designed to build strength, coordination and explosive power that will directly translate into improved discus performance. From there we dive into the technical portion where medball drills mirror those that are performed while throwing the discus in the power position.
Building on the previous lesson, Medball for Discus Part 2 introduces movement and focuses on drills using the pivot turn as well as the full throw to help further build core strength while teaching discipline with the upper body and maximizing power generated from the legs and hips. Incorporating these drills into your practice routine is one of the fastest ways to improve your throwing.
Nick Longo, Strength and Conditioning Coach at Colorado State University introduces the fundamental concepts of training for power, strength and injury prevention for throwing.
Developing explosive power is paramount to throwing far. Olympic lifts, when performed properly, will dramatically increase an athletes power and stability in the ring. Coach Longo breaks down the elements of the olympic lifts and demonstrates essential technique.
A ‘bread and butter’ lift in CSU’s strength training arsenal – in addition to being one of the best lifts to increase strength, power and stability, squats have been proven to have a positive influence on athletes physiology through the natural increase of growth hormone and testosterone. This creates an environment where the body is open to gains in strength and size. Coach Longo demonstrates proper technique that will keep athletes free of injury while maximizing their effectiveness.
The bench press is one of the most common lifts performed, however, it is also perhaps the lift that is most often performed incorrectly. In order to realize the most from this lift an athlete needs to understand how to engage the maximum amount of muscle while protecting the shoulders. Coach Longo provides the essentials on how to properly perform the Bench Press in order to lift the greatest amount of weight while preventing injury.
In throwing, power is generated from the hips at very specific depths. In order for strength to translate into throwing we need to replicate the movements and speed performed in the ring. This is where the Dumbbell Power Step-Up comes into play. By setting up the correct hip depth and combining it with a resisted explosive movement we can further enhance our power in the ring.
Everything we do in the weight room needs to have a direct translation and support what we do in the ring. This is especially true when it comes to strength training. Coach Bedard and Coach Longo do a deep dive into the philosophy behind CSU’s program. Discussing topics such as how often their athletes lift weights, what the program looks like during different times of the year, peaking for specific meets, balancing strength training with throwing, tips for high school coaches, challenges they face, avoiding overtraining and adapting to individual athletes needs. Some amazing insight into one of the country’s top strength training programs for throwers.
Part 2 of a behind the scenes look into CSU’s strength training program.

meet the instructor

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Brian Bedard instructor profile

Brain Bedard

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NCAA Champions
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MW Coach of the year
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All-American Performances
Considered by many to be the country’s leading expert on the discus and throwing events, he’s turned walk-ons into All-Americans. It’s a reputation that he earned and established over 35 years. Along the way he developed a system to handle the complexity of coaching all the throws events and successfully juggle the highly technical and distinct disciplines.
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THE E-LEARNING EXPERIENCE

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Brian Bedard teaching entry mechanics in the discus throw

Technique

The most effective way to progress through the entire throw.

The discus throw is one of the most technically demanding and misunderstood sports there is. Trying to learn the vast number of technical elements and piecing them all together can be extremely challenging and often leads to “information overload.”

But it doesn’t have to be that way. The coaching and training system that Brian Bedard has developed over the past 31 years is the most comprehensive and straightforward approach to learning and mastering each stage of the throw.

From day 1 you’ll be able implement key technical elements to improve distance and continually build your expertise as you progress through the course.

Drills

Everything revolves around increased performance in the ring.

Every drill, plyometric exercise and weight lifting session should convert directly to improving the throw. When learning technique it’s critical to implement drills that reinforce the proper biomechanics and coordination necessary to make them second nature.
Drills in the ring that are designed to train the muscles and nervous system to hit key positions
Drills outside of the ring, specific to throwing, that develop power, speed and injury prevention.
Detailed insight into one of the most successful strength training programs in the country so you can learn how to balance time in the weight room with throwing for maximum performance.
demonstration of being on balance at the start of the discus throw
russ winger olympic discus thrower interview

Coaching and Athlete Insight

Learn the lessons of a lifetime from a coach and athlete who have been where you are.

Coaching Insight: Go deeper into the technique and develop a true understanding of how it all fits together. These lessons provide additional insight on discus technique and the methodology taught throughout the course. They also cover often overlooked training topics such as developing the mental side of throwing, what Coach Bedard looks for when evaluating an athlete, over-coaching and more.

Athlete Insight: Get an athletes perspective on learning drills and technique from Olympian Casey Malone (NCAA champion, 2 time Olympian, PR of 68.49m/224-8ft) and Russ Winger (All-American, 2013 USA discus runner-up, PR 66.04m/216.6ft). They share their challenges and lessons learned after competing in the sport at the highest level.

CUSTOMERS REVIEWS

WHAT COACHES & ATHLETES ARE SAYING

I would just like to say thank you for putting such a valuable tool out there. I am a self-taught throws coach. Much of the early techniques I used were simply due to watching great throwers and trying to break down their throws. What you have put out there I have applied in my teaching and shared with my athletes and in just a few days it has improved our performance tremendously. Thank you very much.
Lee Leifeste
Throws Coach, Heritage HS, Corpus Christi, TX
I just recently purchased your throwing video and I wanted to say that I have bought many sets of videos, but yours is by far the most informative and simplest to understand. I have been the shot and discus coach here at Gruver ISD in Gruver, TX for the past 8 years, and although I have had a lot of help from others, and watched many videos, this set might have helped me the most yet.
Andrew Brockman
Throws Coach, Gruver ISD, Gruver, TX
These videos are worth it! I can't say enough on how it has already helped my son. Best investment I made so far for him in this sport. After the 3rd video I was so excited I ran to him and knew I found what could fix his slump. He didn't believe me. After he watched the 3rd video he sat up and really started paying attention and then stood and said mom they r showing what I'm doing wrong. Can we go try all this now?! Thank u! I can't express my thanks enough! These videos will be taking him to the next level.
Lily Tase
Parent of a HS Thrower

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