Coach Winckler applies his expertise to the area of program organization for your hurdlers. This process starts by identifying your training tasks and objectives. In a high school or middle school environment, Winckler believes it is important to identify groups of athletes that work well together. The training year consists of a general (4-8 weeks), specific (2-4 weeks) and competition phase (through the end of the season). General fitness, strength and endurance are the objectives of the general period. The specific preparation phase should focus on technique, speed and special endurance. Technical activities are performed when the athlete is fresh and learns at a higher level. Five segments of the workout session include the warm-up, technical aspects, power, strength and cool down. Winckler then takes the weekly training period and details each day of the week and the activities each day. Planning starts with training menus, which comprise all of the drills and exercises that will be used during the season.
In this video Gary Winckler oversees a hurdling session and delivers advice to a range of UK coaches.
Gary Winckler is the pre-eminent hurdles coach in the US today and is viewed by many as one of the top coaches in the world. His technical knowledge is internationally regarded in the sprints and hurdles and ten athletes under his direction have competed in every World Championships and Olympic Games since 1992 – and won medals of every colour. These athletes include Yvonne Harrison, Tonya Buford-Bailey and 2003 World Champion Perdita Felicien.