Adarian Barr is a track and field coach, inventor, and owner of Barrunning, a company based out of Woodland, California, that teaches athletes the fundamentals of balance and the role of the foot in human performance. His collegiate track and field coaching stops have included UW-Superior, Indiana State, and UNC Pembroke. Adarian has nine inventions to his name, from footwear to sleds to exercise devices.
Coach Barr earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University in 1996. He was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Health, Physical Education, and Fitness from Cal State-Chico in 2000. Adarian is a USATF Level II coach in the sprints, jumps, hurdles, and relays. His work on speed and biomechanics is being adapted by many coaches who want a deeper understanding of the innate function of the body.
Adarian discusses his ideas on sprinting and timing, reasoning that the majority of athletes revert to their natural form when sprinting at max effort, making most modern cues redundant. He dives into all things speed, including sprint posture, breathing, foot strike, and other technical aspects.
In this podcast, Coach Adarian Barr and Joel discuss:
- Adarian’s unique coaching style, which differs from many in the field.
- The “high knees” cue and its effectiveness.
- Coaching an athlete’s arms for maximum efficiency in sprinting and jumping.
- Posture and breathing applications for the athlete.
- The most effective way to coach triple extension in sprinting and jumping.
- Creating torque to apply force effectively.
Podcast total run time is 1:04:36.
Keywords: track and field, jumping, sprint mechanics, timing