10 Adjustable Hurdles to Improve Agility, Speed and Overall Athletic Performance
I’ll be honest when I first started researching into what adjustable hurdles were on the market – I didn’t expect to find that many.
I expected maybe, two or three types from the usual ‘suspects’ – but more than 10? I didn’t see that coming…
Having a background in fitness and conditioning and having a solid foundation of soccer influence (both playing and coaching), I was always ‘destined’ to combine the two disciplines together at some point in my coaching career.
Soccer + Fitness & Conditioning.
At the time I first started it sounded like a perfect recipe. And of course, it is. But it doesn’t just need to stop at soccer.
I mean, I don’t need to stress the importance of having players that are physically in shape to meet the demands of their chosen sport – whether that’s soccer, athletics, football or any other sport.
There was an issue however.
How, was I meant to travel with, and transport (carry) a load of fitness and conditioning equipment to multiple sessions at multiple venues throughout the day? Have you seen the shape of some of these things?!
I was lucky for the most part as a lot of places I coached at, had a lot of the equipment I needed. But, there was of course, a fair amount of venues and places I coached at, that had no more than the grass you stood on.
Even now, with a car I don’t really like packing my car full of training equipment. Not only can it be a huge stress to carry a load of equipment everywhere you go, but the amount of time wasted packing and unpacking equipment all the time can be huge.
So when I came across the idea of adjustable hurdles – I was, as you’d expect a little intrigued.
- Are they safe?
- Do they actually do what you want them to do?
- Can they actually save me space – and time?
- How much are they?
- Where can I get them?
These were all questions I had – so off I went on the prowl to find out more.
Here’s what I came back with;
#1 – Adjustable Hurdles Come in Different Shapes and Sizes
This is great not only for personal choice, but so you have the option of choosing a design that suits your specific athletes.
Higher level athletes might relate better to SKLZ products while, foundation sports participants (such as young school children) might relate better to the adjustable hurdles from S&S Worldwide for example. (more on those below)
#2 – Adjustable Hurdles Can Save Space
Instead of carrying, transporting and storing multiple size hurdles, you’ve only got one set to worry about, and that’s it.
This, I like…very much!
#3 – Adjustable Hurdles Can Be Highly Versatile:
This kind of comes back to the first point.
As you’ll see below, some adjustable hurdle sets allow not only simple hurdle jumps and step overs but also bigger and more complicated movements. Fantastic if you want to progress and increase the challenge for your players and athletes.
#4 – Adjustable Hurdles Are Easy To Carry and Transport:
Most of adjustable hurdles sold below, come with a carry case making everything just that little bit easier to use on a daily basis.
…no more loose hurdles lying all over the place.
#5 – Adjustable Hurdles Are Highly Durable:
No change here really – hurdles have always been pretty durable. But, we all like to see a standard kept.
Adjustable Hurdles for Sale: What’s on the Market at The Moment?
Below you’ll find a list of various different adjustable hurdles, their unique features and what athlete or player they would suit best.
I’ve also tried to find any ‘cons’ or ‘negatives’ from reviews and personal experience.
If I’ve missed anything out, please don’t hesitate to let me know!
#1: Set of 5 Adjustable Hurdles from Trademark Innovations
These adjustable hurdles from Tradmark Innovations come with 2 height adjustments;
Perfect for progressing a specific drill. You’ve also got the option of two colors as well;
- Orange (As seen in the picture)
- Lime green
If you’re simply looking to save a bit of space and have a set of adjustable hurdles that are simple to set up – you won’t go far wrong with these ones.
These are great if you’re looking to use them for speed and agility training for all sports.
#2: Champion Sports Adjustable Training Hurdle
But it’s for good reason. With the Champion Sports Adjustable Training Hurdle, you not only have 11, yes eleven, heights to adjust it to. The adjustment ranges from 6” way up to 42”. Pretty impressive.
It also comes with a handy little safety feature – It’ll collapse if hit.
These hurdles are better suited for track athletes to practice on.
#3: SKLZ Speed Hurdle Pro – Multi Height Quick Adjustment Hurdle
Here’s a set of innovative looking hurdles from SKLZ.
With three adjustment heights;
- 6 “
Naturally, as with most SKLZ products it comes with a nice carry case to keep everything organized and easy to store and you also get a user guide too.
It is worth noting though, that the not only do you have to spend a little extra time packing the hurdles into the bag so that they all fit properly, which can turn out to be a bit of a drag, but if you’ve got beginners using them they may not hold up as long as you’d hoped.
That said however, due to their unique design, they do allow for some creative sessions and drills to be born!
While people have used them with younger children, I would probably recommend using them with players and athletes aged 12+.
#4: World Sport Adjustable Hurdle Set
As with a couple others above, you’ve got two height options of 6” and 12” and a really neat carry case that comes with plenty of space.
They also come in a pack 6, so compared to others on the list you getting more bang for your buck.
Perfect for teams and players of all ages.
#5: Wacces Quick Adjustment Speed Training & Agility Hurdles
They come in a lime green color which makes them easier to see in poor light (think winter training).
The biggest selling point of the Wacces is that you get 9 hurdles in each set – which is perfect if you’re more concerned about the amount of hurdles you need for your players and athletes.
Again like most of our other hurdles, you got the option of two heights; 6” and 12”.
Again great for all ages and abilities.
#6: CougarFit Speed Hurdles (Set of 5)
They all fold up for easy storage – not really much else to say here apart from they’ll be great for all ages and abilities.
#7: Champion Adjustable Hurdle Kit
The bag of course, not only makes everything really easy to store and transport, but saves time wrestling to put your hurdles back in the bag when training is finished!
2 adjustable heights at; 9” and 12” and 6 hurdles per set.
Again, perfect for all ages and abilities.
#8: Trademark Innovations Adjustable Hurdle Cone Set
Another set here from Trademark Innovations. This time, with a different set up and design.
Now what’s great about these hurdles is you’ve got 9 different heights to adjust them to, ranging from 4” right up to 19” – which is fantastic for really young player’s right up to adults.
Also due to the design, you’ve potentially got the freedom to get a little creative with the setup.
Unfortunately though, again due to the design you might have a few issues keeping them in place on windy days. If you’re using them indoors though – they might just be what you need.
It’s also worth noting that the setup time might be a little longer – which could slow things a little.
Again, suitable for all ages and abilities.
#9: SKLZ Set of 5 Adjustable Speed Hurdles
Like most of our other hurdles with this design, the SKLZ comes with two adjustable heights.
Again, like most of their product range, SKLZ have gone into great detail on their hurdles which you can find on their product page here.
#10: Champion Sports Agility Hurdle Set
Back again with another Champion Sports hurdle set.
This time a slightly different design.
With 4 hurdles, 8 poles, 4 crossbars, 8 clips and 8 dome bases – there’s a fair old amount of pieces. Now this can be seen in two different ways.
It could be seen as an absolute nuisance – and, I would complete agree with you where some sessions and uses are concerned. You’ll want as few pieces to setup and pack away as possible.
If that’s you’re aim, then I would recommend going with another smaller, easier to manage hurdle set.
It can however be seen in a slightly different light.
Not only can the pieces double up for other training uses but you’ve also got the ability to get a little creative with how you set them up.
You can even use the poles as agility poles if you want. Fantastic for all-round speed and agility development of your players and athletes.
All depends on what your objective is.