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Sprinting: It’s Just Like Riding A Bike … Until It’s Not

“It’s just like riding a bike” This is a phrase that refers to a learned skill that is retained over time; if you learned how to ride a bike as a kid, even years later, it's hard to forget.   You have probably ridden a bike, and can attest to the above — but have you ever taught someone else how...

Changing Lives Beyond the Weight Room

Strength and Conditioning is about much more than just force outputs and fitness tests targeting high performance.  This was the topic of discussion when Dave Hembrough joined Jason Hettler for a recent ALTIS podcast episode.  In the early stages of Dave’s career he found himself working with a variety of athletes at the Olympic, Commonwealth, and World Championship levels. This...

The Coach’s Eye

The following is an excerpt from the Need for Speed digital course. When you watch an athlete move, where do your eyes go? What are you looking for? Do you have a consistent pattern of analysis? Where do you stand? What plane do you observe most? Where do you start looking?  The feet, the hips, the shoulders? What are you most comfortable watching?...

Jumping: A Skill and A Science

Current ALTIS Apprentice, Mohammad Nourani, drew from his experiences competing and working in multiple sports to put together this comprehensive resource on various jumps. This article will examine the basics of jump biomechanics, as well as compare and contrast jumps in separate sports, to show commonalities.  Enjoy! Despite the purpose, intent, and outcomes of jumps across various sports being different,...

Project Management with Mohammad Nourani

This episode of the ALTIS Podcast features guest Mohammad Nourani and is hosted by Jason Hettler. Mohammad is currently employed by NASA and has a degree in Engineering as well as an MBA. He also ran track collegiately and has 4 years experience coaching track and volleyball. The combination of these experiences means that Mohammad brings an interesting perspective to...

Anaerobic Speed Reserve with Dr. Gareth Sandford

Check out this Two-Part Podcast Series featuring Dr. Gareth Sandford and hosted by Strength & Power Coach, Jason Hettler. Gareth and Jason were members of our first Intern group in the Spring of 2014. Following his internship, Gareth joined Athletics New Zealand as a Performance Physiologist and completed his PhD with Auckland University of Technology. He is currently a Post-Doctoral...

Guest Post: How to use the ALTIS Kinogram Method in Tennis

This post comes courtesy of Matt Kuzdub. Matt's best known for creating www.mattspoint.com - an online platform for all things tennis training - including coaching, articles and ebooks. He also coaches a small group of elite players (college & pro), both on and off the tennis court. Previously, Matt was the lead sport scientist at 'Train with PUSH' and holds an MSc...

A Practical Guide to Training during Ramadan

Written by Mohammad Nourani — current intern coach at ALTIS and former NCAA collegiate athlete. Every Ramadan is said to be unique, and 2020 is no exception. The current global pandemic has added additional hurdles for Muslim athletes, who now have to find even more creative ways to train, on top of dealing with the challenges of Ramadan. Not that...

Hurdle Spacing Considerations – A Primer

In the article following, world renowned hurdles Coach - Andreas Behm shares an excerpt from the ALTIS Track & Field Series Course he is currently authoring: 'Coaching the Sprint Hurdles' . This course will be released later this year so stay tuned for more information dropping later this summer! A couple of questions I often get asked by coaches are:...

The Role of Nutrition in Peak Performance

“There are still too many opportunities being missed between areas of expertise. Whoever can bridge these gaps will trigger the next wave of innovation and solutions.” To maximize the preparation of the elite athlete, a multitude of service providers have to be in place.  At the center is always the athlete.  Extending out from there, is the coach, the medical team, the...
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