Ellie Spain
ALTIS Director of Education

Olympic trials underway for ALTIS athletes this weekend

This week sees ALTIS once again go global, as athletes contest Championship meets in Africa, Trinidad, St Lucia and Great Britain. For others, Canada and San Diego are the destinations for this weekend, as athletes embark on their final competition preparations prior to the US Olympic Trials. June 22nd Aileen Meagher Track Classic - Halifax, Nova Scotia Dominique Booker finished...

ALTIS partners with Connor Sports

Phoenix, AZ - June 1st, 2016 - ALTIS is proud to announce a new partnership introducing Connor Sports as their official Track Surface Provider. Connor Sports, a US market leader in sports surfacing, have designed more sports surfacing systems than any other U.S. sports surfacing manufacturer. They boast a client base of international federations, Olympic organizing committees, professional sports teams,...

Communication – Maximizing Impact in Coaching

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that words have power: The effective use of words can fast-track learning, build emotional connections, develop mutual trust, and bolster positive coach-athlete relationships. Communication – the spectrum When thinking about communication, many of us think in the context of words alone. However, the way we communicate with the world has many more layers than that....

The road to ALTIS

This week's staff blog-post is written by Jerod Carnahan, who shares the route he took to becoming a Performance Therapy at ALTIS. As a Performance Therapist at ALTIS, the two questions that I get asked the most by visiting coaches or therapists are: Why did you become a therapist? How did you come to work with ALTIS? Likewise, people I...

World Leads tumble

Following on from some searing openers last week, this weekend saw another torrent of stand-out performances; including National Records, World Leads, an Olympic Qualifier, multiple Personal Records and Season's Best marks from ALTIS athletes across the West Coast. Mt. SAC Relays The 58th Annual event at the Cerritos Campus delivered on expectations, with a host of eye-opening performances from the...

Planning Year Round Training

PLANNING YEAR ROUND TRAINING Don’t be married to the paper - think outside the box… By Rohsaan Griffin Planning a long-range training scheme is a complex task: A task which should include thought processes considering multiple layers of progressions, plans, and contingencies. If considered carefully, long range plans can serve as a blueprint to shaping and directing athletic potential; tantamount...

Series 16: Aries Merritt

What better way to start Series 16, our new athlete-based feature, than an exclusive with World Record Holder and reigning Olympic Champion Aries Merritt. Aries has been an integral part of the success at ALTIS, his medal at the World Championships in Beijing last summer an unbelievable accomplishment given that he revealed he had been struggling with the biggest hurdle...

Return to Play: A Case Study with Freelap Technology

In this post ALTIS Coach Kyle Hierholzer discusses the use of the Freelap Timing System and its use during training to prepare our athletes. In my previous post, Returning to Play the Altis Way, I discussed five major principles that contribute to an effective return to competition for injured athletes. These principles are: Gathering Information Having Entire Performance Staff on the...

Keys to Success in the Throws

This week's blog-post - written by ALTIS throws coach - Nick Sheuerman looks into some of the fundamental components of developing successful throwers. It is vital for throws coaches to have an in-depth understanding of the multitude of factors involved in successful performance in the throws. I have been honored to learn about these factors from a number of highly...

Jodie Williams teams up with ALTIS

Great Britain athlete Jodie Williams is set to spend time training in Phoenix as she prepares for the Olympic Games in Rio. The European and Commonwealth medallist has announced she is to concentrate on her individual events of the 200m and 400m ahead of next summer. She will maintain her UK coach Christine Bowmaker, whilst tapping into the expertise at...
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