Ellie Spain
ALTIS Director of Education

Gill ACP – May Highlights

With the last Gill ACP of the 2014-2015 season less than a week away, we took a look back through the highlights of May’s Gill Apprentice Coach Program. Once again the week long session delivered on the promise of being a fully interactive, world-leading coach education experience; with presentations from Dr Jeremy Koenig, Brett Bartholomew, Nick Winkelman and Coach Dan...

National Records tumble

Another international feast of competition delivered a series of standout performances for Altis athletes this weekend. Whilst the sprint crew featured in the US, Cayman and China – with highlights including a South African National Record - the jumpers battled it out in the desert heat of Doha and Arizona, matching the rising mercury with standout performances including a Paralympic...

Coaching High School Athletes

Hailing from Illinois, Jeff Boele spent his formative years in the Chicago suburbs, followed by 9 years in the southern part of the state near St. Louis. In 2005 he moved with his wife to Boulder, CO. The 36 year old English Education Graduate has now been coaching for 15 years in a variety of capacities, most recently Lyon High...

All Jelly and No Toast

Having been an All-American in Track and USA national team member in Bobsled, Nic Taylor is no stranger to high performance. Following his competitive career, Nic held coaching stints with UCLA and the United States Olympic Committee. Now Taylor - a Sports Psychology Graduate, and husband to two-time Olympic medalist Elana - is settled in Phoenix where he leads Altis'...

Creating a performance environment

A graduate of Grand Valley State University, Jason Hettler is now Strength & Power Coach at Altis. With experience coaching across a variety of sports - including soccer, baseball and softball, Jason first arrived in Phoenix the spring of 2014 to complete a Altis Internship - where he has since remained; fast becoming an integral part of our performance coaching...

Athletigen Performance Therapy Program – April highlights

Sunday marked the successful completion of the inaugural trilogy of the Athletigen Performance Therapy Program. In what was described by Altis Medical Director - Dr Gerry Ramogida - as a “nonstop education tsunami” the four day event involved a unique collaboration between coaches and therapists from around the world - intent on synergistic sharing and learning. “Through Performance Therapy, we...

10 Reasons why you should form a coaching partnership or team

Written by Altis Performance Director and Sprint Coach - Stuart McMillan, this week's blog-post features an eye-opening examination into the pre-requisites involved in operating within a team coaching environment, and the consequent merits of forging such a bond. Introduction "I’ve never done anything solo — except take tests.” - Bill Gates Chapter 1 of Michael Eisner’s book Working Together is...

Practice Rhythm & Flow

This week's blog-post features an intriguing musical journey with Coach Andreas Behm - as he conducts an eclectic exploration into the effect of rhythm and flow, and the impact this has on coaching. I am fascinated by rhythm. Rhythm surrounds us, is ingrained in us. Tides, seasons, magnetic-fields, heartbeats, breathing patterns, walking, dancing, stoplights, ceiling-fans. If you know this about...

Altis partners with Movement Restoration

Altis is excited to today unveil the launch of a strategic partnership with leading Arizona massage therapy practice - Movement Restoration; a move set to further advance the industry-leading services offered to Altis athletes. With a notable record of serving long-term clients including Olympians and Professional sports-people, Movement Restoration founder, and one of Arizona’s most sought-after massage therapists - Trisha...

Coaching and Fishing

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mike Boykin is Events Director and Assistant Coach at Altis. Prior to joining Altis, Mike interned with various teams at UW-Madison, Quinnipiac University, and Northeastern University. He has also interned at Cressey Performance, a private training facility outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Mike is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. In...
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