Ellie Kormis
ALTIS Director of Education

The making of Altis

With the new Altis brand launched this week, we caught up with Peter Simmons (PS) and Ryan McNamara (RM) from our branding team, 5or6, to get an insight into our journey developing the new name and logo. Why the change? PS - The business has grown so much since its inception. The brand needed to reflect the growth of the company....

Record breaking weekend

The spotlight was on the North West this weekend, as the Phoenix-based trio of Christabel Nettey, Anaso Jobodwana, and Aries Merrit delivered in sparkling style at the IAAF Diamond League in Eugene, Oregon - coming away with no less than two National Records, and a full complement of podium finishes. With wind-legal leaps of 6.99m & 6.96m Christabel Nettey put...

A week at Altis

Traveling from his base at the Hong Kong Sports Institute, Coach Chris Gallagher arrived at Altis for the first time in May 2015 to attend the Gill Apprentice Coach Program. Following his return home, Chris wrote to us about his experiences. It's been a while since we shared the inside view on what we do here from a visiting Coach's...

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...