Ellie Kormis
ALTIS Director of Education

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...

Highlights: Athletigen Performance Therapy Program

Following hot on the heels of the March edition of the Gill Athletics Apprentice Coach Program, this past weekend saw the successful conclusion of the second Athletigen Performance Therapy Program. Over the four day program, Athletigen PTP guests were treated to a world-class line up of lectures featuring WAC Medical Director - Dr Gerry Ramogida; Director of Education - Coach...

Coaching the Individual in the Athlete

In this week's blog-post, Altis Coaches Program Coordinator & Throws Coach - Nick Sheuerman shares some philosophical insights into pedagogy and the art of coaching the individual. The following is a collection of thoughts on coaching amassed during the short span of my career so far, and from working with some of the most talented, yet humble mentors I could...

Digging Deeper: Post-Competition & Post-Season debriefs

In Kyle Hierholzer's previous blog-post, Altis Combined Events & Jumps Coach discussed daily debrief strategies and methods for creating an environment conducive to stimulating open communication. In this follow up post, Kyle takes a deeper look into the art of the debrief, and discusses methods used at Altis pertaining to Post-Competition and Post-Season debriefs. The Post-Competition debrief Historically, debriefs originated...

Upright Sprinting

Following on from Coach Chidi Enyia's blog-post on Acceleration, WAC Sprints & Jumps Coach - Dustin Imdieke examines the next piece in the speed puzzle - upright sprinting and the mechanics of maximum velocity. Dating back to the ancient Olympic games, people have been fascinated with exploring and pushing the limits of how fast humans sprint. During the previous century...

The week that was…

In a week which marked the ending of a dominant start to 2015 for Altis, this week's performance highlights include Personal Records, a National Championships medal and a World Championship win in the Bobsled. “It’s been a really successful indoor season” said Performance Director Stuart McMillan. “We saw a number of Personal Records and a few of our athletes competed...

Another World Leading result from Altis

This week produced a series of Personal Records as in-form athletes continued to gain competitive momentum. The highlight of the past 7 days undoubtedly came from Christabel Nettey - who on Thursday night during a thrilling competition at the XL Galan in Stockholm, leapt to a World Leading mark; shattering the Canadian national Long Jump record. Stockholm, Sweden Christabel Nettey...

The Altis Internship Experience

Coach Mike Boykin is mid-way through a year-long, full-time Internship with Altis. A recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mike formerly served as a volunteer assistant coach with the women’s sprints, hurdles, and multi-events under the tutelage of Nate Davis and Ed Nuttycombe. Prior to joining Altis, Mike interned with various teams at UW-Madison, Quinnipiac University, and Northeastern University....