Stuart McMillan
ALTIS CEO

Do the Work

“First say to yourself what you would be, and then do what you have to do.” Epictetus How do we get comfortable with the uncomfortable? By leaning into the discomfort.   Analyze high performers in any domain - sport, business, art, etc., and you will find that one commonality is that high performers don’t wait for inspiration - they simply ...

Embrace Change

Anyway - the point to all of this is to talk 'Embrace the Suck'. Next month, in an attempt to reduce my ‘limbic friction’ - i.e. to reduce the gap between intention and action - I will be running 5 miles, trap-bar deadlifting 100 kilos 100 times, and doing 100 push-ups - every day, for a month.   This will be...

Limbic Friction

A few years back, I asked my buddy Brian MacKenzie if he could come out to Phoenix, and present at an ALTIS Apprentice Coach Program.  He said he’d love to - but could he bring a friend?  Seems he was working with this friend on some stuff around fear and breathing.   I said - “absolutely! That sounds cool.  Let’s do it!” Turned out that...

Embrace the Suck

“Embrace the Suck” The first person I heard say this was David Goggins a few years back. Goggins’ slogan is rooted in the assertion that we are - generally - pretty soft.  As soon as something becomes overly challenging, we stop - we find a way not to do it, or an easier way to do it.  We impose limits...

Top-Down or Bottom-Up?

How can we employ a Performance Therapy Methodology (systems thinking) in a team sport environment?  I have been thinking about this for a few years now and our team here at ALTIS recently sat down to discuss it at some length. While I think I’m pretty confident in how this could be done effectively, we first need to understand the...

Stop Dragging Your Toes: Part VI

Welcome back to the final part of this series on the ‘toe-drag phenomenon’.   Thanks for sticking with me here! What was supposed to be just a short post on this somewhat controversial topic, has ended up being a six-parter - which honestly, could go on forever!  I tried writing this succinctly, but the reality is that much of what I...

Stop Dragging Your Toes: Part V

In part IV, I discussed the general framework by which we go about designing our input (in this specific case, the ‘technical’ input of block clearance and early acceleration).  In part V, I’d like to take it a step further, and discuss how we do this in practice - i.e. what are the next steps in determining how each athlete...

Stop Dragging your Toes: Part IV

Thanks for sticking with me.   What started as a short post on the toe-drag silliness, has somehow taken on a life of its own, and is now going on 10,000 words.  Apologies - but I really think the context is required here; to unpack this properly, we need to peel back a few layers.   And don’t worry - we are...

Stop Dragging Your Toes: part III

At the end of part II, I asked the question:  “Is the goal for the athlete to drag her toe, or is it for her to have an effective and efficient block clearance and initial acceleration”? Hopefully, we can all agree that the goal is to be effective and efficient.  So that said, before moving forward to describing the process...

Stop Dragging your Toes: part II

Thanks for coming back.   In part I, I offered my thoughts on why the ‘toe-drag’ is not the be-all / end-all it is often made out to be, and in fact, a practice I would discourage in almost all instances. To promote  ‘low heel recovery’ is often offered as the reason why coaches instruct athletes to drag their toes -...
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