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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 -...

Stop Dragging Your Toes!

Over the last 15 years or so, there has been a debate in the track and field world around the recovery height of the heels during early acceleration in sprinting.  We actually don’t obsess over ‘low recovery of heel’ in the initial steps, but we understand why many do.   Many of the world’s top sprinters’ heel recovery is so low...

Book Review: Think and Grow Rich

I was late to the party. I’ve just read the oft-recommended, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Unpopular opinion….I would not recommend. Maybe my expectations were too high due to the publicity this book receives. Maybe I’m too big a fan of Mastery by Robert Greene and not ready to allow another book of similar content to surpass it. Either way, I didn’t find the...

The Role of Nutrition in Peak Performance

“There are still too many opportunities being missed between areas of expertise. Whoever can bridge these gaps will trigger the next wave of innovation and solutions.” To maximize the preparation of the elite athlete, a multitude of service providers have to be in place.  At the center is always the athlete.  Extending out from there, is the coach, the medical team, the...

2019-2020 Reflections Pt. I Chinese National Sprint Team

As part of our continued partnership with the Chinese Athletics Association our Strength & Power Coach Jason Hettler has joined their National Sprint Team to aid in the preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games. Continue reading to hear about Jason’s experiences thus far. ... There’s something vastly different about an Olympic year in Track and Field.  But who am I...

I’m an idiot

“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”  Francis Bacon I’ve got a confession to make.  In my best of 2019 Book List, I included my good friend Dr. John Berardi’s book Change Maker.   And I probably should not have.   Here’s why. If you have read a few of my ‘best-of’...

Medium-term Planning For Reaction-based Programming

Derek Evely is one of the world’s foremost experts on the theory and methodology of training, with a special interest in the work of Dr. Anatoliy Bondarchuk (Derek was the person responsible for bringing Dr. B to North America, and Dr. B lived in Derek’s basement for 5 years!) Derek - along with our great friend, journalist, coach, and super-historian...

Polarization Of Intensity

This short excerpt is from Module 4; Section 6 of the Foundation Course, entitled ‘Loading Methods’. Module 4 is an awesome Module, written primarily by our friends Derek Evely and PJ Vazel. This section includes an introduction to polarized training - an increasingly topical subject over the last few years, as well as a few case-studies, describing its use with...

Coach Stuart McMillan’s Best Books of 2019

I’m not a book critic, so I’m not going to give a critique, as I have occasionally done in the past.   Rather, I will simply share a list of what were important books for me in 2019.  Many of them have appeared on many other lists, and will no doubt be familiar to you.  If this is the case - if many...
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