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Laconic Coaching

ALTIS performance director - Stuart McMillan takes the helm this week, with a look into what ancient history can teach the coaches of today. “He who knows how to speak, knows also when” - Archidamidas Lately, I have been reading a lot on ancient history. I especially enjoy books on ancient Greek history and philosophy. It was a fascinating culture,...

Keys to Success in the Throws

This week's blog-post - written by ALTIS throws coach - Nick Sheuerman looks into some of the fundamental components of developing successful throwers. It is vital for throws coaches to have an in-depth understanding of the multitude of factors involved in successful performance in the throws. I have been honored to learn about these factors from a number of highly...

By the Numbers

Coach Andreas Behm takes the mantle for this week's staff blog-post, as he takes a journey through time to explore the realities of what this reveals and exposes in the world of Track & Field. A few days ago I purposefully locked myself in my bathroom and sat fully clothed in my bath tub with the curtain drawn - for...

Returning to Play the Altis Way

Written by Coach Kyle Hierholzer, this week's blog-post explores the methods used by Altis staff in the rehabilitation of injured athletes. In the sporting world it is inevitable that injuries are going to happen during a long term athletic career - whether they be chronic, acute, catastrophic, or just minor niggles. Whilst it is true that the risk of sustaining...

Talking about warm-up?!?

This week's blog-post, written by ALTIS sprints & jumps coach Dustin Imdieke, explores the true value of a mindfully designed and executed warm up. “Practice?!? We talking about practice.” Allen Iverson famously made this statement 22 times to a group of reporters following the Philadelphia 76’ers elimination from the 2002 NBA playoffs. As the MVP of the league, Iverson made...

Working at ALTIS

Have you ever wondered what it's like to work for ALTIS? Well, the guesswork is over! This week’s blog-post by ALTIS Strength & Power Coach – Jason Hettler reveals a behind the scenes insight into his working environment on a daily basis. A recent visitor to one of our practices posed the following question to me: “What is your favorite...

Why can’t we run faster? Expertise over conventional wisdom: The case for coach development

This week's blog-post written by Education Director - Kevin Tyler - explores contemporary coach development models, and reveals the latest on ALTIS education initiatives. In recent weeks I have read a number of articles in the popular media on sprint performance and training theory. These articles are grounded in popular opinions on why athletes aren’t performing up to world standard,...

The Minority Report

In the second of this season's blog-post installments, ALTIS Coach - Natasha Harvey explores some of the challenges faced by minority groups in the coaching profession, and suggests solutions to overcoming them. In a recent interview with ALTIS’ Digital Media Lead - Ian Warner, I was asked to shed light on what it’s like to be me. Not Natasha Harvey;...

Becoming a coach in the Twitter age

I often find myself wondering whether Twitter is a blessing or a curse as we develop and learn on our journey as coaches. It is a wonderful resource, and a great instrument for building networks – enabling us to forge links with others on an intercontinental basis. It allows us to learn in our own time, from a vast number...

Lessons from the IAAF World Championships – Dustin Imdieke

Recently I had the privilege of traveling to Beijing for the IAAF World Championships. At these Championships, I represented ALTIS, and was on the coaching staff for Norway, as the personal coach to Isabelle Pedersen. Prior to Beijing, we held a ten day holding camp in Hong Kong. This was my first experience at a Major Championship, and I was...
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