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Jamaican Swagger

Back in 2013, I wrote the following post while I was staying in Jamaica with my buddy Donovan Bailey. Aside from doing a lot of nothing, I spent a ton of time at tracks, talking to coaches, watching young athletes train, talking to former athletes, and trying to further understand what exactly it is about this tiny island that enables...

The Joneses

"the leaves of a tree delight us more than the roots"Tolstoy We have a natural proclivity to gravitate towards that which is new, and exciting. The newest Apple product, the bigger house, the faster car; we're on a never-ending quest to out-do each other. And ourselves.  Just two decades ago, things that were new, or didn't even exist, are now...

Celebrating International Women’s Day

ALTIS have teamed up with The Female Coaching Network (FCN) for this year's International Women's Day (IWD), to celebrate the community of female Track & Field coaches around the globe. Female coaches in Track & Field are under-represented, particularly at the elite end of the sport. During the World Athletics Championships in 2019, less than 2% of all competing athletes had...

Inaugural Women in Coaching Mentorship kicks off

We care deeply about supporting female coaches, and have been disappointed by the pace of change in the support being made available to women in coaching. Yes, there have been some monumental improvements in the last 30-40 years - but they are far and few between. A recent study ‘Achieving Gender Equity in High Performance Athletics Coaching in the U.K’  shared...

ALTIS Foundation Scholarship Award

Phoenix, AZ, February 5, 2021 – ALTIS, and the ALTIS Foundation, are proud to announce the inaugural recipient of the ALTIS Foundation Scholarship Award - The Track and Field Program at Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU), located in Charlotte, North Carolina. In keeping with the Foundation’s terms, the $50,000 grant will be distributed in four annual installments of $12,500, through...

#EmbraceTheSuck

Over the last week, I have been sharing my thoughts on ‘leaning into discomfort’ as a way to reduce ‘limbic friction’, and how we can seek out such opportunities.   Starting February 1st, myself - as well as a few friends and colleagues from around the world (won’t you join us?) will be ‘embracing the suck’, by doing something sucky...

Introducing … ALTIS Connect!

In March of last year, we sadly made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming Apprentice Coach Program due to the escalating Covid pandemic.  Little did we know at the time that almost a year later, and we are no closer to welcoming guests back to ALTIS for any in-person Programs.   The upside? The amazing February all-women’s ACP is the...

Try a Little Suckiness

As I previously wrote, the embrace the suck concept first resonated with me a few years back. To bring a little suckiness into my life, I resolved to do something that sucked every day.  I generally stuck to physical things - but this also included more psychologically challenging things as well (such as reading articles, books, etc. that went against...

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...
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