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What is weakness, anyway?

In this article, Dr. Ramogida, who has decades of experience working with elite athletes - including roles with British Athletics prior to the 2012 Olympics, The Golden State Warriors and The Seattle Seahawks - shares his groundbreaking perspective on the often-misunderstood concept of "weakness" in athletes. Through a deep dive into the importance of fascial health and its impact on...

Think, Reflect, Excel: The Socratic Method in Coaching

Socratic questioning, a concept inspired by the ancient philosopher Socrates, is all about sparking deeper thought and reflection through probing questions. For coaches, this approach can be a game-changer. It moves beyond traditional instruction, inviting athletes to think critically about their actions, motivations, and the intricacies of their sport. John Wooden, the revered UCLA basketball coach, perfectly exemplified this approach....

The ALTIS Assessment Protocol

Assessing speed and movement We are often called in to work with professional teams who bring us in to consult on specific movement or speed-related issues.  In the next 2-minutes we share our Assessment Protocol, which is our first port of call for triaging what matters, and what actions to take.  Example assessment - Baseball Our assessment process follows four...

Three things I no Longer do in my Coaching…

Dive into the transformative coaching journey of Boo Schexnayder, a mastermind in track and field, as he unveils pivotal changes to his training regimen for horizontal jumpers. With a focus on precision over volume, targeted intensity, and a strategic return to foundational strength training, Schexnayder's approach is reshaping the landscape of athletic development. Discover how these insights can revolutionize your...

Dan Pfaff: The Essential Blueprint for Effective Sports Training

This insightful excerpt is from Coach Dan Pfaff's weekly newsletter, "Between the Lines." Topic for the week In this article, we explore what - in my view - form the hallmarks of sound methodology and effective coaching strategy in a coaching program. This article is intended to offer input for coaches seeking guidance in creating and evaluating programs that not only achieve...

Beyond the Track: A 24-7 Approach to Sporting Excellence

Every pre-season, I have individual sit-downs with the athletes I work with, diving into the essence of commitment to their sport. I make it clear that being an athlete isn't just about those 15-20 hours a week spent training; it's a 24-7 pursuit. It's an all-encompassing, interconnected way of living. "We're aiming for an 8/10 across the board," I tell...

Alternate Methods for Developing Strength, Power & Mobility – Dan Pfaff

During the past decades no biomotor quality has been explored in scientific research studies more so than strength. We have seen entire industries evolve around this concept through the endless search for an easier, faster way to athletic excellence. Machines, nutritional supplements, training programs, exercise routines, etc. have been examined, proposed, and exalted by just about anyone actively involved with...

The Shuffle Start & Goodhart’s Law: when good enough is good enough

The so-called shuffle start has been making waves in the last few years, especially among elite circles [and most-especially in the United States]. It is characterized by a low projection angle from the blocks, an ultra-low heel recovery [often seen as a toe-drag], and a high step frequency. This may be a controversial take, but I’ve long believed that this...

The Paradox of Performance: Power Meets Grace

The performance of an athlete, in its most exquisite form, is a dynamic interplay of power and grace. A spectacle that mesmerizes us as it seamlessly blends fluidity with ferocity, combines violence with peace, and merges aggression with elegance. It's an art form where strength and subtlety coexist, creating a harmonious symphony of human potential. There's a reason Ali's motto...

The Nested Dynamics of Speed: Lessons from Russian Dolls

Russian dolls, known as Matryoshka dolls, are hollow wooden figurines originating from Russia.  They nest inside each other, with the smallest doll at the center. They are adorned with vibrant colors and intricate designs. Matryoshka dolls symbolize family, generations, and Russian culture.  They are collected and cherished worldwide as decorative items. But what the heck have they got to do...

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