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ALTIS 360 Highlight – Coach Like a Caveman by Nick Winkelman

Did you know the Free Resources section on our site includes full-length presentations from ALTIS 360 to give viewers an idea of what they can expect on the platform? The latest addition to this group of videos comes courtesy of Dr. Nick Winkelman. Read the summary below from Strength & Power Coach Jason Hettler to learn more about this fantastic presentation and then head over to the Free...

Hurdle Spacing Considerations – A Primer

In the article following, world renowned hurdles Coach - Andreas Behm shares an excerpt from the ALTIS Track & Field Series Course he is currently authoring: 'Coaching the Sprint Hurdles' . This course will be released later this year so stay tuned for more information dropping later this summer! A couple of questions I often get asked by coaches are:...

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...

Coordination, Categorization, & Self-Reflection

The ALTIS Apprentice Coach Program (ACP) was designed as a reaction to traditional coach education. A landscape that Russell Ackoff summarized when he stated, "The educational system is not dedicated to produce learning by students, but teaching by teachers - and teaching is a major obstruction to learning." Furthering on this, former ALTIS ACP guest-presenter Dr. John Berardi of Precision...

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 -...

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...
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