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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...

Foundation Course Now Open

Last week - due to the coronavirus, and the related fact that many in our community are now working from home (or, in fact, not working at all), we reduced the cost of all our unlocked Courses by 20%, and offered free access for those that had been laid off, or were effected to the point where they could not...

Reinventing the Wheel: Applications to Modern Training Theory

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. John Wagle. Read the summary below from Strength & Power Coach Jason Hettler to learn more about this fantastic...

Working from Home

We are certain that you - like all of us - are effected by the coronavirus.  Many of you are now working from home, or worse - may have potentially been let go from your job.  Indeed, our own staff are now working off-site, unless we are directly interacting with the athlete group.   It is a challenging time for us all, and...

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’...
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