'From Gun to Tape' is a deep dive into the execution of the 100m sprint. In this short course, you'll learn from renowned speed coach - Stuart McMillan and the ALTIS Team - how you can squeeze every ounce of potential out of the sprinters you work with.

Get athletes running faster, and performing better

In society’s addiction to shiny new objects, we often forget that mastery of anything comes from identifying the basic tenets, and working consistently on applying them. This course will show you how: bringing together the very best of experience, science, and research to provide you with immediately actionable tools, tips, and concepts to make your athletes faster in the 100m.


You'll learn to separate fact from fiction - and understand how to differentiate between misconceptions about how sprinters should be trained to sprint, from the methods Olympic Coaches in the know apply - using experience tested, science backed concepts.


The concepts within are applicable to ALL levels of coaches and athletes, with a special focus on High School and College age.  


real world experience

Learn from the most trusted group on track - a team of Coaches who have 150+ years of combined experience, and coached 120 Olympians to 56 Olympic medals. We've done the hard work for you, so you can focus on upgrading your coaching.

A Course Guaranteed to Improve 100m Performance

Had enough of relying on social media to find answers, amongst a sea of conflicting information?

You’ve found the gold standard solution: This course provides all the answers you need on how to coach the 100m effectively from start to finish, and how to apply impactful coaching methods to athletes from high school age to elite.

If you want to develop expertise on coaching the 100m, there is no better resource out there to equip you with the methods, tools, and concepts you need to coach better, program with greater efficacy, and get real results.

Coach the 100m better, with a course you can complete in a day

This pocket guide course is packed full of information, context, case studies, videos, experiential learning, and science-backed evidence. You'll learn everything you need to know to make informed, effective coaching decisions to improve athlete performance in the 100m.

Why 'Pocket Guide?' ... This exciting new course is part of our new series of courses that feature deep dives into specific topics. We've called them 'Pocket Guides' because they are big on impact, but smaller in size than our other courses, meaning you can complete them in just a day or two.

A selection of the core themes covered are outlined below. Scroll down the page for the full course content.


All athletes are unique, with unique morphologies, unique limb lengths, unique nervous systems, unique skills, capacities, and abilities — and so we should never look to instill a SINGLE technical model and apply it to EVERYONE. But, that said — it’s not simply a free for all either. Instead, we discuss how to apply technical bandwidths to allow individuality in your coaching.


You may have heard the 100m race broken down into phases —  the drive phase, the transition phase, and the maximum velocity phase.  While this may be useful for us to describe points of time in the race, it’s potentially also misleading: Every step in the race is slightly different from the step that preceded it, and slightly different from the step that succeeds it. We'll explain what you should instead be coaching.


Late acceleration is from that point all the way up to when the athlete is totally upright — not yet at their maximum velocity. This part of the race — which is sometimes called ‘the transition’ is often the hardest for coaches to teach, the hardest for sport scientists to study, and the hardest for athletes to master.  We give you ways to overcome challenges in this portion of the race, and provide a path to mastery.


While this course is called 'From Gun to Tape' — we actually have to start a little sooner than that — with the blocks set up and what happens in ‘on your marks’ and ‘set’. As such, we start by sharing how to get this essential part of the race set up and executed correctly, to allow athletes to squeeze every millisecond of untapped potential out of their race performance.


While we don't go in depth into programming in this Pocket Guide – the focus is on the actual running of the event - we do provide basic guidelines on how to work on the concepts and technical components we discuss throughout. These guidelines will allow you to put your new understanding into action straight away, in a clear, easy to understand way that delivers results.


A more efficient sprinter will exert less energy than the less efficient sprinter, and will be able to maintain a higher percentage of their maximum velocity for a longer period. We explain how to maximize efficiency, which cues help to drive this, and - importantly which common cues NOT to use. 

Become the go-to Coach for the 100m Sprint

This value-packed course covers ALL the important facets of sprinting — including blocks set up, the on-your-marks and and set positions, initial acceleration, late acceleration — sometimes called ‘the transition phase’ – and finally, the upright section of the race, which includes maximal velocity and speed maintenance.

You'll learn about these topics from proven world class coaches, from two perspectives:

Firstly, a practical perspective — from lessons from our own experiences of coaching sprinters — the mistakes we at ALTIS have made as coaches, and what has worked and not worked.

And secondly, a scientific one — i.e. what we know to be the mechanical first principles of how to sprint — which, now we know A LOT about!  There has been a LOT of great research done on the sprints over the last decade, especially – and many of the top sprint researchers are our friends, so we have some unique insights which we share with you in this course.

Course Content

This Pocket Guide course is packed with coaching tips, videos, anecdotes, graphics, case studies, and facts guaranteed to make you a more effective Coach.

Consisting of five video-based core modules that you can navigate on your own terms, From Gun to Tape can be completed in just a day of focused study, or at a pace that suits you.

Each module also comes with a downloadable PDF companion including the notes and reference list for each module, as well as a full hyperlinked reference list within the course to take you directly to the most relevant research around.


You'll learn how to navigate and get the best out of your course, get access to the exclusive ALTIS online Community, and get the low down on how this course differs from the other ALTIS courses on speed.

PART I - BLocks set up & 'On Your MARKS'

You'll dive into all the latest concepts surrounding pedal set up — and where the feet should be on them; the position of the shoulders relative to the hands; how much weight should be on the hands, relative to the feet; head, spine and shoulder positioning; and - finally - what the athletes should be thinking about prior to when the starter calls SET.



Here, you'll explore concepts surrounding the set-up; how much weight should be on the hands; what athletes should be focusing on while they’re rising into set; and and how to put it all together - so as to maximize initial block clearance and early acceleration.


You'll explore what happens through the initial projection from the pedals, and the first few steps, as well as key themes - such as why we don't recommend you break the race down into phases when explaining concepts to athletes.


Late acceleration is from that point all the way up to when the athlete is totally upright — not yet at their maximum velocity.  This part of the race — which is sometimes called ‘the transition’ is often the hardest for coaches to teach, the hardest for sport scientists to study, and the hardest for athletes to master. We give you the tools you need to succeed.

PART 5 - Upright Sprinting – Maximum Velocity, Speed Maintenance & Deceleration

You'll learn what you should see and and what the athletes should feel in this key part of the race. Firstly — we talk about the mechanics: how athletes should sprint, all things being equal. Secondly - we share some of the ways we can coach that align with these mechanics, and finally, we share some of the things we can do to reduce late-race deceleration.


In this your module, you'll download your graduation certificate following course completion. You'll also get pointers and tips on recommended next steps to continue your development and upgrade your learning further with our range of courses on speed developement.

The Gold Standard in Coaching Education


Frequently Asked Questions

This course is part of our new 'Pocket Guide' Series. These are concise, topic-specific courses that can be completed in a day of dedicated study, or a few days at a more leisurely pace.

These courses provide  focused and actionable information that you can apply straight away to get real results.

The time it will take you to watch of all the video content in the course is cumulatively just under 3 hours - split into videos within each of the five modules of the course.

From Gun to Tape is an in-depth analysis specifically relating to developing expertise in executing the 100m, and as such, the content is new and different to what you'll find in our Track & Field Series Course - Coaching the Short Sprints, or our Performance Trinity Course - Need for Speed.

This course is also unique to our other Pocket Guide Course 'Stop Dragging Your Toes' - which is a deep dive into the mechanics of block clearance and early acceleration beyond the depth we talk about in this course.

You'll find 'From Gun to Tape' an excellent bolt-on if you've already taken any of our other courses. Or if you're new to ALTIS and the 100m Sprint - a great introduction into how we do things.

For the platinum package - we recommend you consider taking this alongside one of these other courses.

Yes! As with all our courses, you get lifetime access and can dip in and out as often as you wish. You'll also automatically get access to all future course additions and updates.

Yes! If you have questions you can interact with ALTIS Staff on the ALTIS Community on Mighty Networks, which you'll get automatic access to upon course purchase. This community is a place to ask questions, and chat around themes with ALTIS Staff and motivated coaches from around the globe.

Yes! Upon course completion, you'll be prompted to download your certificate of completion, which you can print out for your files.

No. This course is ALTIS-Accredited, but does not come with any external provider CEUs.

We recommend the next step following this course is to explore 'Coaching the Short Sprints'. This 5 star reviewed course, written by Coaching Legend, Dan Pfaff - is the most comprehensive resource around on all things Short Sprints. It expands on this course, and provides you with everything else you need to know to succeed as a Coach in the 60m, 100m, and 200m events.

And it gets better - once you complete this course, you get a discount on Coaching the Short Sprints - win, win!

Within this course we provide downloadable PDF notes to accompany each video. This includes a full reference list to allow you to continue your research and learning around executing the 100m.

All the video content however, is only accessible online - which you can access on any digital device with an internet connection.

This allows us to make automatic updates over time and provide you with the freshest, most dynamic learning experience.

You can access everything at the palm of your hand via your MY ALTIS Education Account - anytime, anywhere.

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