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Dan Pfaff

Barriers to Championship Performances

The below is a collection of Coach Dan Pfaff's thoughts and observations acquired through 40 plus years of coaching and interaction with Championship Performers from across the globe ... Enjoy! Risk taking is a common trait among champions. Learning to be comfortable with taking calculated risks to drive positive change – whether than be in mind-set, mechanics, strategies, tactics or...

Rutherford & Lapierre in Altis medal double!

Day four of competition at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing saw incredible success for Altis athletes Greg Rutherford and Fabrice Lapierre. Rutherford, who was aiming for gold to complete his collection that includes Olympic, European and Commonwealth Gold, was is sensational form and duly obliged with two outstanding jumps of 8.29 and 8.41 to win the competition. "It's unbelievable....

Nettey aiming for Beijing success

Canadian long jump star Christabel Nettey is aiming to cap an outstanding year so far with a place on the podium come Friday night. "This season has been going pretty smoothly," reflected Nettey. "Coming off the Nationals and my last two diamond league meets I have been resting up so I'm feeling fresh." "Practices have been going well over here...

Dan Pfaff on competition-time coaching

Last July, on a decidedly damp summer afternoon in Glasgow during the 20th Commonwealth Games, Coach Pfaff and I were sat in an apartment overlooking Hampden Park Stadium. Whilst listening to the nearby roar of the crowd as a home town girl clenched gold, Dan and I had been chatting about the Scottish weather and relative merits of local coffee...

Highlights from the inaugural Performance Therapy Program

Early December saw the long-awaited inaugural Altis Performance Therapy Program take place. Delivered primarily by our Medical Director Dr Gerry Ramogida, this Program has been almost 20 years in the making. As defined by the founder of this concept - our Education Director - Dan Pfaff, Performance Therapy is “an integrated process, whereby medical expertise combines with athlete-coach feedback loops...

Lessons learned: A Q&A with fitness expert Joy Victoria following her week at the ALTIS

A former S&C Coach, Joy Victoria found her passion for fitness early on in life. Currently working as a personal trainer at Equinox Gym, Toronto, Joy’s love for the field and obsessive drive to seek out the best minds has made her a trusted source of information in the world of fitness. This drive to seek out the best is...

Coach Dan Pfaff on what drives successful performance under pressure

An expert in multiple realms, Coach Dan Pfaff is a world leader in high performance coaching. Known for his extraordinary observational abilities both on and off the track, Dan is an erudite spectator of people and behaviors. With over 40 years’ experience working across the globe, Dan has coached across multiple event groups and populations - within a melting pot...

A pocket guide to coaching wisdom

This past week saw the final Apprentice Coach Program of the 2013-14 Season. What began in the fall as a fairly unstructured, informal opportunity for coaches to spend time in an elite environment has morphed into undoubtedly the premier track & field coaching education experience in the world. A program geared towards all levels of coach from all sports (although...

Tyler Goodale on a week at Altis

Tyler Goodale is Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific where he works with national team athletes from Rowing Canada, Swimming Canada, Diving Canada and Rugby Canada. A graduate of both the University of Manitoba and the University of Victoria, Tyler is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA, as well as a...

A chat with Welsh National Performance Coach – Scott Simpson

As part of Altis' partnership with Welsh Athletics, we have been welcoming groups of athletes & coaches from Wales onsite for training camps for the past 6 months. Having just said goodbye to our final group prior to them commencing their final tuning for the Commonwealth Games in July, we sat down with National Performance Coach – Scott Simpson for...
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