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The Macrocycle (Middle Distance Annual Plan)

Training design is the tool middle-distance coaches use to implement accepted and contemporary training theory.  Basically, it is a scheme for designing and scheduling various blocks of time in an attempt to accomplish appropriate developmental activities during specific portions of the athlete’s training plan.  These blocks of time vary from one year, which is the annual…

Meet Day Protocol

Humans are creatures of habit in what they do and they operate most efficiently on a number of synchronized physiological cycles and psychological patterns, especially on meet day. Some cycles are so deeply imprinted that they are difficult to alter, but many can be changed by merely adjusting daily habits and routines.  General eating patterns…

A Need for Iron

Minerals play an important role in the physiology of the body.  Generally they act as co-enzymes for many bio-chemical processes and many are linked to the actions of organic vitamins which are responsible for many different aspects of life.  Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, constituting approximately 40% of the total mineral…

How Sprinters Use Cleans and Olympic Lifts for Strength Training

How does the fastest woman on earth do cleans? Cleans have been in the programs of track and field athletes for decades. Throwers, sprinters, and jumpers can all benefit from training in the weight room with cleans and snatches due to the high threshold motor unit recruitment that is unique to lifting with the Olympic…