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How to Establish Cross Country Training Groups

The cross country season begins anew and the coaches face their first training challenges as the team gathers for the first day of practice.  Foremost in training group formation is the fact that half the team has done some summer training, while the other half has not run a mile all summer long.  To further…… More

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Fatigue, Part 5 – The Central Governor Theory

  The scientific information presented in the first four sections on the onset of fatigue during exercise (Part 1 Fatigue-Energetics, Part 2 Fatigue-Anaerobic Alactic Energy System, Part 3 Fatigue-Anaerobic Glycolytic Energy System, and Part 4 Fatigue-Aerobic Energy System) pointed out the importance of beginning each discussion on energy system metabolism and fatigue with basic knowledge…… More

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How to Simplify Organizing Practice for Multiple Event Groups

If you’re a high school track coach, chances are you’re simultaneously in charge of a relatively large number of kids *and* more than one event group. Efficiently and effectively organizing practice for multiple event groups may be your greatest practice challenge. It’s frustrating to spend considerable lengths of timing planning and organizing practice specifics, only…… More

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(Video) How *not* to get recruited by college coaches

It can be difficult for high school athletes, as well as their parents and coaches, to understand how to get recruited by college coaches. This leads to well meaning kids and adults engaging in behaviors so inappropriate and unappealing to college coaches, they lead to the athlete becoming entirely uncrecruitable. Fortunately, I’ve created a video…… More

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Beware of the Blog

For coaches, the inclusion of the Internet has offered unlimited access to training materials of all sorts. Though I typically encourage the use of online blogs, books and video series to gain better knowledge of the sport, I caution coaches to filter the “good” from the “bad.” In order to become an expert you must…… More

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Contrast Training Methods for Sprinters

Before I dive into the details for why sprinters and athletes should utilize this type of training, I’m going to first define what it is exactly.  Contrast Training was first introduced to me by Louie Simmons at Westside Barbell.  This type of training involves a “contrast” or some source of variable resistance as you perform…… More

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3 Most Popular Sprints Training Posts on CTF.com

There is no shortage of informative and free sprints related content at CompleteTrackandField.com. Here are the three posts that have gotten the most views: #1. Accelerate Daily #2. 3 Reasons Sprinters Fall Apart at the End of Races #3. 4 Goals of 400 Meter Training   To your success, Latif Thomas USTFCCCA Event Specialist (Sprints, Hurdles & Relays)…… More

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Acceleration Progression – Working from the Top Down

Over the summer I’ve had the opportunity to both have my questions answered by some of the best colleagues and friends a coach could ask for and also to answer a few questions myself as well.  One round of questions from a fellow coach that recently caught my eye was in regards to acceleration.  I…… More

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Fatigue, Part 4 – The Aerobic Energy System

The scientific information presented in the first three sections on the onset of fatigue during exercise (Part 1 Fatigue–Energetics, Part 2 Fatigue–Anaerobic Alactic Energy System, and Part 3 Fatigue–Anaerobic Glycolytic Energy System) pointed out the importance of beginning each discussion on energy system metabolism with basic review of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and its role in…… More

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Pros and Cons of Cross Country Summer Training Camps

The summer training period is crucial to the seasonal success of a cross country team. Because athletes have other obligations during the summer months it is not easy to organize training activities that get everybody to practice on the designated days. Many coaches utilize a team cross country summer training camp. In some situations it is easier…… More

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Fatigue, Part 3 – The Anaerobic Glycolytic Energy System

Information presented in the first two sections on fatigue during exercise (Part 1 Fatigue-Energetics and Part 2 Fatigue-Anaerobic Alactic Energy System) pointed out the importance of beginning every discussion on energy system metabolism with basic knowledge of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and its role in muscle contraction.  Humans have advanced through natural selection using three metabolic…… More

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Shifting the Training Paradigm

Cross country running does not require a great deal of skill, a fact that makes physical conditioning of vital importance.  With little need to work on skill development, more and harder training is often seen as the only path to success.  Unfortunately, this path usually leads to injury, immune system problems, psychological burn-out, and a…… More

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3 Of My Favorite Hurdles Posts

It’s not easy to teach most high school kids how to hurdle well. Or, I should say, I have a hard time developing consistent, aggressive and technically sound hurdlers. I think the difficulty in teaching it explains why there are usually about 10 times as many 100 meter runners on a team as there are hurdlers. If…… More

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Cross-Training Nonsense

General athletic skill is governed by physical maturity and individual developments in the five biomotor skills of speed, strength, endurance, flexibility, and coordination.  Development of specific athletic skill is governed by a training blend of the five biomotor skills, but with a strong emphasis on the singular skill type that is characteristic of the narrow…… More

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Fatigue, Part 2 – The Anaerobic Alactic Energy System

Information presented in the first section on fatigue during exercise (Part 1 Fatigue-Energetics) pointed out the importance of beginning every discussion on energy system metabolism with knowledge of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and its role in muscle contraction.  Humans have evolved using three metabolic energy systems for their daily activities which may range from lifting a…… More

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