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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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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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See the Best of this Weekend’s Complete Track and Field Clinic

As you may know, this weekend is the 4th Annual Complete Track and Field Clinic, which is held at Harvard University. This year we have 450+ athletes and coaches (from 5 countries), 40+ clinicians (and 20 additional support staff) coming in. Because I’m so excited about the event, the quality of our staff and the amount of preparation…… More

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Everything You Need to Know About Being Prepared for the Clinic

Here are answers to a bunch of questions you probably have about the clinic, as well as answers to questions you didn’t reallize you have… 1. Send in your medical waivers or no soup for you! WARNING: I sent an email on Monday explaining that you had to fill out the new Harvard University mandated waiver.…… More

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Recommended Summer Reading: The Speed Encyclopedia

I was recently approached by this guy, Travis Hansen, asking me to promote his program. I get this a lot and 99% of the time I’m all set. But, I told him to send me his stuff and I’d take a look at it. I’m an information junkie and it’s summer so I figured at…… More

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5 Upgrades to This Year’s Summer Track and Field Clinic

After each season, successful coaches assess their results and make appropriate changes to their planning to ensure better results next year. We apply the same philosophy to our summer track and field clinic. It’s not our style to sit back and run the same exact event we did last year just because it was successful.…… More

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Fatigue: Part 1 – Energetics

The onset of fatigue in certain systems of the body is what causes running performance to deteriorate and degrade.  Too much fatigue and exhaustion occurs, with the inability to continue an activity.  Fatigue can be acute, as in a single race or training session, or chronic, as in inadequate day to day regeneration of the…… More

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Summer Clinic Registration Deadline (First Call)

The clinic is less than 2 months away and while it may seem far off, from a planning and organization standpoint, it’s right around the corner. Every year, people wait until the last minute. Then we sell out or close down and the panic sets in. Last year, half of our registrations came in the…… More

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How to Choose a Track and Field Camp or Clinic

Every track and field camp or clinic boasts an amazing experience and a staff teaching drills so life changing every athlete will qualify for Olympic Trials after they attend. So how do you pick the right event for your needs or the needs of your athletes? Consider these 5 elements of every track and field…… More

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Coaching the National Record Holder at 1600m

In the spring of 2013, Complete Track & Field Endurance Guru Scott Christensen coached one of his athletes to the Freshman National Record at 1600m. Suffice to say, Scott does *work* when it comes to developing top shelf middle distance, distance and cross country athletes. Take a look at a news story done about Scott’s…… More

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3 Rules for Building a Championship Culture

Saying you run a ‘Championship Program’ or have developed a ‘Championship Culture’ is not the same as actually having done so. Here are 3 rules/facts about building a championship culture in real life and not just our minds. (If there is a difference, which is debatable, but a topic for another time.) 3. Know What…… More

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Gerard Mach Speed Drills

Most successful track coaches prescribe repetitive physical drills for their team members on a regular basis to facilitate the learning of an under-developed skill.  Warm-up activities are probably the most commonly done drills throughout the team, but other events, especially those in the field, have a selection of drills that are necessary for successful learning. …… More

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The Top 3 Articles, Programs & Answers of March 2014

Enter coupon code MARCH when you order any of the programs making this month’s ‘Best of’ post by April 15 and save $20 on your purchase. I understand you may not have time to catch everything I post each month. As I continue to increase the frequency of new posts across the spectrum of event…… More

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