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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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You’re Fired Friday (Vol. 2)

It’s a New Year and I can’t think of a better time to release another installment of me indiscriminately firing people on the Interwebs, especially since coaches seemed to enjoy the first version. The theme of today’s episode: Professionalism, Status and the Ego If you start getting worked up, be sure to look over my…… More

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3 NOT Track & Field Specific Programs I recommend (25% off, too!)

I implement a lot of coaching and training ideas and programs coming from *outside* of the world of track and field specific coaches and organizations. I think it’s important to branch out in order to get a different perspective from the ‘field and court sport’ and ‘strength and conditioning’ universe. One organization I’m proud to…… More

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Top 4 Farmers Walk Handles Exercises

No Funding? No Problem! Homemade Training Equipment for Teams with Tight Budgets.   After the release of the first homemade training equipment article and video highlighting the use of sandbags to gain more strength, power, and explosive speed, a lot of emails and questions were sent from readers wondering about my mention of farmers walk…… More

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Top 5 Sandbag Training Exercises

No Funding? No Problem! Here are my Top 5 (Homemade) Sandbag Training Exercises for teams committed to getting stronger…even with tight budgets! You find yourself in this position every year. You go to your AD and present him with your list of needs for the season. Your old uniforms are looking a little tattered and…… More

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5 Easy Ways to Use Weight Training to Develop Speed and Power

Track and field is quite simply speed and power quantified. Nearly ever event (aside from the distance events) reward athletes that are faster and create more force faster than their opponents. Even athletes that are not competing for state championships or all-american status, are comparing their current speed and power to what they were formerly…… More

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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…… More

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Peaking Your Sprinters and Field Athletes with the Olympic Lifts

The first of June means one thing in track and field. The most important time in nearly all of track and field for anyone competing in the United States. And you want to be peaking. Championship season. Collegiate conference meets have happened. NCAA regionals are in the book. Most track and field athletes are reaching…… More

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Quick tips for better Olympic Lifts

The Olympic lifts are the most complex moves to do in the weightroom. Great lifters spend years and years on technique and train exclusively  in this sport. For most of the athletes that I work with, this is not the case, they Olympic lift (Clean, Snatch, Jerk) with me 2-3 times a week and if…… More

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3 Methods to Coach Olympic Lifts More Effectively

As a coach there are so many options to include in your training program that it can sometimes be overwhelming. We know that strength training is important (including olympic lifts) but if it isn’t distilled down to the essentials we can end up in a position of “paralysis by analysis.” These questions have crossed my…… More

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Teaching Olympic Lifts in Large Groups

If I presented most people with the following list, the likely response would be “Psssshhhht, impossible” -Actually finding a real live bigfoot. -Water skiing with no boat. -Climbing Mt. Everest with no ropes. -Developing a cold fusion machine. -Teaching Olympic lifts the right way to large groups of athletes.   Like the guys on Monster…… More

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Heavy Duty Booty

Over the last several years I have greatly benefited from my relationship with Latif and his devotion and passion for the sport of track and field. Even though I am a contributor, I have either known the other contributors, or have gleaned something from someone’s approach to training I had not given any thought to.…… More

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