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Summer Training Ideas for Sprints, Hurdles & Jumps Part II

Summer Training Ideas for Sprints & Hurdles & Jumps Part II “Summer, summer, summertime… Time to sit back and unwind” [img_text_aside style=”1″ image=”http://completetrackandfield.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/summertime_article-.gif” image_alignment=”right” alignment=”left”] Summertime for high school and college athletes is often a period of recovery both mentally and physically from the grind the academic and athletic year.  The coaches have a short period of time without the athletes around to devise a plan for the upcoming year.  The athletes are typically busy in the summer months with jobs or internships. The coaches remain hopeful that their athletes are “staying fit.” [/img_text_aside] Related Article: Summer Training Ideas for Sprints, Hurdles & Jumps Part I A longer season is a successful season… Each championship meet your athletes attend has the potential to be a qualifier…

Summer Camp Registration Deadline is This Friday!

If you’re still debating whether or not to come to the clinic this summer, search #ctfclinic on Twitter to see what past attendees said during and after the event. So, every year we get a flood of last minute registrations and countless sad stories from coaches, parents, and athletes who waited too long and get locked out. If you want to take advantage of the $50.00 ‘Early Bird’ discount and NOT have to pay full price, you MUST register by the end of the day this Friday, May 27. ⇒ Register now for the 2016 CTF Summer Clinic (click on the event groups in the menu for their individual pages.) Coaches: Remember, if you send three athletes from your program, you can come for free. If you coach high school…

How to Run the 200m Race

[video_player type=”embed” width=”600″ height=”400″ align=”center” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”20″ border_size=”5″ border_color=”#e00000″][/video_player] The 200 meter sprint is the Rodney Dangerfield of the sprint events. It gets no respect. When we commonly think of the sprint events, the 100 meter dash gets all the glory and the 400 meter dash gets all the respect. That leaves the middle child, the 200, left out in the cold. As an athlete whose primary event was the 200 at the collegiate level I’ve developed a certain affinity for running and coaching the event. While I’ve arguably had the most coaching success at 400 meters (and, where I’m from – the 300) I still love the Deuce best of all. In this article I’m going to break this event down so that your…

Does the Squat and Deadlift Improve Sprinting Speed?

[dynamic_date date_format=”F d\\, Y” before=”Udpated%20″ after=””]   Does the squat and deadlift improve sprinting speed? Since I first entered into the speed training realm, there has always been some degree of debate amongst many professionals concerning whether or not the squat and or deadlift was necessary for increasing human running speed.  In this article we will explore several studies and sub-topics and find out whether or not this type of exercise is indeed essential for a sprinter or athlete.  Before I go on though, I want to be clear that I’m not advocating either of these 2 specific exercises as the be all end all to speed training, as there are several other elements that need to be a part of an athlete’s program in…

[VIDEO] The Only Way to Peak Your Sprinters When It Matters

[video_player type=”embed” width=”540″ height=”400″ align=”center” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”10″ border_size=”5″ border_color=”#ff1c13″][/video_player] Click here if you want more information like this. [divider style=”4″] This past winter, when I spoke at Speed Training Seminars and Track & Field coaching conferences in Illinois, Florida, Indiana, and Michigan, I did 19 hours of presentations on the sprints and hurdles. When I showed this to coaches and asked them if they: Knew what it was… Knew what to do with it… Created one each year as the BASIS of their program design decisions… Without being hyperbolic, at best 2% of coaches raised their hand. I wasn’t surprised. And I don’t know if you’re part of the 98%. But, without it, it is impossible to consistently get your sprinters to run their fastest races…

Gift the Top Selling Programs of 2015 to Your Favorite Coach!

Here’s an easy way to get the coach/es in your life (or yourself) a quality last minute Christmas present…without leaving your couch. I’m doing a Beta test with a new system that allows you to purchase one of our digital programs for someone else. Once you pay for it, they’ll get an email with instructions for completing the registration process. To set it off, I’m making 7 of the top 8 best selling programs available through Christmas Day. You can get 30% off your order on these programs when you use coupon code COUNTDOWN. (The Best Selling program of 2015, Complete Speed Training 2, isn’t available digitally, but the coupon code will work.) Click on the links below to go to the Registration Pages for the…

Why You Need to Develop Speed Reserve

Developing a ‘speed reserve’ through a well designed speed development program is essential to success in any sport where combating fatigue is a requirement for success. Though we look at this term primarily when discussing track and field sprints, it’s applications apply to a range of sports. Speed reserve is, essentially, the difference between an athlete’s maximum speed and their maximum aerobic speed. In many coaching situations, we look at an athlete’s perceived inability to finish a workout in the expected time as a matter of not being ‘in shape’. (A discussion of what ‘in shape’ actually refers to in the parameters of anaerobic training is a topic for another time, but one that fundamentally affects the way athletes are coached.) The solution, for many…

Latif Thomas: Speaking Events in 2015-2016

Latif Thomas Schedule and Appearances  [video_player type=”youtube” width=”560″ height=”315″ align=”center” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”20″ border_size=”10″ border_color=”#030303″]aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cueW91dHViZS5jb20vd2F0Y2g/dj1yRmxKUG05d2Qxbw==[/video_player]   Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) Connecticut High School Coaches Association Coaches Clinic November 15, 2015 Mastering Your High School 400m Training Program     Montini High School (Chicago Area: Lombard, IL) Track-Football Activation Consortium  December 11-12, 2015 Specific Strength Progressions & Acceleration Complexes Teaching and Progressing Acceleration & Top Speed Complexes Block Starts and Acceleration     Hilton- Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort (Daytona, FL) Florida Athletic Coaches Association Track and Field Clinic January 7-10, 2016 Visit the website for speaking topics      Sheraton Hotel (Indianapolis, IN)  Indiana Association of Track & Cross Country Coaches Association T&F Clinic  January 28-30, 2016 Blocks, Starts, & Acceleration Teaching & Progressing Top End Speed…

The Best of the 2015 Complete Track and Field Clinic: Sprints Group Recordings

[video_player type=”embed” width=”560″ height=”340″ align=”center” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”10″ border_size=”5″ border_color=”#000000″][/video_player] The Best of the 2015 Complete Track and Field Clinic: Sprints Group [divider style=”1″] OK, here’s what’s happening… …I hired a new employee for Complete Track and Field and, well, turns out I actually have to start paying her?! In fact, I have to pay her every week because no one works for free (high school track coaches excluded) and, apparently, labor laws are not suggestions… I suppose I should have factored in salary, benefits and all of the other prerequisites before I started composing a lengthy list of assignments. Fortunately, thanks to coaches like you, over the last year Complete Track and Field has grown beyond what me and my tiny staff can handle. With…

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