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Stop Doing “Recovery” the Day After Speed Work [PART 3]

“When you free yourself from volume concerns, the picture becomes much clearer.”    – Vince Anderson (Texas A&M)   ==> Click here to read Part I: Training Deeper in the Same Pool ==> Click here to read Part II: Training Shallower in the Same Pool   I heard Vince say this at the first USTFCCCA Event Specialist School back in 2011 and it blew. my. fricken. mind. Volume as the constant was dead.  When it comes to planning workouts for high school sprinters, especially 200/300/400 types, too many coaches still default to a volume-centric approach. Instead of thinking about the meet preparedness of their athletes as a function of the amount of volume they could handle, I was able to flip the script and focus on what…

Stop Doing “Recovery” The Day After Speed Work [PART 2]

In Part 1, I explained the many benefits of using back-to-back training sessions of high neuromuscular demand as a model when your are planning training for your sprinters. In regular people terms this means back-to-back speed days. If you haven’t read it, it’s worth checking out before continuing on here because it explains the underlying ‘Reason Why’ behind the activity and exercise selection discussed below. Click here to read Part 1: Training Deeper in the Same Pool. Building on the ideas contained in that article, we’ll now move to our next preferred practice session format:   Training Shallower in the Same Pool   Training shallower in the same pool means incorporating back to back sessions of high neuromuscular demand with the first being the more…

Stop Doing “Recovery” The Day After Speed Work [PART 1]

“It depends.” It’s the empty, but honest answer to nearly every training question I get from high school coaches about optimizing program design for their high school sprinters. The reality is: What you do at tomorrow’s practice doesn’t matter nearly as much as WHY you’re doing it and HOW you implement it. We’ll go in circles forever if we go down the path of “What if…” so in this article I’m taking a slightly different approach. Imagine you’re sitting at your computer planning your workouts/practices for the upcoming week. You schedule your standard speed related day for Monday. So your biggest question now becomes: What exactly should I do on Tuesday? If your brain immediately blurted out ‘extensive tempo’ or ‘recovery’, keep reading. Because I…

How to write better workouts for high school sprinters

We live in, apparently, the Golden Age of Gurus. It sure is a lot for me to keep up with. In times like this, I do my best try to live by the wise words of Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer: Your world frightens and confuses me. Now that it’s time to start preparing for the 2018 season, what’s a coach to do? I think a good idea may be to review the reasons kids actually run fast. Then prescribe activities that align with what is known to work. Basically, it’s a philosophy of advanced simplicity. Take the 400 for example. Lots of coaches spend a lot of calories doing some really pointless and cruel stuff to their 400 runners.   Question: Let’s say we’re going to…

Does the squat and deadlift improve sprinting speed? (Part 2)

In part #1 of my previous article, (see: Does the Squat and Deadlift Improve Sprinting Speed? Part 1), you saw the proof for exactly why both the squat and deadlift are very useful choices when the number one goal is to get faster.  Now, the next question that often arises is what kind of squat and deadlift will give you the most bang for your buck in the speed development department?  Lets first look at the squat.  Click on the link below to access a comprehensive scientific review compliments of Dr. Bret Contreras that evaluates a somewhat recent study from a researcher by the name of Swinton back in 2012 (1):   Related article: Traditional Squat vs Powerlifting Squat vs Box Squat (by Bret Contreras)…

What to Do When Disaster Strikes at a Major Meet

Mike Tyson hit the nail on the head when he said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”. Seeded #1 (4×100, 100, 200, 400) and #2 (4×400) going into the Rhode Island State Championships, we had high expectations. Starting the day off with the 4×100 meter relay, we believed average handoffs would get us across the line first and earn the first State Title of the day. Then we got punched in the mouth so hard it made Kermit Washington cringe. I started coaching high school track and field in the spring of 2001, my first year out of college. The following video (Lane 4, black uniforms) shows the only time I have ever had to choke back tears because of…

Why Coaches Should Attend the 2017 CTF Summer Clinic

When most coaches think of summer track and field camps/clinics, they assume they’re strictly for the kids. So, you may not be aware that the Complete Track and Field Clinic is different. Of course, our focus is on the athletes. But, we also encourage high school and youth coaches (and parents who work with their kids) to register and attend as well. We’re confident when you attend the 7th Annual Complete Track and Field Clinic, you’ll agree it is a World Class event. And you can get Complete Access (more on that in a moment) for FREE when you encourage 3 of your athletes to register. (Just send us the names of the athletes and we’ll register you. If you already paid, we’ll send you…

Multi-Sport Athlete Transitioning to Track & Field

Often, at the high school level, it is common for coaches to persuade their athletes to join the track and field team after finishing up their preferred fall or winter sport. Likely, the main goal for encouraging an athlete to go out for the track team – or the objective for an athlete transitioning to track & field – is to “stay active,” “develop speed/power,” or “get stronger for the next season.” Though not as common at the collegiate level there are times when individuals express interest in becoming dual sport athletes. Participating in two sports in college is not impossible but it takes a special type of athlete to accomplish this, especially at the professional level.        Indoor track & field programs…

12 Days of CTF Holiday Sale

Our ’12 Days of CTF Holiday Sale’ will begin on Monday, December 12 and will run through Friday, December 23. Here’s how it works: From MONDAY 12/12- FRIDAY 12/23, every Complete Track and Field program is on sale for 20% off when you use coupon code: 12DAYSCTF. HOWEVER: Each day of the 12-day sale we will be featuring a specific program where you can save 30% on this season’s popular programs BUT ONLY ON THAT DAY. This time of the year can get hectic, so I recommend bookmarking this page and scheduling a reminder in your phone so you don’t forget to come to the site to grab these holiday offers. In the meantime, you can plan ahead by visiting our full list of Complete…

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