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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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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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Speed Training Starts Early

A coach once accused me of being one of those “speed coaches” who does speed work all year round. Initially, I didn’t know if he was insulting my coaching style or if he was just curious to know more about speed work. “I resent that remark,” was my response, before I began to school him…… More

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Plyometric / Bounding Drill Progressions

  The use of plyometrics / bounding is fundamental to the training programs for jumpers and sprinters.  Using them constructively and through periodization (seasonal and organized phases) will enhance performance and reduce the risks of injury. From basic through advanced training, novice to elite athletes can progress (using plyo’s) in any event requiring speed and…… More

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Do Your Sprinters Have a Fumbling Problem?

I coach at a distance school where the distance coaches love watching sprinters do (what appears to be) aerobic work. I’m pretty sure it’s a commonly held belief among distance coaches that doing long repeats/intervals make sprinters ‘mentally tough’. It doesn’t. Special Endurance does. But, when structured correctly, it does improve anaerobic threshold and that’s…… More

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3 Coaching Lessons for (Young) Coaches

This past weekend I had the opportunity to speak at the 40th New England Track and Field Coaches Clinic for the second time. Somehow I snuck my way into the same group of speakers as Renaldo Nehemiah, Jack Daniels (the coach!), Harvey Glance, Keith McDermott (three cheers for the work he did to get $4…… More

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Steal Success From These Coaches?

“The best coaches make the best thieves.”  - Somebody I don’t know who said it. But, I liked it. So I stole it. Because that’s pretty much the secret to my success. Rampant thievery of superior methods. If I think I can use it or it’s better than what I’m currently doing, I will steal…… More

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The Top 3 Articles, Programs & Answers of February 2014

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 groups and training modalities, I put together a ‘Best of’ each month so you can get your track nerd on. Below are ‘The Top 3 of…… More

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Competition in Practice

It was the fall, the perfect time of the year to begin incorporating speed work into our training regimen. After my sprinters completed the acceleration warm up and were preparing for a few sets of block 10’s, 15’s and 20’s, a freshman eagerly approached me and asked, “How fast should I be going in these…… More

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Identification and Prioritization of Your Training Themes – Part 1

PART 1 – Training Paces How do we decide what to train and when to train it?  That is part science and part art.  Let’s establish a menu of training paces available to us.  Coaches of different disciplines and different influences use a variety of terms that often mean the same or similar things.  We…… More

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Identification and Prioritization of Your Training Themes – Part 2

PART 2 – Terminology Now that we have identified the paces available to us, let’s create a system of terminology that can help us prioritize those training paces as they relate to any primary event.  The philosophies of Lyle Knudson, Tom Schwartz and Steve Magness have heavily influenced my perception of classifying training.  I have…… More

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The Top 3 Articles, Programs & Answers of January 2014

  I understand you may not have time to catch everything I post each month. And since I didn’t do a ‘Top 3’ for December, if you don’t follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook, you may have missed a number of thought provoking (and exclusive) blog entries I posted over the last couple month or…… More

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2 Major Changes to the 2014 Clinic

I don’t know any good coaches who run the same system year after year. And we’d be doing you a disservice if we ran the same clinic each year, regardless of how successful and well received our event. One of the concerns people have when considering attending/sending athletes to our clinic is the sheer number…… More

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2014 Complete Track & Field Clinic Update!

Believe it or not, we’re set to open up registrations for the 2014 Complete Track and Field Summer Clinic to be held at Harvard University on July 19-20, 2014. Each year the event sells out earlier and earlier and we expect spots to go even faster this year since we will be setting a hard…… More

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