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If adaptation were this simple, we would all continuously improve.

A New Model for Stress and Adaptation

This year marks the 80th anniversary of when Hans Selye started research stress and coined the General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS) in a letter to the editor of Nature. GAS, often called the stress response, was taken by coaches as the basis of adaptation in training and the foundation of early periodization models. As Buddy Morris put it on our podcast last year, coaches are primarily in the business of stress management. But as science learns more about the complexities of stress, training methodology has not kept. Recently John Kiely posed the question: is training philosophy built upon an incomplete understanding of the nature of stress? Read more

ATLANTA - JUNE 18:  John Godina competes in the shot put during the Titan Games June 18, 2004 at Centenial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Episode 46: Chasing Excellence (with John Godina)

When I was first starting out as a shot putter, John Godina was THE man in the sport. His technique was smooth as silk and he simply did not lose. After setting the still standing NCAA record, winning four world titles and two Olympic medals, Godina finally hung up his shoes in 2008, but that was not his end in the sport. He since founded Altis, which he now runs as CEO. Altis has grown as a training center with more than 100 elite track and field athletes and a coaching center featuring a growing education program. On this episode of the podcast he joins us to discuss some of the lessons he has learned from his career of chasing excellence in every pursuit. Read more

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Start with a Dream

It all starts with a dream. The dream can be big or small. The dream ignites the passion. Passion is the fuel for success. Read more

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Overcoming Overconfidence

Track and field is a beautifully simple sport. The standardization of implements, distances, equipment, and competition venues allow for a clear cut comparison of results. The height a high jumper cleared in New Hampshire can quickly be compared to another athlete’s jump in Qatar. It is truly is a universal game. With numerous athletics results available online we can compare marks in an instant. This cements track & field as a globalized industry. Read more

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Episode 44: eCoaching (with Dave Wollman)

With the rise of the internet has come the rise of the internet coach. But coaching from a distance poses unique challenges for both a programming and psychological point of view. Former Southern Methodist University head track coach Dave Wollman joins us to exchange some ideas on how to best work with athletes remotely. Read more

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Episode 42: World Indoors (with Adam Nelson)

This week’s episode Nick and I are together for the first time and recording from the floor of the Oregon Convention Center at the World Indoor Track and Field Championships. We give some feedback on the meet and our observations on coaching during competitions. Then special guest Olympic gold medalist Adam Nelson joins us to give us his thoughts on the competition. Read more

EUGENE, OR - JULY 25: Raven Saunders of USA gets set for a throw in the women's shot put during day four of the IAAF World Junior Championships at Hayward Field on July 25, 2014 in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Episode 38: Meet Prep

On this week’s episode it is time for another listener question. Top high school coach Bill Pendleton of Esperanza High School in Orange County asked us:

Outside of throwing technique and lifting cycles, what can a coach do in practice to help athletes perform well at competitions?

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Learning to Ride a Bike

Early in the summer of 2015, my 4-year-old son decided that he was brave enough to take the training wheels off of his bike. I proceeded to do so immediately, before he changed his mind. At the start of our journey, I used to the same old techniques that we’ve all seen to get going. I started by pushing him down the sidewalk. Then I let him attempt to start the bike’s motion on his own. After too many attempts and being analytical (as normal), I noticed several things: Read more

England's Craig Pickering (R) wins the men's 60 metres during the Indoor International athletics event at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland, on January 30, 2010. Great Britain and Northern Ireland take on the USA, Germany, Sweden and a Commonwealth select team. AFP PHOTO/GRAHAM STUART (Photo credit should read GRAHAM STUART/AFP/Getty Images)

Transfer and Sprinting

Last week the Rugby Strength Coach Podcast sat down with one of our contributors, Craig Pickering. Host Keir Wenham-Flatt from Argentina Rugby talked with Craig aboud the link between high performance and sports science, his experiences as an athlete, and his transition from one sport to another. You can listen to the whole episode here: Read more

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Training Talk with Pat Connolly (Part 2)

Pat Connolly has been at the top of the sport both as an athlete and as the coach of top sprinters like Evelyn Ashford and Allyson Felix. On Wednesday I posted the first part of my interview with her, where we discussed her general philosophy, the importance of repetition, and specific training methods. In this part she continues to discuss mental training, the differences in coaching men and women. We finished by getting her thoughts on doping. Having been involved in the sport since steroids were first introduced, Pat was one of the first vocal anti-doping advocates, having even testified in front of Congress to lobby for support. But the sport has evolved and so have her thoughts on the issue, which she describes below. Read more