Overtraining results in injury, less than optimal results and frustration. Please refer to the article on Cardiovascular Training for Endurance for the heart rate method to identify whether an athlete has recovered sufficiently during training to justify extending the session. Note from Carl: If you see the athlete tiring, be prepared to change the pace [...]
Here are general rules of thumb. Please reference How Do I "Eat Clean"? for additional details. While the percentages matter, the sources do, too. Protein (vegetable and lean, wild meats or fish) 20-35% of total calories Carbohydrate (vegetables and fruit) [...]
Carl Lewis was a short 12-year old kid when he met Jesse Owens. The rest is history. Take a few minutes and watch the video. Morals of the story? 1. Any one moment can become the source of a deep motivation and can affect the outcome of a person's life. 2. Coaches, prepare all your [...]
An original sketch from Tom Tellez. Let the body rise from the perfect Set position into a 45 degree angle. The head and torso always stay in alignment.
After every workout the athlete should gradually warm down, or gear down. These activities include the same progression used in gear-up, but in reverse. The time to allocate would also be the same, unless you add some stretches at this point. NOTE FROM CARL: This is a GREAT time to work on FLEXIBILITY since the muscles [...]
The “Set” position is held for a very short time. Of course, the race starts at the sound of the gun. Beyond having the correct Set Position every time, the “Gun” is what the athlete should train toward; specifically, how to minimize reaction time out of the blocks. At the sound of the gun, the [...]
We’re often asked if there’s a difference in the start mechanics for distance runners vs. sprinters. Except for the initial standing body position, the answer is NO. What the body should do for maximum power is the same for both. What happens here is going to set the tone for the entire run. Power [...]
Are you starting a running program to improve your fitness? What’s the best way to get started? How do you know what to aim for? The most important point in your training should be to always run correctly. Form matters, no matter what distance or speed you’re training for. Check out The Mechanics of Running [...]
An original sketch from Tom Tellez. Here's the correct set position. Check your angles. The head and torso are in line, and the hips rise to allow the legs, ankles and feet (the levers) the space they need to push.
1. The athlete smoothly raises the hips as high as possible, because this is what affects an efficient start. If the center of gravity is too high, there’s less power available to force against the blocks. If it’s too low, it would be very difficult to apply enough pressure in the rear block, affecting the [...]