Training Articles

Breaking 2: Why It Didn’t Happen and The Work Ahead

Nike just made good on their promise to attempt at sub 2hr marathon. Results are in. Here’s why it didn’t happen and what can be done to change that.

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Emotional Training & Coaching

Watching neighbourhood runners is one of my favourite things to do. If only because it’s entertaining albeit at times frustrating. The other day I witnessed an amateur but well meaning attempt at coaching that prompted this write up. Chances are you’ve been there, seen this and know what I’m talking about. Picture this – a somewhat lanky teen… Read more

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Reach Your Peak Performance

How to reach your peak performance? A million dollar question that is actually pretty simple if we put things in the correct hierarchy. What is Peak Performance? Before you can understand how to get yourself there you must understand the topic correctly. What is peak performance? Here’a an informative document to read (G. Wells, Ph.D. Peak Performance:… Read more

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Champions Club Chronicles vol. 5: Track Wrap-up

You are not a good coach unless your athletes move well.

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How to Increase Your Running Speed in One Simple Step

You can increase your running speed right now. Literally. You can run faster right after reading this article and watching the video. Whether you can maintain your newfound speed for the required distance, say 40 yards or 100 meters, is a matter of training and your skill level. Whether you can run faster than Usain Bolt… Read more

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5 Signs of Overtraining

Sport specific training is not the simplest of tasks, yet so many attempt to train and to create training programs without really having a clue of what training process is. As a result, there are too many overtrained athletes in danger of being permanently injured. It is necessary for every coach and athlete to be aware… Read more

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Pose vs Posture

Like many other terms, these two are often used interchangeably. While it’s ok if you’re talking about arts and photography, it carries a different message when it comes to athletics and human movement. Understanding the difference will prevent a misdirected effort and help you progress. Pose In the Pose Method, when we refer to the… Read more

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Warm-Up & Cool-Down for Runners

So, what kind of role does the warm-up play in the training session? The answer is obvious – to warm-up the muscles, ligaments and tendons, and, here’s the part that not many consider- to prepare the nervous and cardiorespiratory systems for the specific workout.

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Champions Club Chronicles Vol. 3: Teen Athletes Spotlight

“Teaching develops perception, and perception allows you to be your own coach”. Coach Sinagoga shares his approach to training teen athletes by using a mix of Pose Method, CrossFit and plain old fun.

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Champions Club Chronicles vol. 2: The Track and Field Experiment

Can lacrosse, softball, and CrossFit athletes be molded into good track runners? An experiment over the course of four seasons.

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Champions Club Chronicles Vol. 1: From Pose to the Podium

If you are willing to dedicate time to getting the running technique down, the good things, like winning an MHSAA Division III 400-meter State Championship, tend to be the result. Coach Chris Sinagoga takes us behind the scenes of his Champions Club training.

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Physical Culture

Culture – latin cultura – fineness of feelings, thoughts, tastes, manners, etc., civilization of a given people or nation at a given time; development of the mind or body by education, training, etc., behavior that is socially taught, rather than instinctive or individual. (Thorndike-Barnhart Student Dictionary, HarperCollins Publishers, 1992 p.270). Why do we need to… Read more

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Strength training in running

While the question ‘do we need strength training in running?’ is not a question anymore, the question, ‘what kind of strength do we need there?’ is still unclear. That is why I would like to discuss this topic in a short description of the logic of strength exercise use in running. It is no secret… Read more

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To drill or not to drill?

An interesting question, isn’t it? On the one hand, as we all know, everyone who learns something is doing it through drills – in swimming, tennis, golf, etc. On the other hand, it is boring stuff, especially in running, where our common sense doesn’t even speak of drilling at all. In running we just run… or do we?

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Good form in sprinting

The element of running in a form of sprinting, dashing, maneuvering is part of virtually all sports and athletic activities, just look at American football, soccer, basketball just to name a few. Your technique must be close to perfect and you must be focused because you will only have a fraction of a second or a few seconds at the most to make a difference.

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Improve balance to increase speed

In general, better balance translates into a more coordinated effort and higher precision of movement regardless of sport, so working on balance should be an important part of any good training regimen for any athlete. But how does our balance affect our speed? Read this article to find out.

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stride length and range of motion

Stride length and range of motion

The difference between stride length and range of motion continues to be an area of confusion that has been difficult for many of my students to understand. All too often at my clinics, I find that I need to keep coming back to this point, to clarify the biomechanical and psychological differences between these two properties…. Read more

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Basic skills of running

If you’re just starting up with running – you should start by working on this set of basic skills first. If you’ve been involved in this sport for a while but haven’t had a chance or the desire to learn these – you should seriously reconsider your approach to your own well-being. Running done wrong… Read more

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Ground Reaction Force and how to use it

What is Ground Reaction Force (GRF)? Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion states that “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” According to that, when we walk or run, every time our foot lands, there is what is called a ‘Ground Reaction Force’ produced. Some go as far as to claim that “the… Read more

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