As coaches, our approaches and concepts may not be perfect, but by sharing our ideas without completely dismissing divergent points of view, we accomplish more for our athletes than we would by working separately. In this post, Coach Jakalski presents arguments for two perspectives on strength training for sprinters and distance runners.
Many of the groundbreaking methods and technologies we use may reflect not so much a new school of thought, but rather a creative refinement of old ideas in a convenient way. What we do today, however, certainly improves on what we attempted to do in the past.
How a runner looks while running is often due to the traditional way we view mechanics. But if we alter our view and consider that forward propulsion actually results from what the legs are doing and not what the upper movements appear to reveal, shouldn’t we focus on the lower limb actions?
A sprinter relies on acceleration, max velocity, and speed endurance to get to the finish line fast. But which of the three is most important? Coach Jakalski takes a look at the answer.
If you had to eliminate every sprint drill from your training program except one, what would be your keeper? Coach Ken Jakalski is quick to choose the Polish Bleacher Bound. Here’s his explanation.
Coach Jakalski looks at the use of power meters to help develop a periodization plan. The data from the accelerometers gives an individualized and more-detailed assessment of each athlete, allowing coaches to go beyond rigid timelines or times and distance covered during training sessions as the way to monitor athlete preparation.
Are kettlebells magic orbs that improve all aspects of physical performance? While their movements demand muscular coordination and kinesthetic awareness due to their dynamic, ballistic nature, they’re not better than other strength training protocols. I like kettlebells because my athletes like them.
Many techniques can activate muscles before training and competition. Whichever activities coaches choose to implement in their warmup, they want to accomplish the kind of neurological arousal that they believe best prepares their athletes for the demands of the sport or event they are competing in.
This article includes Randy Huntington’s Excel spreadsheet to calculate relay exchange marks.
The sophisticated features of many current software programs allow coaches and athletes to see that runners’ attempts to lengthen stride can result in over-striding and that attempts to influence stride rate can reduce ground force and shorten flight times. Coaches can now present to their athletes visual evidence of what they do mechanically and how their mechanics deviate from the legendary Dr. Ralph Mann’s mechanics template for high-speed running.