Andreas Behm is the Sprints and Hurdles Coach, Education Director, and Recruitment Director at ALTIS in Phoenix, Arizona. Andreas came to his current position from Texas A&M University, where he served for eight years as a volunteer coach assisting with sprints and hurdles. He was named the U.S. Olympic Track Coach of the Year by the USOC in 2012.
Behm coached Aries Merritt to an Olympic Gold and 110m World Record in 2012, and he recently coached Chinese Hurdler Xie WenJun to a fifth-place finish at the Doha IAAF World Championships. He has coached athletes who have competed at three Olympic Games and eight World Championships.
Andreas discusses various concepts for designing and managing the program for any athlete seeking to gain speed. He gives his thoughts on weekly training setups, individualizing potentiation sessions, the relationship of the hurdles to other events and athletic arenas, and addressing and instilling rhythm in athletes, as well as ideas on special strength work for sprinters.
In this podcast, Coach Andreas Behm discusses with Joel:
- Philosophies he developed working with top coaches.
- How to individualize potentiation sessions for athletes.
- Training hurdles in relationship to other events.
- Using wickets in the training program for hurdles.
- Using special strength exercises with his athletes.
- Designing individualized programs for each athlete.
- Lessons learned in his years of coaching.
Podcast total run time is 1:02:40.
Keywords: speed development, hurdles, potentiation, special strength