Darren Campbell would not Encourage his Kids to Run Track

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On a recent BBC 5 Live Radio show (link to radio show archive and MP3 below), Darren Campbell says he would not encourage his three children to follow him into athletics, as the recent doping claims have made him lose faith in the sport. (If you don't know who England's Darren Campbell is, read … [Read more...]

PODCAST on Microstretching Benefits

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I briefly discussed the benefits of Microstretching in my recent article How to Relieve Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS).  There is pending research that Low intensity static stretching or Microstretching may be beneficial for DOMS, as well as improve your range of motion. You have to go … [Read more...]

Interview with Henk Kraaijenhof by Mike Hurst [PODCAST]

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Henk Kraaijenhof currently works for Vortx (Dutch only web site) and his blog is www.helpingthebesttogetbetter.com Henk's coaching credentials include Nelli Cooman, Melene Ottey, Troy Douglas and Tennis star Mary Pierce. His specialty is the physical and mental coaching, in particular stress and … [Read more...]

Mike Agostini: The Forgotten World’s Fastest Man [PODCAST]

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On August 7, 1954 during the Empire Games (now called the Commonwealth Games) in Vancouver, B.C., Roger Bannister of England and John Landy and Australia met for the first time at the newly constructed Empire Stadium (which was later demolished in 1993) But the forgotten part of this Commonwealth … [Read more...]

14 Tapering Strategies to Bring Speed Athletes to Peak Cycle

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This article is guest blogged by Ryan Banta, an assistant coach at the Ladue/St. Louis Lightning Track; Feld club. He previously wrote Sprint Drills and Cues and Acceleration and Maximum Velocity To view all his articles on this Blog click here . It's my birthday, and I thought this … [Read more...]

Interview with Lyle McDonald [Podcast with Derek Hansen]

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Lyle McDonald is my go-to guy when it comes to asking advice on nutrition, supplements, and performance. He is also the author of the Protein Book along with 6 other books. I’ve had several Q&A’s with him on this Blog, namely: Vegetarian Nutrition and Sports Performance How much … [Read more...]

Dan Pfaff on Success Under Pressure (Interview from Ellie Spain)

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Ellie is a UKA Qualified Jumps Coach, holds an MSc in Strength and Conditioning, is a UKSCA accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach, a NSCA certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, a BWLA Certified Olympic Weightlifting Instructor, a qualified teacher PGCE(LLS) and most recently, … [Read more...]

48 Best Interviews for Speed, Strength Training, Recovery & Inspiration

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If I can make one quote about this blog, it would be from Issac Newton. If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants There is no way I would have the knowledge (and share the knowledge to you) if it weren’t for my previous coaches, as well asking questions to the smartest … [Read more...]

Interview with Inigo Mujika, an Expert on the Science of Tapering & Peaking

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Next week Iñigo Mujika will be speaking at the Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group and is one of the top sport physiologists internationally. His work on tapering and detraining is widely respected among his peers and coaches. This is part 16 of the Freelap Friday Five Series, Season … [Read more...]

Interview with Mark Kokavec, on Designing Shoes & Spikes

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This is part 15 of the Freelap Friday Five Series, Season Three.  To review the past 45 interviews, click here. Part 1 was Jeff Cubos, Chiropractor and Performance Therapist Part 2 was John Godina, World Athletics Center founder & Elite Shot Putter Part 3 was Questions & Answers … [Read more...]

Interview with Peter Fortune – Coach of Cathy Freeman [PODCAST]

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Thanks to Mike Hurst who made this podcast available. Peter Fortune became Cathy Freeman’s coach shortly after she was a member of the 1990 4x100m Relay team for Australia. The rest is history for her 400m accomplishments … 2 World Championships Gold medals (97 Athens, 99 Seville), an Olympic … [Read more...]

Interview with Carl Valle, USATF Level 2 Sprints & Hurdles Coach

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This is part 14 of the Freelap Friday Five Series, Season Three.  To review the past 43 interviews, click here. Part 1 was Jeff Cubos, Chiropractor and Performance Therapist Part 2 was John Godina, World Athletics Center founder & Elite Shot Putter Part 3 was Questions & Answers … [Read more...]

Interview with Brian Theriot – UCLA Sprinter turned Pro 800/Mile

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This is part 13 of the Freelap Friday Five Series, Season Three. To review the past 41 interviews, click here. Part 1 was Jeff Cubos, Chiropractor and Performance Therapist Part 2 was John Godina, World Athletics Center founder & Elite Shot Putter Part 3 was Questions & Answers from … [Read more...]

David Oliver Training with Joel Brown and Mike Hurst [PODCAST]

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The last time I saw David Oliver train was in Florida April 2012 when I was shadowing legendary coach Brooks Johnson.  You can watch that video here. I’ve seen David enough times at Diamond League meets, but when I did see him train, he was doing 300m sprints. What the heck is a 110m hurdler … [Read more...]