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Chasing a Dream

December 15th marked three months since I moved into my Northern Phoenix apartment, my whole life packed into the backseat and trunk of a car. All for the sake of pursuing an opportunity to train professionally at the World Athletics Center’s US campus. When I first applied, I never thought that I would actually find myself in the position to leave everything I know and head west. I was a Division III athlete and albeit highly decorated, you rarely hear about Division III athletes making a name for themselves after college. I knew it would be a push and that to carve a space out for myself in the world of professional track & field would take more than I had previously given. My senior…

3 Hip Dominant Exercises for Size and Speed

We are all more than likely well aware at this point that the posterior chain, Glue-Ham Complex, Backside, or whatever else you would like to call it, is absolutely critical in all areas of human performance. Success in everything from power lifting, Olympic lifting, bodybuilding, team sports, injury prevention-treatment, aesthetics, etc. automatically demands that the hips be operating at the highest degree possible. In this quick article I’m going to hopefully introduce 3 new hip dominant exercises that do an outstanding job at developing this part of our anatomy, as well as discuss some of their specific roles in training.   #1-Click here to watch: Stability Ball Leg Curls   The stability ball leg curl has existed for awhile from what I’ve seen, but progressing…

Complete Track and Field Black Friday Coupon Codes and Special Offers

Everything in the CTF Store is on sale for the lowest prices of the year until midnight Eastern on Wednesday December 3, 2014. We’ve also added DVD versions of all full programs, which you can sort through by event group. Here is the list of deals you can get. If you follow us here at CTF with any regularity, you understand how rare it is we drop the prices so low. You can view all the bundles by clicking the ‘Bundles (Until 12/3 only)’ tab in the right column or click here to go directly the the list.   Coupon Codes: In addition to the huge discounts we’re having on all of our individual resources and specialized bundles, you can get additional savings by using…

Contrast Training Methods for Sprinters

Before I dive into the details for why sprinters and athletes should utilize this type of training, I’m going to first define what it is exactly.  Contrast Training was first introduced to me by Louie Simmons at Westside Barbell.  This type of training involves a “contrast” or some source of variable resistance as you perform an exercise throughout a range of motion.  Bands and chains placed around the bar are the most common implements used to create this effect. Contrast Training addresses the concept of “Accommodating Resistance.”  Due to changes in the detail of movement throughout an exercise, the degree of difficulty or level of resistance working against us changes automatically.  I’m sure many are probably familiar with what I’m talking about.  Take the back…

Properly Programming and Scheduling In-Season Weight Training

For the most part, certain sports have it easy when it comes to in-season weight training. Football has games on Friday nights so weight training on Mondays and Wednesdays makes perfect sense. For many other sports like track and field, competitions can fall anywhere during the week and on some Saturdays. Sometimes you have two or more meets per week. How are you supposed to keep a good in-season weight training schedule and make sure you are doing enough weight training when competition days change each week? This is a question that paralyzes a lot of track coaches during the season. Many times I will speak to a coach and they have no real plan of attack when it comes to in-season weight training. Many…

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