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Summer Speaking Engagements

Can’t get enough Coach Thomas comedy? Want to see which fancy pants coaches I’ve been stealing from lately and how I’ve adapted it to my HS athletes? Well why wait another 45 minutes before receiving yet another email from me when you can come see me live and in person! On June 22, I’ll be speaking at the IYCA East Coast Summit in Canton, Connecticut. I’ll be doing a lecture and a hands on/learn by doing. After the last IYCA event, I apologize in advance if it ends up being more like a stand up comedy routine and less like a college course lecture with lots of big words. For what it’s worth, almost everyone prefers the jokes to me just puking out science words….

Strength & Power Development (programs on sale this week only)

We have programs on sale this week — and you can’t get faster if you don’t get stronger. You can’t jump higher or farther if you don’t get stronger. Sure you can make improvements from cleaning up mechanics, posture and technique. But there’s a very low glass ceiling if that’s where you spend all of your coaching or training time. If there’s one thing I’ve learned during my years working with high school and middle school kids, you don’t have to understand rocket science to make significant improvements to their strength and power. But some exercises *are* better than others. Many of the most effective exercises are best taught in a *specific* way. And there should be a *clear* rhyme and reason to which exercises…

3 Ways Track & Field Can Save Itself From Complete Irrelevance

Let’s face it: The sport of track and field is, well, a joke. I’ve never had a conversation with a single soul, living or dead, who has said, with a straight face, “Wow. Track and field. There’s a sport that’s really got its act together. ” I love track and field. Obviously. But you’re about 50 times (I made that number up, I don’t have real stats for it…) more likely to flip to ESPN and catch an episode of World Series of Poker from 2008 or a Spelling Bee than you are to catch a track meet. And I don’t blame ESPN. I was in Europe during the World Championships. Driving through London, I saw a digital video billboard showing track and field results and…

Success is a Choice?

Today is the one day of the year I like to take some time to reflect on where I’ve been, where I’m at and where I’m going. Because I believe, fundamentally, that our external reality is the mirror image of our internal reality. The physical manifestation of our thoughts, beliefs and expectations. (I know, I know. When am I going to get to the speed training workouts?…. Not today.) So, if you’re one of those people that likes to think, take 10 minutes, read this article and watch the video that follows. Think about this for a minute: The difference between success and failure, in anything, comes down to one simple word. Choice. You have the ability to choose the way your life is going…

Internet speed gurus and the people who love to hate them

  I like to study the patterns. And I’ve found another one. It seems that a lot of brand name (and not so brand name) coaches out there have decided it’s their duty and responsibility to announce who is and is not qualified to create training products. They’ve also set the standard for what is and is not acceptable in terms of ‘marketing’ and ‘hype’. Well, my friends. Since none of my fellow ‘internet speed gurus’ want to jump into the fray with a response, I will speak for all of us. And by that I mean I speak only for myself. So here is the truth about internet speed, strength and conditioning gurus and whether or not you’re allowed to believe the hype. If…

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