Athletic development specialists dedicated to the art and science of excellence in movement


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Individualization of Strength Training: Considerations for Runners and Endurance Athletes

This question below was presented on TheRunZone today and I thought it would be worthwhile to post my response here, since it is very much on point to our training philosophy.

 “Can someone tell me about the pros and cons of weights for running and which weights to do?”

Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) Principles for Ironkids Triathlon: Part 4

The Learn to Train and Training to Train stages are the most important stages of athletic preparation.  During these stages, we make or break an athlete!

-Canadian Sport for Life

Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) Principles for Ironkids Triathlon: Part 3

Old school multisport...Triathlon hadn't yet appeared in the Olympics when this picture was taken!

If you haven't done so, please see the first two installments of this blog series at:

Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) Principles for Ironkids Triathlon: Part 2

In the first installment of this blog we talked about general concepts related to a Long Term Athletic Development approach for the Ironkids Triathlon age bracket of 6 through 15.  In part two of this blog, we'll delve more specifically into the first two stages of the LTAD model: Active Start and FUNdamentals.

Active Start

Overuse...or MISuse?

Just because you can doesn't mean you should.

Lessons in Intelligent Training from Coaching Legends

- It is the intelligent design of training, specifically tailored to each runner’s attributes and performance level that matters. If you make a long-term plan; you prevent burning out in the short-term.  No single workout matters much in the big-picture! Running hundreds of moderate workouts will transform your body and racing capacity, over time. 

-Tom "Tinman" Schwartz, M.S.

Sensorimotor Considerations in the Assessment of Arch Stability

Question: I have been told that I have high arches. Thus, my foot might require support. If my arch collapses, over time, I will develop Plantar Fasciitis. Is there a test for weak arches? I have been wearing my Vibram 5 Fingers. I also frequently practice picking up items with my toes (marbles, towels, etc)?