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Quantifying Plyometric Training Stress

Quantifying training stress is one of the most searched topics online within the performance coaching community. There are many rough "guidelines" presented by various experts, but not much scientific evidence to back up their reasoning. 24 hours to recover for an...

“The Lab” Goes Pro!

As I sit and write this blog, my excitement is at an all-time high, but so are my nerves. It reminds me of so much of what my athletes go through when the time comes for them to step to the line and ready themselves to compete. They have done the work and they are...

Time to Get Used to Hearing this Name: Claire Farrell

Claire who? Remember this blog when you see this young lady crossing the finish line on the blue oval time and time again as a state champion. Is that too much pressure for a high school freshman? Maybe, but Claire has been there and done that all along the way....

The Daily Grind of Multi-sport Stand-out, Arianna Jackson

Arianna Jackson is a freshman at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, IA. While she may just be a freshman, she is no stranger to athletic success. She is a 3-sport superstar, dominating her competitors in cross country, basketball, and track. Jackson was on track for...

Austin O’Brien – Olympic Marathon Trials

Austin O'Brien was a standout runner for Pleasant Valley High School, a large class school on the eastern border of Iowa. He has been a standout runner going back to his days as a middle school runner when he set state middle school records in several middle-distance...

Ainsley Erzen

Before the 2020 track and field season came to a screeching halt, Carlisle sophomore, Ainsley Erzen, had been torching indoor tracks in Iowa and beyond. While winning races from 200-1500, her true dominance came through in the 800. Erzen went 2 for 2 with dominant...

Murphy’s Law – What Can Happen, Happened

Max Murphy pulled off one of the great come from behind finishing moments in Iowa High School XC history to grab the 2019 class 4A state individual title by less than a second over Dowling Catholic's Sam Hall. Max wasn't always on the radar for a moment like this. He...

Part 2: Conquering and Starting Over – Sydney Milani

This is the 2nd in a 2-Part publication featuring a written question and answer session with Iowa HS track and field legend, Sydney Milani. This final section will include memories, mentors, and training plans. Sydney also gives advice for young runners and athletes...

Part 1: The Rise of Sydney Milani

"The Best". No better words could be used to describe the season Sydney Milani had as a senior for the SE Polk Rams in the spring of 2018. No other athlete, male or female, in the long history of Iowa HS track and field had ever won the 100, 200, 400, and 800 meter...

Do Metrics Matter?

Working in the world of performance testing it can be easy for many athletes or parents to wonder why measuring metrics such as 40-yard dash, max vertical, bench press, etc. matter. Shouldn't sport performance on the field matter most? Short answer...of course!...
“The Lab” Goes Pro!

“The Lab” Goes Pro!

As I sit and write this blog, my excitement is at an all-time high, but so are my nerves. It reminds me of so much of what my athletes go through when the time comes for them to step to the line and ready themselves to compete. They have done the work and they are...

Time to Get Used to Hearing this Name: Claire Farrell

Time to Get Used to Hearing this Name: Claire Farrell

Claire who? Remember this blog when you see this young lady crossing the finish line on the blue oval time and time again as a state champion. Is that too much pressure for a high school freshman? Maybe, but Claire has been there and done that all along the way....

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