ALTIS is an elite training environment, and a global leader in sports education. In this podcast our hosts sit down with coaches, sports medicine professionals and athletes to share insights into elite performance.
ALTIS Series: 1 Track Mind - S2E7 - Coach Mo Wells
For episode 7 we welcome Coach Mo Wells the VP of Pro Sports for House of Athlete. Mo trains a diverse group of professional athletes and just returned from the NFL Combine. He is uniquely positioned to comment on speed development in a variety of different sports.
You can follow him on:
Twitter: @MoKnowz_ and Instagram: moknowz
1:05 Give us an instance(s) when you personally realized there are levels to this track game?
3:20 Talk to us about your track origins at McNeese State and LSU
8:00 When did you decide you wanted to be a coach?
11:45 What did you learn from track?
14:10 How did you then have to evolve to help coach other sports? And who were some mentors along the way?
17:45 Tell us about House of Athlete and how you arrived there?
19:55 You are uniquely qualified to speak on this: In your observation, what is the difference between track sprinting speed, football speed and basketball speed?
22:45 Another kind of speed is hurdle speed. Give you some insight into helping Alaysha Johnson qualify for World Indoors in the 60H.
26:20 You just got back from the NFL Combine, you only have 8-10 weeks to prepare these football athletes (as opposed to a whole season for track). What are your considerations with such a limited amount of time? (Like what things do you address, are there things you stay away from in training).
30:00 NFL guys have different positional demands and body types, gives us some examples how you train them based on who you have in front of you.
32:00 How would NFL offseason training differ for a vet vs a combine athlete?
34:30 The one guy who keep popping up with the highlights is Ja Morant … how have you been able to support what he is doing on the court?
38:00 You also coach combat athletes - boxers specifically
41:00 You have been outspoken on social media and championing collaboration between coaches. Why are you so passionate about this?
43:45 Share a cool/fun track or training story with us!
45:30 Who should we have on the show that you could help us get?
ALTIS Series: 1 Track Mind - S2E6 - Coach Kareem Streete-Thompson
Our guest today is 3x Olympian and 7x World Championship competitor Kareem Streete-Thompson, now Associate Head Coach at UT San Antonio. Kareem is the only athlete besides Carl Lewis to have run sub 10 seconds in the 100m dash and Long Jumped over 8.50 meters. Enjoy the conversation!
1:30 Give us an instance(s) when you realized there are levels to this track game?
4:45 Give us the backstory of growing up in Cayman Islands and making your way to Rice? How did you decide on Rice?
14:00 Talk to us about Victor Lopez. What did he impart on you during your time together?
17:40 What was it like competing at the international level as a sprinter AND jumper?
24:45 How did you come to train with Dan Pfaff?
31:55 How did your warmup & prep differ for LJ vs Sprint event?
39:20 Give us some tales of Dan Pfaff?
42:45 What advice do you have for athletes transitioning into coaching?
46:45 What is a song that represents you?
48:30 Who are you 5 favorite rappers?
49:50 Give us a cool track story or 2?
53:50 Who should we have on the show that you could help us get?
ALTIS Series: 1 Track Mind - S2E5 - Coach David Oliver
For episode 5 we welcome 110 Hurdle legend and now Director of Track at Howard University David Oliver. We reminisce about his hurdling career and talk about his transition to coaching ...
1:45 Give us an instance(s) when you realized there are levels to this track game?
6:00 Seeing what you accomplished throughout your career is pretty special considering you weren’t the quintessential high school hurdler. What is it about you that you feel sets you apart from other hurdlers?
10:50 Tell us about your High-school career as multi-sport athlete and the Denver track culture?
14:30 You leave Howard as an All-American to join the pro ranks. During a very competitive period in the 110s. What was that first year as pro like?
20:00 What is one of your favorite pro career memory?
32:30 How did Coaching come about, was that something you planned for?
44:00 Sometimes it is the small victories in coaching
48:00 How have you adapted to coaching athletes that can’t train like you?
51:00 What is something you learned from another athlete?
56:30 What did you get out of track beyond competing & medals?
57:45 Who are your coaching influences?
1.05:30 Give us a cool/fun track story
1.14:00 Who should we have on the show that you could help us get?
Special: 4x100 Relay Chat with Coach Vince Anderson
Host Andreas Behm sits down with Coach Vince Anderson (author of the ALTIS Relays Course) to chat about the 4x100 Relay and answer YOUR questions submitted via social media and email on this event.
The questions we tackle in this special episode:
- What do you enjoy about coaching Relays?
- Biggest things to be aware of in the 4x100?
- The importance of aggression in the 4x100
- Why do relays set the tone for a track meet?
- Why is the 4x1 song of choice “The Wait” by the Pretenders?
- Is the anchor leg always where you should put your fastest runner?
- How do you work with an athlete on a leg they don’t want to run?
- What is the most overlooked aspect in teaching the sprint relay? What do we as coaches tend to take for granted?
- What should you look for in a curve runner in the 4x100?
- What is the psychology of staying calm and cool on the 3rd leg?
- 4th leg reading the mark all the runners converge in that zone any advice on focusing in on just your teammate, it is total chaos.
- Is it worth it to set up exchanges so that your stronger runners get the baton sooner in the zone and/or give later?
- What is recommended when an outgoing runner receives what I would call a "short stick" where the athlete does not receive the end of the stick in their hand but more in the middle. This causes a bit of a problem when they go and try to hand off to the next runner having only 1/2 the stick available to place in the hand.
ALTIS Series: 1 Track Mind - S2E4 - 2004 Olympic Gold Men's British 4x100 Relay
For this episode we welcome four special guests! The members of the Athens 2004 Gold Medal winning British 4x100m Relay Team. It is not everyday one gets to chat with an entire Olympic relay squad and listen to their perspectives. The four members that shocked the world with their victory are:
These four gentlemen published a book around their Olympic exploits, their experience growing up as minorities in Great Britain and the aftermath of winning Gold.
The book is called Our Race: The Untold Story of an All-Time Sporting Shock
Available via Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09B3RPRV7/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1
If you enjoy this podcast episode, we urge you to check out the book!
4:20 Talk to us about the preparation. What was the relay training situation like?
7:30 How often had you four run in this formation before the Athens Games? With all the ups and downs you'd had individually and collectively, how come you had so much belief that Athens would be your moment?
12:00 What were the main hurdles you had to overcome in order to negotiate your personal rivalries and gel as a group?
18:45 Usually in relay squads members have different roles, can you describe your role within the team.
22:15 What was the time in the call room and then on the track like before the finals?
32:10 Walk us through the race from leg to leg (handing off to one another). What were you aware of while you were running?
42:00 Once a 4x1 runner hands off the baton, they basically become a spectator. What did the first three legs think as you watch the race unfold and the seeing Mark speeding down the homestretch?
51:45 How did winning gold feel? Does winning the ultimate prize in sport make it all worth it? How did you feel about competing after you became champions?
58:30 How do you feel your individual upbringings contributed to making you world-class athletes?
1:17:00 How do you guys feel that your achievements are viewed and recognized in Britain and elsewhere?
1:29:00 How did the book come about? Why have you chosen this route to publication? What do you hope the book helps change?
ALTIS Series - 1 Track Mind - S2E3 - Coach Joel Brown
For this episode we welcome Ohio State Associate Head Coach Joel Brown. We discuss Joel's long professional hurdling career, his start into coaching and the development of 200 runner Anavia Battle.
1:30 Track & Field can humble you quick ... give us an instance where you realized there are levels to this.
3:30 Give us your evolution as a hurdler, high school and college
10:00 Growing up in Baltimore
13:10 You entered the pro ranks during arguably the deepest error of hurdling. What was that like going from a top NCAA hurdler to competing as pro along side the likes of Dayron Robles, Liu Xiang, Ladji Doucoure etc?
19:30 Tell us about competing at Helsinki World Champs - that had some of the craziest weather ever
23:35 How would you describe your hurdle style, what made you an elite-level hurdler? And talk us through who you liked competing against?
26:40 The transition from elite athlete to college coach can be different for everyone share with us your experience and what it was like for you?
29:20 Who are your coaching mentors and influences?
33:10 Having seen so much of this sport from a variety of different view points, what advice would you give yourself as a volunteer if had the opportunity to do so?
34:15 Talk us through the amazing development of Anavia Battle and some of your coaching points/philosophy in regards to the 200. She had a phenomenal season culminating earning a spot on the US Olympic Team
41:45 Give us a great track story - you have been around the sport at every level.
43:50 Who else would you like to listen to on this show?