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Middle Distance Coaching and Training resources authored by Steve Bennett

Maturing as a Distance Athlete: Caution

Author: Steve Bennett To mature as a distance athlete you need patience – In 2003 i had a large number of very good national level junior athletes in my squad. They all wanted, like everyone does success now or at

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Bounding Training For Runners the Oztrack Method

Running Bounding Plyometrics

Author: Steve Bennett This article explains a way of training for runners that will steadily improve their power levels in a specific way.  It works as a crucial element in the development of Sprinters & is also very effective at

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Recovery Ideas to assist improvement in Endurance Runners

Author: Steve Bennett In our fast paced world it is easy for athletes to get run down many things outside of training itself. Living a balanced life and at the same to reaching your potential in athletics is a challenge.

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Middle Distance Speed Training Ideas

Author: Steve Bennett Just a few ideas that I thought i would share that I used with my squad. Speed Bounds We regularly did 10m running start and 20m speed bounds. I count the number of steps and also time

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Endurance Training: Intensity vs Volume

Author: Steve Bennett For many years now debate has raged between advocates of the two extremes of training for middle distances. We have had athletes who have been on well over 160km a week running great times in 1500m and

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Planning Ideas For 800m & 1500m Athletes

Author: Steve Bennett Short Term Planning I have implemented with my squad a mixture of all the previously discussed methods that vary throughout the year.It is very important to have a clearly defined off-season where basic training, implementation of new

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Sprint Training for the Developing Athlete.

Sprint Training for the Developing Athlete. Author: Steve Bennett This article is designed for younger athletes who have done little training. It contains the main points of a long term approach. It is initially much more important to improve balance,

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Speed from Strength

Speed from Strength Author: Steve Bennett B.Sc. (Physiology) www.oztrack.com A great thing for any runner to develop would be more “bounciness” and in any endurance athlete would be “sustained bounciness”. The good news is most athletes can improve the power

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Ideas for Young Talented Athletes by Steve Bennett

Author: Steve Bennett There are many very young (9-13yrs old) extremely talented athletes out there. Some of them like Australia’s Georgie Clarke can make great progressions at an early age. 800m age 11 2:12 age 12 2:08 age 13 2:05

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