Training for 400m is an E-book.

Author: Steve Bennett

It aims to present a range of ways to prepare for 400m. There are some core ideas which are very important for all 400m athletes to value but there is a great opportunity for coach creativity in 400m training.

The advantage of an E-book as it can be updated easily by the author and with Oztrack E-booksall future electronic updates of Training for 400m will be FREE to registered users.

"The 400m event is an extended sprint which combines the need for high levels of speed with a very high level of specific endurance. 400m athletes need great specific strength and excellent technique so that they can maintain form in the finishing straight."

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Index of Contents

Chapter 1
The New Biomechanics of Sprinting
A description of the latest technique of Sprinting that is displayed by many Elite Athletes. Also discussion of how a knowledge of this can be applied to any developing athlete.

Chapter 2
Sprinting & the Nervous system

The Nervous system is quite limited in its capacity to recover from certain types of stresses. This is a very important area to understand when aiming to produce and train for high speeds.

Chapter 3
Strength Development

Ideas to do with strength training including periodization ideas for advanced athletes.

Chapter 4
Power Development

Any athlete that wants to accelerate fast and have a higher maximum speed will need to be able to develop more power. What can be done to improve power?

Chapter 5
Improvement of Technique

Important guidelines in the development of improved technique. Making sure there is technical improvement is the prime indicator of what is good coaching and what is not.

Chapter 6
Endurance Development

How can athletes develop endurance without decreasing speed. What is good long-term? What is bad practise?

Chapter 7
An Introduction to 400m Preparation

Discusses a variety of concepts that are important background to understanding 400m training.

Chapter 8
Training Methods of some Elite 400m Athletes

Discussion of a variety of methods used by elite 400m athletes.

Chapter 9
Developing 400m Athletes – A Yearly Plan

A possible plan for training is presented which may suit some athletes.

Chapter 10
Tactical Ideas for Racing 400m

Chapter 11
Young 400m Athletes – what to do with them

Chapter 12
Nutrition & Recovery Ideas For 400m

Chapter 13
Supplementary Ideas of Training Sessions

Creativity is a big part of the fun of coaching and athletes love variety. Many extra ideas are provided in this section.

Recommended Resources - Includes about 30 links to special articles on the web and other resources.

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Thanks for the information mostly goes to:
Adrian Faccioni (University of Canberra), Vern Gambetta (Gambetta Training Systems), Mike Hurst (Coach of Darren Clark, Maree Holland, Debbie Wells), Ron Wyld (Dalton Grant), Michael Khmel (Matt Shirvington, Patrick Dwyer), Cliff Mallett (Paul Di Bella, Damien Marsh, Sharon Cripps), Esa Peltola (Patrick Johnson), Peter Fortune (Cathy Freeman, Tamsyn Lewis, Lauren Hewitt),Tudor Bidder (Renee Poetschka, Declan Stack, Susan Andrews), Roy Boyd (Kyle Van der Kuyp), Jackie Byrnes (Melinda Gainsford, Jana Pittman), Phil Geddes (David Geddes), Lindsay Watson (Zid Abou Hamed, Todd MacDonald), Colin Wright (Tim Jackson, Jenny Laurendet), Paul Laurendet (Holt Hardy, Marty Byron, Amber Menzies, Clinton Hill), Matt Barber (Dean Capobianco), Andrew Jackson (Rachel Massey-Jackson), Loren Seagrave (Speed Dynamics, Evelyn Ashford, Donovan Bailey), and Dan Pfaff (Bruny Surin, Obadele Thompson, Donovan Bailey).