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How to develop speed: Gary Winckler
October 2, 2018
“The hamstrings transfer force from the motor of the butt to the wheels of the foot.”Tenets of speed developmentAthletics coach  Gary Winckler  delivered an excellent overview on what he thinks is important on developing speed. A lot of the work is similar to what Frans Bosch did a couple of years ago, and he mentioned Bosch’s work a lot.
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Athletics Club

Excelsior ADC: Athletics

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Excelsior ADC training

Welcome to our Athletics Club page. We have weekly sessions in the Spring and Summer that are open to all, plus workshops and seminars. We are a fully affiliated Athletics Club and a member of British Athletics.

We accept athletes who are in school year 5 and above. Before that, we recommend they get outside and play and enjoy school activities.

Autumn Training 2018: 

Sessions resume after October half term.

Monday night: Strength and co-ordination training 1730-1830

Based on feedback and observation from the team sports players who came to the club last Winter. This session will help the youngsters improve their co-ordination (especially important around the growth spurt) and underlying strength.

The strength and co-ordination will help form the foundation for all sporting movements, including athletics.

£4 per session for club members (£3 if already doing gymnastics).

Feedback from the athletes

At the end of their each block of training, every athlete is asked to provide some feedback anonymously. Here is what they had to say after the September block:

I shall use this information to adjust what we do accordingly. Thanks to everyone for this useful information.

The programme shall be self-contained, but will provide foundation for future work. It will include:

athletics training devonWhilst the benefits of running are well known, there are also risks of just being a runner: overuse, monotony, one dimensional approach to fitness. As a member of the Excelsior ADC you will benefit from expert coaching to help you get better at running, but also be fitter and healthier overall.

Head Coach James Marshall is the author of Run Faster and has coached athletes from many sports to run faster. He designs the training sessions with the participants ability in mind. He is a fully licenced Athletics Coach with British Athletics

An example of the coaching tips you get is here:

For those wanting Individual running coaching with James Marshall, see the Run Faster page. 

Our base is in Willand, Cullompton,Devon, Ex15 2RN. This is only 15 minutes from Tiverton and Wellington in Somerset, only 25 minutes from Honiton, Exeter and Taunton in Somerset.

Further reading:
Should I start running? 

Client Testimonials

College of St Mark and St John
James is an excellent and experienced Strength and Conditioning Coach. He is able to draw on these experiences to adapt and meet each client’s specific needs. James is known for his engaging and dynamic style that has proved effective in producing results. Having worked with James, he is both organized and efficient. He also is an evidence based practitioner happy to engage in debate and take on new ideas. James rightly demands high standards and a good work ethic which reflects his own contribution to each situation
 
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Upcoming Courses

Athletic Development Coach – TAUNTON *NEW COURSE*
18 Nov 2018

A one day course for sports coaches in Somerset looking to help get their teams fitter. Practical ideas that you can use immediately. Course fee £100 includes resources and e-learning modules.

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