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How to make Pre-Season Training Interesting, Relevant and More Fun
June 19, 2018
I Hate Pre-Season TrainingThis is often the thought of players who are forced to undergo various fitness tests and long slow runs as part of a pre-season fitness programme.Doing repeated doggies, shuttle runs and various circuits, with barely a ball in sight is enough to put most players off.It doesn't have to be this way.
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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.

Summer Training 2018: 

We shall be running twice weekly sessions. Monday nights (4th June to 23rd July inclusive) from 5-6pm and Thursday nights (7th June to 26th July inclusive (except 14th June) from 6-7 pm in Willand.

Some of the Thursday sessions will be at Cullompton Community College where we will use the long jump pit and throws cages.

The focus now changes to longer acceleration and sprints, plus jumps and throws.

£4 per session for club members (£3 if already doing gymnastics). Payable in advance for 8 week block (7 sessions for Thursdays).

Competitions: We are planning to attend 5 competitions this Summer, all Open events.

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 January block:

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Athlete feedback

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

Josh Steels: wheelchair tennis
I started working with James 3 years ago via the TASS programme. When James first met me, physically I was nowhere the best I could be. Since working with James I have seen vast improvements in my fitness and strength which has been put into great use on court.Each session is worked around making sure I am able to get the best quality training as well as catering for my chronic pain and fatigue levels. On top of this James has always been happy to meet at facilities that are best for myself meaning I could fit training sessions in on route to tournaments or camps.
 
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Speed Training for Sports Coaches: Paddington, Fully Booked
07 Jul 2018

One day speed seminar for sports coaches This one day seminar will help you understand basic speed training principles and give you practical coaching ideas that you can implement with your sports team and players. Athletic Development Coach James Marshall will introduce coaches to fundamental movements and exercises that will translate from track to field/court […]

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