Track And Field Training

Track and field requires intense training and no matter which discipline you focus on, it is a long road to first learn the technique of what you are doing and then building strength and endurance. While it is easy to pick out those who might have talent for shot put, long-jump, long distance running or sprints, it takes a great coach to identify those that have that something extra, that natural athletic ability coupled with the X-factor to turn them into winners.

Some athletes are just blessed with good genes and can do remarkable things with only little training – Jamaican sprinting phenomenon Usain Bolt is one that immediately springs to mind. But most others have to train for years before they are even capable of stringing together performances that will enable them to compete against the best of the best in the World Championships or the Olympic Games.

The Winter Olympics has thrown in some incredible performances such as the Jamaican Bobsleigh team or British ski-jumper Eddie the Eagle Edwards, but with track and field it is very much down to coaching, hard work and dedication.

The United Kingdom has done remarkably well in recent competitions and this has been put down to the fact that the UK National Lottery Fund pays athletes to be able to train full time, instead of having to pursue and hold down jobs and just try and do things in their spare time. But once again, it is training at an early age that is one of the most important things. A kid that can run fast is not necessarily going to be the next 100 meter sprint champion.

In order to achieve that goal, muscle memory needs to be etched in stone and they must have the technique and will to win to go with it. There is no substitute for grit and determination and that is something that cannot be taught by coaching.

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