M4DE XD

MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

M4DE XD

MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

M4DE XD

MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

M4DE XD

MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

M4DE XD

MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

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Why Emotions Matter More Than You Think

Why Emotions Matter More Than You Think

Last weekend, I was mulling over events with various athletes I coach during the week that had preceded it, and it caused me to tweet the following

 “An athletes emotional state is the single biggest determining factor in how they will perform” 

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Invest In Yourself

Invest In Yourself

When I was 14, I had a few choices in terms of the sport I would specialize in. I wasn’t a bad footballer (a common story with track and field athletes), having had a trial at Bristol Rovers and also attracting the attention of scouts from Everton (sadly I had a ‘mare that day)............

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Making The Most of a Bad Situation

Making The Most of a Bad Situation

In life, you have a choice. Some may not agree, but you do. The choice you have is how you react to any situation. You can view anything that happens as positive or negative. Anything!

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Good People = Success

Good People = Success

Before the trials this weekend, I attended a coaching meeting with British Athletics. Some of the coaches delivered short presentations on subjects of their choosing.....

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Life After Athletics

Life After Athletics

When you are an athlete, you live in the short term. The championships you are aiming at in a couple of months, the race this weekend, your training session tomorrow morning, even the next rep of a back squat you are about to go for. Not much else matters......... 

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Going Gluten Free

Going Gluten Free

One thing that often raises eyebrows when people talk to my athletes, is what they eat. Although when I talk to my athletes and get the actual truth about what they’re eating at times, it raises my eyebrows (a magnum every evening for instance or a shortbread and a muffin just coz they felt like it), it is accurate to say that they eat quite differently to a lot of athletes....... 

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Does Weight Training Make You Faster?

Does Weight Training Make You Faster?

Sprinters, and other fast and powerful athletes such as wingers in rugby and centre forwards in football are often well muscled. Of course most elite power athletes are predisposed to high levels of performance in this type of activity........ 

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5 Exercises You Don't Do But Should

5 Exercises You Don't Do But Should

One thing that I believe clearly separates me from other track and field coaches is the amount of different weight training exercises we use in our training.........

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Conditioning For Children

Conditioning For Children

Weight training and conditioning in general is an activity that holds many popular myths. Squatting below 90 degrees being bad for your knees for instance! It is true some people may injure a knee doing full range squats, but many variables determine this outcome........

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Why do our girls not make it?

Why do our girls not make it?

Yesterday I had an enquiry about training with me from a young lady, and she had a story very similar to one I have heard many times before.

It goes like this....

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Strongman Training for Sprinters

Strongman Training for Sprinters

 In recent years the events seen in strongman competitions have been commonly used by athletes in other sports as a way of enhancing their training........

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3 Lessons to Learn from Sophie

3 Lessons to Learn from Sophie

This week, I have been lucky enough to find out that an athlete that I coach has been selected for the GB & NI team for the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Sopot, Poland. That athlete is 19 year old Sophie Papps…....

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Underpinning upright running

Underpinning upright running

Whilst some athletes and maybe coaches think that certain exercises in the gym will make an athlete faster, the truth is this effect is only at best, indirect. Much of the time we are simply hoping the exercise will support or underpin the end technical goal. In this article I outline my favourite exercise in supporting good upright running mechanics.........

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My First Blog

My First Blog

I am pleased to announce today that the blog section of my website is now live and that I will be using this section to update you all the made by Dan news as well as lots of articles detailing my training ideas and methodologies................

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Run Right

Run Right

People often think running mechanics is something only track athletes and coaches are concerned with, but really if you run at all, whether on a sports field or a treadmill, better mechanics will save you time out through injury and improve the quality of your exercise........

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Push To Get Going

Push To Get Going

If like lot's of athletes you struggle to get yourself up to top speed as quickly as your rivals 60m runners or your oppostie winger on the rugby field, perhaps your understanding of what you are trying to achieve is not quite right.........

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