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 Your Therapy Isn't Working

Why Your Therapy Isn't Working

Everyone has had injuries, and I would suggest that the majority of people have at least a minor problem with their body all the time...... 

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To Excuse Yourself Is To Abuse Yourself

To Excuse Yourself Is To Abuse Yourself

Just recently, I would say I’ve had a significant change in my personality. Some won’t believe that yet, but it’s enough for me that I think it, and that the people I love the most are telling me exactly that. Those who know what I was like, even if you’ve only heard the stories (10 years on and it’s still not uncommon for young University of Bath athletes to ask me if the stories are true, and shamefully I have to answer that most of them are), will know some of the issues I was trying to overcome......... 

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Gaining With Feet At A Time

Gaining With Feet At A Time

Training techniques and ideas are so numerous now, it is literally impossible to apply every good idea you have as a coach, let alone all the different ideas you pick up from other coaches and athletes you come across in this sport, or that you can learn about in books and on the internet......... 

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What’s behind you, and will be soon?

What’s behind you, and will be soon?

Did anyone figure out the riddle in the title? Well, it’s behind you. And hopefully the pain that plagues you in this area, will as well, soon.  It’s your back I’m referring to, particularly, your lower back…….

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Coaches can only poach an egg

Coaches can only poach an egg

The oxford dictionary describes poaching as

 

  1. An illegal practice of trespassing on another’s property to hunt or steal game without the landowners permission

2. any encroachment on another’s property, rights, idea or the like 

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It's not out there, it's in here

It's not out there, it's in here

This week, the same observation has reached me in a few different situations. I’ll describe the issue from an athletic point of view...... 

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The big meat lie

The big meat lie

There cannot be many things in life that represent what makes a man a man, than meat. It must go back to our hunter gatherer roots where meat would have been the prize after a long and tiring hunt..............

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Retreat Day 4- Going Out Into The World

Retreat Day 4- Going Out Into The World

After the excitement of the night before I woke feeling alive. First thing I did was to go and tell everyone on the retreat I’d seen the Panther. There wasn’t any doubt from any of them, which was unsurprising........ 

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retreat days 1 and 2

retreat days 1 and 2

I arrived on the Thursday evening. The house was tucked away on the edge of a steep hill, which ran down from a golf course. As I walked up the stairs i noticed a statue of the Buddha and I couldn't help feeling like I was in a dream..............
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Retreat To Advance

Retreat To Advance

Over the next 4 days, I'm going to describe an experience I have placed myself in, and the things that have lead me to the place I find myself......

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Train Like An Athlete

Train Like An Athlete

Progression is all about avoiding setbacks.

As an athlete I learnt the hard way. But without going through it myself, I couldn't define a picture so clear in which I can teach.......

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What we’re not telling them

What we’re not telling them

Coaching is hard. Have you noticed? The athletes often make our lives very difficult. It’s fair enough, they only get one chance and we have to be right for them, whether the athletes pay or not. Lack of professionalism isn’t acceptable ever...... 

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The Power Of Professionalism

The Power Of Professionalism

I am currently in Japan at the British Athletics World Championships holding camp and I feel this is the perfect time to put my thoughts out on a topic I’ve been thinking about for a while.

When I walked onto the subway train in Fukuoka on the first night, I think it’s unlikely that Godzilla himself would have caused more of a stir. White, blonde hair, blue eyes and being a foot taller than the average Japanese man, I suppose I stand out.............

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PACE Academy- The only place for kids to train in Bath

PACE Academy- The only place for kids to train in Bath

I came through a distinguished line of cynical coaches, so I have inherited the same tendency for having a bit of a moan. One thing I’ve moaned about over the years is lack of correct talent ID in Athletics, failure to channel the talent into the right places and the fact that athletics is often coached in such a boring way, that all but the most dedicated kids, will drop into other sports, or worse still, not do any sport at all...........

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Getting Better With Age

Getting Better With Age

This indoor season has seen another unbelievable set of results from Kim Collins. He currently tops the world rankings, and perhaps most significantly, has run a personal best of 6.47 seconds, at 38............ 

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Learning The Hard Way

Learning The Hard Way

In the last couple of years, I have been lucky enough to enjoy a relatively good amount of success with my athletes. I have had at least one athlete at every major Championship since the World Championships in 2013, including junior and U23 championships............

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SK-ELLIE-TON

SK-ELLIE-TON

A little over a year ago, as I trained in the University of Bath Gym, a rather large man approached me. There are few people who would intimidate me I’d like to think, but Jake is one man who at that time did...................

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