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So You Want to be a Sprinter [Kindle Edition]

Bud Winter , Jimson Lee , John Stallcup
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Book Description

The original two versions (1956, 1973) written by Bud Winter famous coach of the San Jose State Spartan track and field teams from 1941 to 1974 , were used to train many Olympic medalists and dozens of world record holders. The new 2010 edition combines the best of both versions, and includes detailed training plans for full time year 'round athletes, and one for multi-sport athletes beginning training in January.

The training plans and techniques illustrated in this book were used by Olympic medal winners and World Record holders, Ray Norton, Bob Poynter, Dennis Johnson, Tommie Smith, John Carlos, Lee Evans, Ronnie Rae Smith, just some of the 37 world record holders coached by Bud Winter.

This book offers any track coach or parent a step by step guide to teach anyone to sprint faster. The "Tested, proven, techniques to teach anyone to sprint faster" includes:

* The 3 ways to be a faster sprinter
* Starting technique and using blocks
* The 8 essential drills to develop optimal sprint form
* The gather and the finish lean
* Full, proven detailed training plans for the year 'round athlete
* Full, proven detailed training plans starting in January
* Lee Evans specialized training plan for the 400 meters
* Basic, proven relaxation techniques
* The 7 attributes that makes a champion

This book is a must-read for any track coach, or parent interested in having their athletes run faster whether they run track, play soccer, basketball, baseball, football or lacrosse. The time tested techniques "So You Want to be a Sprinter" will help any athlete, male or female, young or old, run faster.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1012 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bud Winter Enterprises; 2010 edition (June 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057OEV68
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,192 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great. Useful, but not optimal. November 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Many of the recommendations in this book don't agree with techniques observed in true elite-level sprinters and the long-to-short training style is not as favorable for 100m & 200m "pure" sprints, but the book no less explains many techniques and strategies for sprinting that are worthwhile.

The Kindle version, particularly, makes it tricky to view descriptions and sketches in the same frame, which makes it a less useful read. The book is very short and doesn't contain many details about *planning* sprinter training, but it has a lot of technique points one might try. Again, not everything agrees with the technique seen in the world's best sprinters, but some cues may be successful for an individual athlete.

Overall, a useful book to have in your coaching library, if for no other reason than a few new cues to use with your athletes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good concepts, needs clarification. February 3, 2012
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The ideas presented appear to be good conceptually, but the illustrations in the Kindle edition are not clearly titled and captioned. In the Kindle edition, some of the text wants to expand a page and is quite kludgy to do and then return to normal viewing.
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More About the Author

Lloyd C. "Bud" Winter was the world renowned, legendary coach of the San Jose State Spartan Track and Field teams from 1941-1974. During his tenure at San Jose State, Bud coached 37 world record holders, 27 Olympians and 102 NCAA All-Americans. His world record holders included all of the sprints and sprint relays, as well as the pole vault. His cross country teams won the national championships twice.

Bud Winter coached world record breaking sprinters Tommie Smith, Lee Evans, John Carlos, Ray Norton, Dennis Johnson, and Hal Davis. At one time his athletes held all ten world records for sprinting events. Bud was the first person to prove the idea that the key to winning in sports was not 100 or 110 percent effort. "Far more can be achieved with a four fifths effort" he said and he proved it. Because of the impact of Bud Winters on the coaching of sprinters, San Jose State was given the name "Speed City".

Bud Winter died of a heart attack in Houston at the age of 76, one day before his induction into the Track and Field Hall of Fame

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