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Week 2 At The IMG Academy: Athlete Blog

Week 2 at IMG seemed slightly less intense as I adjusted (a bit!) to the daily warm up and temperatures (still high 30’s). New things that were incorporated were medicine ball exercises, concentrating on all the power coming from your hips, ladder steps evolving into strides, and strides pulling sleds – focusing on high knees and good form.

After Tuesdays training we had mental conditioning where we talked about other athletes successes being inspiring and motivating, and watched a video about the sprinter turned rugby player Carlin Isles.

Blue Track at the IMG to match the clear skies of Florida

Blue Track at the IMG to match the clear skies of Florida

Later in the week we had a tempo session on grass and our first nutrition talk discussing the importance of hydration and recovery. We learned how vital it is to replace the electrolytes that we lose through sweat, and useful ways to do that using sports drinks and potassium rich foods.

The final session of the week, before we had the weekend off for Labor Day, involved individual video analysis of our form as we did drills and flying 30’s. Loren Seagrave will analyse these with us next week when he returns.

Overall I’ve really enjoyed my first two weeks and started to connect with others on the team especially a Scottish girl from Aberdeen who is trying to adjust to the American culture and climate like myself.

By Ellen McGeough for JTG

Check out week 1’s blog here.

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Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell is an athlete, a coach, and a business management graduate. A former youth international, he represented Ireland in sprint hurdles, 400m hurdles, high jump and relays. He is current senior 60m & former 110m hurdles champion and ranks 3rd & 5th on the Irish all-time list for the events. Years of battling and finally overcoming injuries have led to his keen interest in strength and conditioning for athletes, as well as his current course of study: Neuromuscular Physical Therapy. He is occasionally referred to as GOD, not due to his initials, but because of his heavenly beard, which he has sported since the age of 5.

1 Comment

  1. Peter kirui
    September 9, 2015 at 3:12 pm — Reply

    Congratulation

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