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Hartmann: A Blueprint For Success

A hot topic lately on the Jumping The Gun podcasts is the need for athletes to improve and the pathways to success to compete on the international stage.

I had a good conversation recently with Irish Runner editor Frank Greally about the current state of affairs and the athletes in the country right now. Frank, who has kept the Irish Runner ship sailing for more years than he cares to remember, has a deep insightful knowledge into athletics that many people overlook. As Con Houlihan told me one time “he’ll only be appreciated when he’s gone.”

In our conversation he came up with two words that Irish athletes need: “harnessing” and “hardening.” To me this was telling. We have no shortage of talent but it needs to be harnessed which for me isn’t being done properly at present. Too much talent is allowed drift and float into mediocrity. There are plenty of support systems around these days and as much information as you could wish for but it still seems to not be having the desired affect of harnessing the talent into results. Coupled with this athletes are in need of some “hardening.” They are vert expectant but have failed to engage – an example of this is the mile race at the Athlone International. There is no one around to give them some harsh home truths and push them to be better. As the Australian coach Nic Bideau says: “Many are called but few are chosen.”

Gerard Hartmann with Kelly Holmes who he helped to three Olympic medals in total

Gerard Hartmann with Kelly Holmes who he helped to three Olympic medals in total

We may not have been excelling on the track in recent years to maximum effect but the Irish have been making their mark in other aspects from athlete representation to treating the world’s top athletic stars. And with this in mind I was given a quick reminder of the ‘Hartmann Blueprint for Success’ workshop on March 21st in Limerick. Gerard Hartmann will be delivering this workshop alongside David Campbell and the four pillar components of the day will cover flexibility, stability, balance and recovery.

The day is suitable for sports people young and old, coaches and therapists and I’d recommend snapping up one of the few remaining places before they go. Myself and Cathal Dennehy went to the Flexibility workshop and came away with a fresh perspective. Read Cathal’s entertaining and insightful review here to get a feel of what to expect. Gerard Hartmann is well publicised as being one of the best therapists in the business and he knows what it takes to succeed. In a results based business his record stands for itself. The proof is in the proverbial pudding and recently I was assigned the task of delivering two world champions to his clinic. If he’s good enough for the best in the world he should be good enough for us.

There are also two places remaining in the ‘Hartmann Flexibility for Therapists Workshop’ on March 28th. Check more details and how to book a spot here

Over the last 20 years Gerard has only delivered similar workshops specifically at the request of private audiences including the British Olympic Association, Kenya and Ethiopian Athletics and Nike International. He has not hosted one of these workshops in Ireland to the public since 1993 and he will be unable to host more workshops until 2017 due to commitments with international Athletes in the lead up to the Rio Olympics and with his role as a member of the Olympic Council of Ireland Medical and Sports Science Team.

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Feidhlim Kelly

Feidhlim Kelly

Con Houlihan once told me that tomorrow is now. In taking on this venture I’ve started to try and put his words into action.

I worked for Con from 2007 till his passing in 2012 taking down his copy and a whole lot more. I have a Con Houlihan section which will go in to more depth on that.

I’m a long-time contributor to the Irish Runner magazine and am also working for the Irish Examiner.

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