The Physical Performance Show: Justin Rinaldi. Fast8 Track Club Coach & dual AUS 800m Champion (1996 & 2006)
In episode 288 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a conversation with Justin Rinaldi. Fast8 Track Club Coach & dual AUS 800m Champion (1996 & 2006) on this Coaches Corner Edition.
Justin Rinaldi is the Head Coach of the Fast8trackclub and coach to Australia’s new wave of middle distance in particular 800M superstar athletes including Peter Bol, Joseph Deng, and a growing stable of other international performers.
During this episode Justin discusses how he became an accidental coach back in 2007, how he’s transferred his own athletic success and his highs lows and learnings into becoming an effective coach. Justin was the Australian 800m Champion in 1996 and a decade later in 2006 at 35 years of age.
Justin shares around the importance of gauging how well an athlete has recovered from our session, how he manages to juggle coaching some of the world’s hottest up and coming 800m talent alongside a full time corporate job and why it is so important to live and learn by your mistakes. We also hear Justins reflections on Peter Bol’s historic 4th place in the Olympic 800m final recently in Tokyo.
To listen to Episode 288:
Listen in as we delve into the following:
- The role of The Coach
- Brad Mathas recent performance
- Risk Management
- Justin’s Approach in Coaching
- His learnings from James Templeton
- What makes an 800m runner?
- How Justin navigates his athletes
- How he Manages his Personal Passion and Coaching
- Training Principles for the Fast 8 track club
- His View of Polarized Training Approach
- Coach Keys – Is the athlete recovering or not?
- Justin’s Strength and Conditioning Principles
- Tapering for his Athletes
- Mindset & Funding for Athletes
- How Do Athletes Stay in their Lane and Focus
- Fast 8 Track Club
- Maxims he says to his Athletes
- Tokyo 2021 Reflection
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“I think if you’re going well in speed end and endurance end then the middle bit is easy to fix.”
“Be there, be present in the sessions and be brave enough to pull back when things are going well and know when to push a little bit more.”
“Be smart and tell them to back off a bit, this is your pace, stick to your pace and don’t go their pace.”
“I think it’s good to learn patience, learn to control your breathing and work through the movement, understand how your body reacts under a slow tension.”
“Make the small changes in the program and know when to pull back rather than pushing too much.”
“The best athletes in the world don’t have a Plan B.”
“You’ve got to be brave as a coach and point them in the right direction”
“I don’t lavish a lot of training praise on athletes.”
“Don’t fear failure.” – Best advice
“Set the treadmill at 20kms per hour and see how long you can run.” – Physical Challenge
To follow Justin Rinaldi
03:20 Welcome Justin
04:00 The role of The Coach
05:06 Brad Mathas recent performance
07:45 Risk Management
08:30 Justin’s Approach in Coaching
10:16 His learnings from James Templeton
11:40 What makes an 800m Runner?
13:29 How Justin Navigates his Athletes
16:00 How he Manages his Personal Passion and Coaching
18:10 Training Principles for the Fast 8 track club
20:40 His View of Polarized Training Approach
22:36 Coach Keys – Is the athlete recovering or not?
28:38 Justin’s Strength and Conditioning Principles
30:40 Tapering for his Athletes
34:30 Mindset & Funding for Athletes
38:50 How Do Athletes Stay in their Lane and Focus
40:30 Fast 8 Track Club
41:57 Maxims he says to his Athletes
43:10 Sweet spots for 800m runner
46:15 Tokyo 2021 Reflection
50:26 Best Advice
53:20 Physical Challenge
Peter Bol – AUS 800m Champion & Olympian, Episode 208 of The Physical Performance Show
Brad Mathas – NZ 800m runner
Alex Rowe – Australian track and field athlete specialising in the 800 meters
Jason Touri – Sports Physical Therapist & Running Coach, Episode 287 of The Physical Performance Show
James Templeton – Elite Athlete Manager
David Lekuta Rudisha, MBS – Kenyan middle-distance runner Peter
Marco Arop – Canadian track and field athlete
Joseph Deng – Australian middle-distance runner
Dr. Stephen Seiler – Sports Scientist – Polarised Training, Episodes 172, 219 & 226 of The Physical Performance Show