Head of Strength & Conditioning for England 7s
Spending a year working with Jonas and the Speedworks team is one of the most valuable learning experiences in my career to date. Immersion in an environment of elite sprinters, coaches and practitioners, alongside the conversations I was able to have with Jonas around his coaching philosophies and processes, has had a huge impact on my perspective of developing athletes from all sports.*
*Jonas has a great balance between a practical, experienced-based approach alongside having close contact with leading evidence-based researchers in the area of sprint training, as well as having significant experience himself of working alongside, and learning from, other world-leading coaches. All of this had an influence on his programmes and approaches with his athletes which he was constantly tweaking and updating. This outlook and manner of learning and working in itself is one that is representative of many great coaches. I particularly enjoyed conversations with Jonas where he would critique what may be popular opinion or the opinion of leading researchers and other coaches, and apply his own experience to come up with an approach that he believed would be best for the particular athletes he was working with at that particular time.*
*The results Jonas has had with his athletes speaks for itself. There is no sport as testing as athletics in terms of exposing the physical, technical, tactical and psychological understanding of the coach. In output-based sports such as sprinting, and especially events as short as 100m, there is nowhere to hide if your athlete isn’t in the peak physical and technical condition they need to be. Jonas has proven his expertise time and time again, with multiple athletes over a number of years in various competitions.