Author Archives: Henk Kraaijenhof

About Henk Kraaijenhof

My name is Henk Kraaijenhof and I started this blog as a random collection of concepts, ideas, stories and events that are important or interesting to me in my work as an international performance consultant in a wide range of fields, and sometimes outside of my work. I will try to post a new entry every 3-4 days. Feel free to comment if you like.

Happiness is overrated.

In my daily work I do not only help elite athletes, but high-performers in all fields of life, celebrities, artists, actors, CEO’s, etc. Sometimes we talk about life in general. Now here in Holland the trend is to focus on … Continue reading

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Speed myths – part 3: Good sprinting technique is crucial for good sprinting results.

My problem isn’t as much with the statement in itself as well with the word “good”. Let me ask a few critical questions: What does “good” actually mean? He/she is running fast, so it must his/her good technique must be … Continue reading

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Speed myths – part 2: Get strong, sprint fast…

Strength training is an indispensable part of the training of elite sprinter, at least for most sprinters, not for all. I have personally coached good sprinters, man running sub.10 secs hardly being able to squat 80 kgs (180 lbs) or … Continue reading

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Speed myths – part 1: Sprinters are born.

When lecturing, I encounter a lot of ideas and concepts that are often taken for granted by a large part of the audience without any critical thinking about what is written or said. In the form of a few blog … Continue reading

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Making a difference (by not having to use smartphone).

Lecturing a lot for different audiences for about 35 years allows me to notice changes in the transfer of information and the value of knowledge and experience. One of the most heard answers I get when asking a question nowadays … Continue reading

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A book and random thoughts.

I finally found the time and mindset to write a post for my blog, I have been hooked up in many projects the last couple of months. There is time to read and learn, a time to experiment and to … Continue reading

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My book and China trip

Book Yes, hard to believe but my first book about sprinting came out last week. It isn’t meant for sport scientists. Coaching (sprints) still is more of an art than a science. Averaged values and generalized principles hardly play a … Continue reading

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It has been some time.

I have been slacking a bit with my blog posts. I often stated that as a coach I use a three phase cycle. First, the phase of information-acquisition such as reading, listening, and observing. Then the second phase of processing … Continue reading

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Trust us…… we’re scientists or doctors

As you may have noticed in my recent blogs, I am getting a bit worried about the level of injustice and inequality in elite sports. What surprises me more I that very few people who definitely should, take the effort … Continue reading

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A provocative thought

1963: most of you probably weren’t born. But one of the greatest news items was the Great Train Robbery In Great Britain. A group of 15 men stopped a mail train that also transported money and robbed it from 2.6 … Continue reading

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