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.

A bit of coaching philosophy.

I admit, it has been a long time, way too long since I wrote a post. I did not retire or even slow down, rather the opposite I might say. In the last two months, all of sudden, a lot … Continue reading

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Transfer of training – A sneak preview of my next book.

Transfer of training is an extremely important issue in the training of athletes. Let me explain this, because what is training? Training is the planned, goal-oriented process consisting of the repetition of physical exercises with the intention to improve the … Continue reading

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Times of change.

What a month it has been. When one gets older, yes, you will too, life often naturally slows down as a preparation for retirement. Not in my case however, I am busier than I have been in a long time! … Continue reading

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It’s seminar time! The first Helping The Best To Get Better Seminar.

As I announced in an earlier post, I am proud to announce my first seminar since 15 years, taking place November 18, in Hilversum, the Netherlands. For good reasons I decided that attendance will be by invitation only. If you … Continue reading

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What has changed?

An interesting question that came up last week. Well, working in the field of elite sports performance for almost 40 years, one can see changes from then till now. So what are the major differences between working with elite athletes … Continue reading

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Never do an exercise just because you can…..

At any seminar or course where I lecture, I see colleagues coming up with fantastic, complex, cool and challenging exercises. Look around for athletes lifting a kettle bell while standing on a Swiss ball with one foot, the other foot … Continue reading

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Hypergravity and more…..

  I remember our first brainstorms about muscle adaptation to load. Not long before that moment, astronauts had walked on the surface of the moon where gravity is much lower than on Earth, (Earth: 9.81 M.sec2 = 1G; Moon: 1,62 … Continue reading

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The World Championships surprises

While recovering from the accumulated lack of sleep caused by watching the World Championships Athletics the last 10 days I observed a few interesting things. I guess everybody  noticed the many surprises, positive and negative: Mo Farah and Usain Bolt … Continue reading

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Peaking for beginners.

Isn ‘t this what it is all about? You trained hard for that particular competition and now you want to be the best you can be. Or are you just training to train, or training to compete no matter what … Continue reading

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Nature teaches, we learn.

Holiday is always a good time for slowing down a busy brain, reset the mind and let some new ideas come up. Science, mainly biology, physics and chemistry, is always my primary interest, much more than sport to be honest. … Continue reading

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