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History 102- From the 1950's to the 1990's

This Course is part of The Scholar Program. You are welcome to purchase this course individually, but if you purchase The Scholar Program membership for $29/month you will gain access to every program in the HPW Academy of Scholarship. You can find more details on The Scholar Program here.

What can you expect from History 102?

At the beginning of the 1950's we still hadn't reached modern training. Stampfl, Zatopek, Bannister, and others were experimenting with intervals, volumes, distances, and so forth. It wasn't until the 1960's when Lydiard, Cerutty, Igloi, Bowerman, and others continued the experimentation did we reach what most of us would call modern training. In this history course, we take you down a path of the modernatization of training. We'll go deep on original Lydiard and how he adapted his training over time. We'll explore the oft forgotten Igloi style of training before moving towards the modern speed based training programs of Peter Coe and Frank Horwill. In this course, you'll learn about all of the greats in coaching and how they developed their systems, including:

  • The Forgotten System: Igloi
  • Lydiard: How it started and how he evolved
  • How science came into and changed training systems
  • Percy Cerutty: The eccentric philosopher coach
  • Bowerman and the rise of hard/easy training
  • The modernization of Lydiard
  • Peter and Seb Coe and the British speed invasion


Your Instructor


Steve Magness & Jonathan Marcus
Steve Magness & Jonathan Marcus

STEVE MAGNESS is the bestselling author of Peak Performance: Take Advantage of the New Science of Success and The Science of Running. He is a coach to some of the top distance runners in the world, having coached numerous athletes to top 15 at the World Championships and Olympic Games. As well as having coached six Top 10 performances at a major Marathon (Boston, NYC, Chicago). He's coached athletes such as Natosha Rogers, Neely Spence-Gracey, Sara Hall, Mark English, Jackie Areson, Brian Barraza, Sarah Crouch, and many more. He currently coaches at the University of Houston. Known widely for his integration of science and practice, Magness has been on the forefront of innovation in sport. He serves as an adjunct professor of Strength and Conditioning at St. Mary's University.


JONATHAN MARCUS is the director and co-founder of High Performance West. He's developed athletes to national championships, Olympic Trials Qualifying standards, and national records. Some of the athletes he has coached include: Tara Welling, Nicole Blood, Eleanor Fulton, Mckayla Fricker, Daniel Herrera, and more. Previously Jon was the Head Cross Country Coach at Clackamas Community College and an assistant Track & Field/Cross Country Coach at Portland State, University of Portland, and Warner Pacific College. He graduated with a B.A. from Columbia University in the City of New York in 2006.


Course Curriculum



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