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Think Better Workbook (Paperback)

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This is the official companion workbook to Make the Leap: Think Better, Train Better, Run Faster

For those who’ve read the book, this workbook provides a hands-on tool to help you apply everything we learned. For those who haven’t, no worries! It was made to exist independently. So while it lacks many of the stories, data, diagrams, and detailed explanations you get in the book, it still provides a concise overview of all the key points! 

Make the Leap is centered around one key idea: Think better, train better. What most athletes lack is a mental framework for thinking about their training. Make the Leap provides this framework in the form of 11 Optimal Training Principles and 4 mental model Spotlights. This workbook includes a one-page summary of each chapter and spotlight, with tactical questions to help you turn the concepts into Next Step goals you can build into your training today.

This workbook is ideal for:


Whether or not you ask your athletes to read the book, it’s critical that you talk about these topics. If all of your athletes have this workbook, it will allow you to systematically build these concepts into your program. And if your athletes can’t get the workbook individually, I’ve designed it to be easy to print, one chapter summary at a time! 


You want to get the most out of your training. And I’m sure you gained tons of ideas from the book. But it’s critical that you think about and write down exactly what you plan to do to get better. This workbook will help you engage better, take more responsibility, and make your new Systems, Next Step goals, and Purposeful Practice strategies concrete. 


It’s tough to connect with your kids about what they are going through. It’s critical that you adopt a shared language and framework, or else you’ll simply talk right past each other. Whether you read the book or not, this workbook will ensure you both have enough of an understanding to have productive conversations about each of the key principles. 

Regardless of your experience or role in training, this workbook will give you the tools to think better, train better, and then...Make the Leap!


Coaches, Olympians, and everyday runners agree: Make the Leap will help you think better, train better, and run faster.

Make the Leap will transform how you think about your training, which in turn will transform your entire running experience. If you feel you have untapped potential, read this book.”
- Matt Fitzgerald, Coach, Author of 80/20 Running and Chasing the Dream

"Make the Leap is a pathway book. A mental running clinic in book form, it allows an individualized approach for each person that reads it. It is a book I will read over and over again." 
- Ken Reeves, 2x National Coach of the Year, 11x CA State Cross Country Champion at Nordhoff High

Make the Leap has completely flipped my mindset in every aspect of my training, and I now find myself more engaged and motivated to implement purpose in everything I do within my formal training program as well as my day-to-day life. I truly believe reading this was one of the best things I could do for myself in striving for my athletic potential." 
- Sarah Turner, coach/dietician,

"If Make the Leap had been available I would have strongly encouraged the athletes I've coached over the years to read it at the start of each season." 
- Bob Larsen, Hall of Fame Inductee; US Olympic Distance Coach, 4x NCAA Coach of the Year

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