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  • Writer's pictureRon McKeefery

IGCT Episode #184: Henk Kraaijenhof - "Can't Turn A Donkey Into A Race Horse"


Henk Kraaijenhof coaching credentials include Nelli Cooman, Merlene Ottey, Troy Douglas and Tennis star Mary Pierce. His specialties are the physical and mental coaching, in particular stress and stress management and the methodology or training. When you consider both Ottey and Douglas ran world class times in their 40’s, something is working.

Henk Kraaijenhof currently works for Vortx and his blog is

He has published work in performance, training systems and protocols for elite athletes and has also conducted research in the development and application of scientific training systems.  Henk is also involved in scientific research projects in human sports performance in Norway, Estonia, Italy and the Netherlands. He is currently also working as a mentor for the Olympic coaches and Olympic talent coaches in Holland.


In This Episode We Discuss:

  • What experience in his journey impacted him the most, and Why.

  • Biggest mistake he has made and how he learned from it.

  • Can you truly improve speed.

  • How he protects athletes from injury.

  • How he incorporates mental conditioning into his training.

  • Best piece of coaching advice he has ever received.

  • His favorite quote, Book/App/Website recommendation.

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