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  • Writer's pictureRon McKeefery

IGCT Episode #244: Max Lankheit "Coach The Athlete Not The Program"


Maximilian Lankheit currently works as a strength & conditioning coach for German Bundesliga side 1.FC Nuremberg. With over ten years coaching experience, he has been working with different populations and sports varying from youth athletes, personal training clients up to professional athletes. Together with his business partner he founded Northern Germany’s first athletic performance facility in 2011, which he successfully ran until selling his shares at the end of 2016.

During this time, he also oversaw the academy strength & conditioning program of the Bundesliga club, 1.FC St. Pauli.  During his career he has had the privilege of also working as a performance specialist for EXOS, and continues to work as Michael Boyle’s European Master Trainer for the CFSC – Certification. Additionally, Lankheit is presenting around the world and writing for magazines on the topics of leadership, culture and team dynamics in High Performance Sport as well as on soccer-specific strength & conditioning.


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.

  • Force-Velocity profiling for jumping and sprinting

  • Individualizing team training.

  • Use of perception action coupling in agility training

  • Best piece of coaching advice he has ever received.

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

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