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Mr. Nowak,

I am working on my undergraduate and in one of my classes I am designing a periodization training program for the 68 kg bronze medal winner of the London 2012 Summer games. The information I am looking for has to do with the process that this individual must go through to make it onto the 2016 US Olympic Taekwondo team. I have briefly researched through the team website but I have yet to find a definite answer on the 2016 prospective team. I have been training in Taekwondo for several years myself and would like to implement my periodization training guidelines in my own training.

Any help that you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

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Hi Jonathan!

Thanks for the email and sorry for the delay in response.

I need a little more information about exactly what you're asking. Are you asking for a training program for an Olympic athlete or for yourself?

For the Olympian, I need to know what they are currently do for training and what they used as a training program leading up to the games.

If the question is for you, the same applies. I need as much detail as possible to give you an idea of how I would put the program together.

I'm assuming the TKD part is taken care of and you're looking for strength and explosive training.

Send me over the details and we can get started for you.

Thanks and again I apologize for the delay. We're slammed over here with our training programs. :)

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Nathan

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We can answer any questions pertaining to Olympic Tae Kwon Do sparring. Questions about fitness and nutrition as relating to TKD training and preparation for tournaments and competition. Specific techniques and tactics while training, weight training and agility, mental toughness and visualization exercises and "day of" preparation.

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I have been in martial arts for over 26 years. I'm a master instructor (4th Dan) in TKD. I also have a black belt in karate. I've competed in Olympic TKD since '91. As and athlete:(highlights) Winning a silver medal at Jr. Olympic nationals ('92), AATU National champion ('94), over 10 GA State Championship and GA Games medals. Won a bronze medal at the U.S. Open (2000). With drew from the Olympic Qualifier in 2004 from a torn ACL. As a coach: (highlights) I've coached a women's TKD team since '99. With over 30 members spanning the eight year history of the team, we have 7 National Championship Gold medals, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze. The team medals at every state and regional tournament they attend. Several members have been undefeated for several years. Our training covers strength and endurance workouts, tactics and strategy, nutrition and supplementation, mental toughness and visualization, and maintaining weight while leading up to competition. I've been a certified personal trainer since "98 and have worked in the fitness and nutrition arena since '94. The team has their own training center that they share with the gym that I own. Trinity Fitness in Atlanta, GA

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USAT AAU USSSA NSCA

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Atlanta Sports and Fitness Magazine, CBS46 News Atlanta, FOX's Good Day Atlanta, Atlanta Journal and Constitution and in newspapers across the United States, selfgrowth.com, helium.com, trinitybody.com.

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Personal Training Certificate (School of Fitness and Nutrition) 4th Dan Black Belt (Kukkiwon) USAT Certified Level 2 Coach AAU Certified Coach Former USSSA Certified Coach Member of NSCA

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Coach of 2001 AS&FM Athlete's of the Year "P.T.S. TKD Team" First runner up 2001 AS&FM Fittest Male of the Year

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