#063 - Ryan Banta T&F Coach & Author The Sprinters Compendium


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Ryan Banta is a successful high school coach. His athletes have achieved 120 school records, 5 top-five finishes at the state championships, 6 district championships, 6 district runner-up finishes, 5 conference team titles, 206 state semi-finalist (sectionals), 145 state qualifiers, 2 state records (3200 and 4×800), 17 national ranked events, 74 all-state performances, 10 state champions, 15 runner-up performances, and 2 Gatorade athletes of the year all done in a single gender. Ryan is a USATF level II coach in the sprints, hurdles, relays, and endurance and USTFCCCA technical certification. Selected as an emerging elite coach by USATF in 2012 and presented at Altis in 2018. He is a frequent contributor to speedendurance.com, just-fly-sports.com, and elitetrack.com. Coach Banta is the author of the Sprinter's Compendium (www.sprinterscompendium.com) the most comprehensive book ever written on the topic of speed. He coaches at Parkway Central in Missouri.

Show Notes:

Website: sprinterscompendium.com

Facebook: Ryan BantaTwitter: @SprintersCompenInstagram: ryan.banta

Books Mentioned:

Daniels Running Formula

The Sprinters Compendium Team of Rivals

Ryan’s Book Recommendation(s):

Legacy The Culture Code Peak Performance

Podcast Mentioned:OPEX Podcast: #057 - Adam Feit from Precision Nutrition

ATSW: Episode 183: Ryan Banta - Lessons Learned from Track and Field Legends

Video’s/ Documentaries Mentioned:Ken Burns – The RooseveltsUsain Bolt celebrates Early

People and Resources mentioned:

Kanas City Chiefs

Stan KroenkeLos Angeles RamsSt. Louis Cardinals

Derek Hansen

Khalen Sanders

Christian Okoye (aka – The Nigerian Nightmare)New England PatriotsCarl ValleElite TrackJohn Wooden

Dan PfaffTony HollerGary WincklerBrooks JohnsonTony WellsClyde HartCanadian Athletes Coaching Centre – no longer a websiteIAAF


Stu McMillanVern GambettaThe Wooden ProjectKebba TolbertTony VeneyVince Anderson Maurice Green

John SmithTim FerrissZach Even EshTravis MashChris Korfish

Mike Boyle

Adam Feit

Dr. Anatoliy Bondarchuk

Mike Hurst

Michael JohnsonCharlie Francis

Andreas Behm

University of MissouriDr. Rick McGuireTeddy RooseveltFranklin D. Roosevelt



Abraham LincolnUsain BoltMartin Luther King Jr

Herbert HooverDonald Trump

William McKinley

Ben JohnsonCarl LewisMatthew BolingJohn F. Kennedy Bobby Kennedy Lyndon B. JohnsonRichard NixonJimmy CarterJohn Travolta

Saturday Night Fever

Time-Line:0:00 – 4;12 - Robbie intro’s the show and asks Ryan to introduce himself4:13 – 10:01 - Robbie asks Ryan why he wrote his book The Sprinters Compendium?

10:02 – 14:11 - Robbie asks Ryan about the importance of mentors14:12 – 20:23 - Robbie asks Ryan why most answers begin with “it depends”?

20:24 – 21:43 - Robbie asks Ryan if Gary Winkler is still coaching?21:44 – 36:44 - Robbie asks Ryan about the process of approaching coaches to contribute to his book36:45 – 49:37 - Robbie asks Ryan to outline the 5 training systems he covers in his book – 1) The minimalist approach; 2) the adapt or die approach ; 3) the concurrent approach; 4) the long-short approach; 5) the flow approach

49:38 – 59:22 - Adapt of die approach59:23 – 1:06:50 - Concurrent approach

1:06:51 – 1:12:13 - Long to short approach

1:12:14 – 1:17:56 - The flow approach 1:17:57 – 1:22:11 - Robbie asks Ryan what was the biggest thing he learned from writing his book

1:22:12 – 1:25:39 - Robbie asks Ryan for his top and current book recommendations

1:25:40 – 1:43:52 - Robbie asks Ryan, if he could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why?

1:43:53 – 1:45:16 - Robbie wraps up the show!

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