2015 Off-Season Training With: Craig Kinsley

Craig Kinsley (born January 19, 1989) is an American track and field athlete and 2012 Olympian who competes in the javelin throw. In 2010, he won the javelin at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and was named as an Academic All-American by the USATFCCCA. He also placed third at the US National Championships that year. In 2012, he placed third at the Olympic Trials and qualified to represent the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

I need to improve my ability to transfer energy from the run into the javelin. I will be working on holding the power position better, while still staying relaxed and whippy up top. I am also focusing on cutting out all "slop" from my throw. Always trying to simplify, simplify, simplify. Simple=consistent.

I live at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista California. My training partner and coach is Sean Furey. He coaches me and I coach him. If I win a meet I'm happy. If he wins, at least I coach the guy who won!

To relax, I usually head outside. I am an avid outdoorsman, backpacker, canyoneer, climber, and Kareoke singer. When I'm not training I am either outside, planning my next trip, or tearing it up on stage to some old blues song nobody knows.

We try to stay in as close to the same shape the whole year. We take only a short (2 week) break following the season. If we are healthy, why take a long break? Also, the shorter the break the easier it is to maintain throw-specific fitness. We see no need for "base" work...We have been training for years, that is our base.

We examine all exercises with a critical mind. We ask, "is this going to make me throw farther, or keep me healthy?" If the exercise does not check one of those boxes, out it goes. We focus on specific strength (throwing, medball, weighted balls, position work) first and general work (olympic lifts, powerlifts, bodybuilding) second.

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