Athletes Exclusive

Athletics Exclusive with Ashleigh Whittaker

Ashleigh Whittaker is an up and coming Australian sprinter who has achieved great success as a junior and is now looking to do the same as a senior athlete. Ashleigh has agreed to answer some questions for us.

Lachlan – How did you get involved in athletics?

Ashleigh – I got involved in athletics when i was 8 years old through house athletics in primary school, I really enjoyed it and joined a little athletics club. When I started making it to the state level in long jump and sprinting I wanted to take it more seriously so I got myself a coach and have been with my coach since.

 

Lachlan – What does a weekly program look like for you?

 

Monday

Pilates
Gym

Tuesday

Endurance / Lactic session
Plyometrics

Wednesday Gym
Thursday

Speed Session

Friday

Rest or Pilates

Saturday Comp or Pilates
Sunday

Ramps or Towing
Block starts
200 session

 

 

Lachlan – What advice would you give to someone who is looking to start to dedicate more time to athletics?

Ashleigh – I think it is really important to be patient and don’t try to increase your training load too much too soon. I think it’s also important to keep a balance in your life whether it be study/work/social life.

 

Lachlan – You broke the 100m record at the 2008 Pacific School Games with a time of 11:83. Looking back, did this achievement change your outlook on athletics?

Ashleigh – This achievement definitely changed my outlook on athletics. It was my first national medal and being a world youth qualifier i realized I had the potential to make it onto an Australian youth/junior team and i began to dedicate more time to athletics.

 

Lachlan – As you have gotten older, have you had to change how you go about training? For example, have you found that you’re needing to focus a larger amount of time on recovery?

Ashleigh – As I’ve increased my training load/hours I’ve also had to dedicate more time to recovery, i also get physio/massage at least once a week to keep on top of things.

 

Lachlan – What goals do you have for the coming Track and Field season?

Ashleigh – My goal is to run a personal best this season and make the commonwealth games team

Marshalling Logo for Achilles Tendinopathy Ashleigh Whittaker Athletics Exclusive with Ashleigh Whittaker marshalling room

About the author

Lachlan Rayner

Lachlan is the Founder of Athletics Exclusive. His athletic background is basically made up of distance running, who competes in a range of events, varying from the 400m up to 3000m.

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