David O’Meara inspires athletes of all ages to learn how to maximize their speed, explosion, strength, endurance, and flexibility, while also preventing injury. These attributes are essential to achieving peak performance in any competitive sport.
David uses his personal experience as a coach, personal trainer and competitive runner to evaluate exercises, techniques and products to help high-performance athletes exceed their performance goals. David’s own aspirations drive him to continually refine his training processes and push his own body to new levels of performance. Essentially, he has created a personal “laboratory” to discover new training methods and prove his theories.
After years of experimentation, David is ready to share his training methods with other competitive athletes. His new 2-disc training DVD, Body Protection, is packed with 90 minutes of instruction and 60 minutes of example exercises. These exercises are the basis of the program David teaches his high-performance clients during their in-person training sessions.
Body Protection™ is a movement-based training program designed to prevent injury and optimize athletic performance in any sport at any age. The components of the program provide competitive athletes with strength/endurance, speed/explosion and flexibility, while developing the body’s connective tissue. This multi-muscle, multi-directional, and multi-functional series of exercises also stimulates an athlete’s proprioception which promotes better balance and stabilization.
The program is broken into four stages: Foundational Training, Strength/Endurance Training, Speed/Explosion Training and Flexibility Training. Filmed at the Movenpick Resort and Spa at the Dead Sea in Jordan the DVD teaches a sport-specific three-dimensional warm-up, a high-performance training program, and a three-dimensional cool-down. Watch this 1-minute DVD video trailer to learn more:
For a limited time, customers purchasing the DVD set will receive a complimentary 20-minute Telephone or Skype Video Consultation with David to customize the training program to your chosen sport. This offer (a $40 value) is available to customers purchasing one of the first 1,000 DVDs. Visit www.BodyProtection.com for more information on the training program, testimonials and training services.
At 50 years old, David has proven that he can consistently run a sub-5 minute mile. But running 12 mph is not something you just wake up and accomplish without a lot of help. It takes special equipment, proper nutrition, and an understanding of how your body changes. David relies on a team of seven consultants to help him research, understand, and address the changing demands of his body. He has invited his personal consultants to share some of their unique health & fitness ideas via his blog. And to help you achieve your goals, these consultants are available to answer your questions.
David is a coach, author, speaker, and athlete. When he turned 45 in 2008, he celebrated with an event. It was personal challenge; a feat of speed. He was going to run 20 one-mile road races, in 20 weeks, in 20 different cities throughout the United States and Canada... each under 5 minutes. It was an experience of a lifetime. Every year since, David has developed and accomplished new personal, professional, and athletic challenges. The knowledge and experiences from these events is integrated into his coaching, training, writing, and speaking.
David's latest book, Creating Amazement, is available from Amazon.com [view excerpt]. The book shares 20 attributes that he learned during his 2008 event, and puts into perspective what it takes to achieve truly amazing results in your own business and personal lives. His other books Play Better. Live Better. and Tennis Unlimited are also available on Amazon.com.
David's life is dedicated to helping athletes of all ages maximize their athletic performance and achieve their personal goals. We hope that you find his efforts inspirational.
2012 Isles Mile Challenge - Article as Published in Bermuda Now Magazine
Diane Alter followed David during the 7 weeks of the 2012 Isles Mile Challenge, receiving updates on his progress every step of the way. The article that Diane wrote following the completion of the event was published in November's Bermuda Now Magazine. View Magazine Website. View Article PDF.
One Mile Runner in Running Free Magazine - Images of Inspiration
A new study published in The Journal of Human Kinetics claims that a cool down does not relieve the pain from workouts. The test compared individuals after exercise. I have gone into great detail about my extensive warm up, mobility program and the difference it makes for me to avoid injury. In addition, even if a cool down does not assist in post exercise muscle pain, it is an ideal time to increase your flexibility as your muscles are filled with blood. <more>
Congress Avenue Mile Cancelled
On my 50th birthday, we found out that the Congress Avenue Mile was cancelled due to Run Tex, the company that puts on the race, closing their doors and going out of business after 25 years. This was a shocker as Run Tex has been in business a long time and was a big part of the athletic community in Austin, TX. They put on races, put out water for locals running on Saturday, and even had a foundation to help the area. <more>
I am turning the BIG 50 on Wednesday. I received my first AARP card in the mail this past weekend - so it is now official. I remember when I was a kid and I asked how old some of my parents' friends were and they told me "50." I thought, Gosh that is old! However, now that I am on the doorstep of 50, my perspective has changed and it does not feel that "old" after all. <more>
Congress Avenue Mile
As I turn 50 years old in less than one month on April 10th, it is time to announce my first race for 2013 - The Congress Avenue Mile in Austin, Texas on May 18th: www.congressavenuemile.com. It was the second race in my 20/20/20<5@45 event back in 2008. I won the Masters Heat (over 40) in 4:50 at 45 years old. I have begun training now to try to beat my time of five years ago. <more>
3 Ways To Be Explosive and Powerful In my last blog post, I spoke about the importance of landing stiffly on your foot pad when sprinting to decrease your time on the ground and thus becoming faster. Many runners have a difficult time with this stiff landing and the explosive push off because they do not yet have the strength in their lower extremities to run like this for very long. Here are 3 ways to properly develop the muscle structure in your legs to become explosive... <more>
The Secret To Running Faster
Most people discuss the two most common ways to run faster by increasing stride frequency or increasing stride length. However, I feel the key to running faster is landing stiffly on the pad of your foot. The more time that you spend on the ground, the slower you will go. It is simple - fast running is not done on the ground but in the air. If you have not worked your entire body to incorporate speed and explosion, you will not perform very well or you will get injured. <more>
A Simple Way To Run Faster
So many runners just go out and jog through their distance training for the week. They like the camaraderie of their fellow runners as they speak about their lives, races, and nagging injuries. They jog long and slow many times during the week and when they have more time on the weekend, they go a little longer. Then after so many miles of running, they wonder why they are not getting any faster in their races. <more>
Competition - Nothing Like It
I attended our high school regional cross country championships and a pro tennis tournament yesterday. I wanted to observe two of my athletes compete. One at the cross country meet before I begin his speed preparations for track season and a tennis player before I prepare his 2013 schedule. I learned a great deal by seeing the race and the match in person. With all the statistics and other various numbers that computer programs spit out, for me there is no comparison to actually being at the event. <more>
The Mind of an Athlete (Part 2)
The best athletes have inner confidence and the ability to see situations in a way that help them reach their highest level of performances. Confidence is not a fragile state that can be lost at any given moment, even though many people use the phrase, "I just lost my confidence." People might lose their focus, temporarily feel poorly, or feel nervous, but confidence is built on a series of past experiences and takes time to develop and time to lose. <more>
The Mind of an Athlete (Part 1)
If you can do the physical, the most difficult part of the game to master is the mental. This is what many athletes miss in their preparation for competitions. I was asked by a reporter the other day about the greatest challenge on The 2012 Isles Mile Challenge and I said "constantly taming my mind on tour." I feel our minds love to jump around hurting our concentration and focus. Being present focused seems so simple, but yet is so elusive. Our minds jump from the past to the future keeping us mentally weak and hurting our athletic performances. <more>
Since my return to Florida, I am trying to listen to my wife and rest a bit more. I have to admit that I have had difficulty "decompressing" after every one of my tours and this year is no different. A little down time, an occasional nap, and a swim in the salt water are very much in order for September. Also on my return, I try to help out a few of my running buddies in their workouts. <more>
How To Achieve Peak Performance
We wanted to share what we learned in this 2012 Isles Mile Challenge experiment that could help you perform at your peak. Remember this is a "buffet" of ideas, please pick or choose what you want that could help you reach your highest level of performance.Training... Recovery... Racing... <more>
www.BodyProtection.com is now LIVE!
It has been a whirlwind of travel since my last race on the Big Island of Hawaii. We flew to Phoenix to view the final cut of our new Body Protection DVD, traveled to Atlanta for an interview, then to Sarasota to see a couple of clients. After traveling about 30,000 miles on The Isles Mile Challenge, I am writing you now from Istanbul, Turkey as we came here for a celebratory trip and to see a city that we have not visited yet. Last Friday, www.bodyprotection.com went LIVE and you now have the opportunity to pre-order the DVD and not pay any shipping/handling costs (if you purchase the DVD before September 15th). <more>