Behind The Scenes With The Nike Track Team

Behind The Scenes With The Nike Track Team

This week, Eastbay took a trip down to Florida to spend a day with the Nike Track team training at Montverde Academy near Orlando. Now, our idea of fun in the sun may seem a little out there to some people, but we love watching talented athletes in action. And this was no exception.

Led by coach Dennis Mitchell, the athletes of Star Athletics are fast, strong, and hungry for success. In between their busy competition schedules, the team let us drop by for a sneak peek at a typical training day, and to say we were impressed would be putting it mildly.

The team killed it on the track, working to build explosive speed from the gun.

Nike Track Team

They also did some serious damage in the weight room, building the strength they need to maintain form and gain power.

And through it all, they supported each other. There was laughing and joking all day long, because who doesn’t have a great time doing what they love? And during the toughest parts of the workout, there was cheering and shouting for every success.

Nike Track Team

Our favorite part of the day, though, was a quieter moment. While the team was studying video of its running form, a man running through the neighborhood stopped near the fence around the track and called out a friendly “Hi, coach!” To which Coach Mitchell affectionately responded, “My man!”

We were told that this fan stopped by almost every day on his run to send words of encouragement to the team. Today, he told them, “Coach, I just want you to know you have a bunch of superstars here, and you inspire me every day!”
We couldn’t agree more.

That’s why we took time after practice to ask some of these incredible sprinters about what drives them and keeps them focused. Kaylin Whitney, Candyce McGrone, and Isaiah Young had great answers, as well as advice for up and coming athletes, training tips, intel on some of their favorite workouts, and ways to stay motivated.

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Kaylin Whitney’s Must-Have Gear

Kaylin Whitney’s Must-Have Gear

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Turning pro at the age of 17 requires more than just raw talent. It takes sacrifice, dedication, and the right gear. Sprinter Kaylin Whitney knows a thing or two about all of those, and she sat down with us to discuss just what she needs in order to race in the big leagues. We’ve got a breakdown of her must-have shoes and clothing so you can get the best to be your best.

Step 1: Train

“I like my trainers, the Nike Lunar Sculpt, because they’re very supportive, but they’re lightweight. I like having the feel where I can still lift my knees up and run as fast as I need to without having to worry about my shoes.”

The freedom Kaylin craves comes from the Lunar Sculpt’s form-fitting, no-sew upper and siped midsole. The upper creates a second-skin fit that moves with her foot, while the midsole siping evenly absorbs and disperses impact through her toughest workouts.

Kaylin Whitney Training

Step 2: Warm-up

“I always wear full-length tights when I’m warming up for a race, just because it helps my body warm up faster and it keeps my body warm. A lot of people, during the middle of a warm-up, will sit down and drink water, and they’ll rest for five minutes, but they’re cold. Wearing long tights helps keep my muscles warm and helps with muscle stimulation, as well.”

No matter your style preference, we have tights from The Swoosh to fit your needs. From sleek black to bright colors and patterns, we’ve got you — and your muscles — covered.

Kaylin Whitney Training

Step 3: Race

“I use the JA Flys, mostly because they support my feet when I run and they wrap around my feet really nice. It’s a good, tight fit, but it’s not suffocating my foot. It gives me a natural step when I run.”

Flywire cables make another appearance in Kaylin’s track spike of choice — which should tell you something. Combine that custom lockdown with an aggressive eight-spike plate, and you’ve got yourself one high-speed racing machine.