Archive for “Speed Work” Tag

Is Your Training Program Complete?

 

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by Wil Fleming

 

The other day a track coach that I really respect called me to discuss an athlete that we both work with and right away I knew he was excited. I could hear in his voice that he was just fired up. I asked him what was going on and he responded,
"Coach Flem I have to tell you the coolest thing, Anthony has gotten 3 feet faster just training with you this summer and fall. (meaning his long jump approach had to be moved back 3 feet on the same number of approach steps) What kind of speed work have you been doing?"

 

 

Honestly, the answer was very little, outside of some very short acceleration work, this athlete’s focus had been on improving his explosive strength recently.

 

So what’s the point of this story?

 

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Youth Speed Training Myths

 

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Youth Speed Training success

Training young athletes for speed is a topic that I love to chat about.

 

Mostly, because I learn from a variety of sources.

 

What’s your philosophy on speed training?

 

Deceleration first?

 

Systemic strength as a base?

 

Multiple parts of different kinds of stimulus?

 

I love to learn from IYCA Members worldwide and would be honored if
you would click on the link below and share with me your thoughts
on Youth Speed Training

 

So, what say you about speed training, my friend?

 

Please…. Leave your thoughts and comments below –

 

Youth Speed Training Exposed

 

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Youth Speed Training Mistakes

Everyone claims to be an ‘expert’ don’t they?

 

It’s the one title that I truly can’t stand.

 

And I say that because there are very few real experts in the industry of
fitness and sports training.

 

Gray Cook comes to mind as one of them.

 

So to does Alwyn Cosgrove, Al Vermeil and Carlo Alvarez.

 

Experts all.

 

Easy to spot on expert, too. They’re the ones who have a major track record
of success when it comes to training athletes, but are also ALWAYS on the
lookout for stuff they don’t know.

 

Lifelong learners.

 

That to me is what defines an ‘expert’.

 

The greatest expert I know in terms of youth speed training and agility training is a man that
I am 100% sure you know.

 

Lee Taft.

 

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Youth Speed Training in New Jersey

 

 

Youth Speed Training and Business

 

So I’m just back from a wonderful weekend in New Jersey at the Fast Track
to Fitness Millions conference.

 

The conference was hosted by my two favorite guys – Pat Rigsby and Nick
Berry.

 

The speaking line-up was an unbelievable ‘whose who’ of fitness industry
Coaches and Business Leaders –

 

BJ Gaddour
Zach Even Esh
Mike Boyle
Chris McCombs
Jim Labadie
Jason C Brown
Pamela Macelree

 

But in my opinion, the show was stolen by a man who has absolutely changed
everything about the way speed and agility is taught and trained.

 

My very good friend, Lee Taft.

 

As usual, Lee lit up the crowd with his no-nonsense, easy-to-understand and
cutting edge youth speed training system.

 

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Exercise Programs For Kids and The Art Of Teaching Speed

Exercise Programs For Kids Speed Training

One of my favorite things to teach, both to young athletes as well as
Coaches, is the mechanics of speed.

 

Deceleration techniques specifically.

 

And that’s because speed is seldom taught as a skill at all.

 

Usually, the ‘speed work’ of a training session consists of some hurdles,
cones, sprinting and ‘plyo’ exercises with little attention being paid to
form or function.

 

Simply put, we don’t often TEACH speed and respect it in the way we
should.

 

Young athletes can (and should) be taught how to become faster and
more efficient from a movement perspective.

 

And in order to do that correctly, you must have a progressive system
in place that allows them to learn.

 

I always teach speed by instructing on the skill of deceleration first –
and I teach that from both a lateral and linear perspective.

 

Here’s my overview for teaching the skill of lateral deceleration for Exercise Programs For Kids:

 

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Youth Speed & Strength Training

 

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Here’s a look at some of the speed work from this mornings youth speed training session

 

 


 

 

Basic yes, but exactly what my football players need to increase youth speed. Check out some of the strength work –