Training Young Athletes Speed – The Success Keys

Training Young Athletes Speed Is not all about making them sweat.


It’s about making them better.


It’s not about making young athletes tired.


It’s about teaching them so they become more effective.


A lot of my training system isn’t ‘sexy’.


It’s not the ‘cool, new, funky’ stuff that looks impressive.


But it works.


And it builds rock solid athletes every time.


Here’s that training young athletes speed video clip:





7 Responses

  1. Donovan Owens says:

    Good video, Brian. I appreciate you holding true to the fact that, with speed training, you don’t need to try to wear you athlete down. In fact, you do quite the opposite by making sure that their is quality with every movement. I’m coaching and inspiring a 14 year old football player using this very technique and it works outstanding. We focus on knee drive, foot to ground power and arm movement as well as body posture. One of my key phrases is “Speed is no good without control” so we break down each major movement as a skill set and then begin to integrate those skill sets into fluid movements that eventually become second nature. Keep it comin’ Brian!

  2. Mike says:

    Is that the plyo step?

  3. Brian Grasso says:

    Great comments Andy and Donovan! Yes Mike… That is a ‘plyo-step’. You may be able to hear me telling my athletes to ‘let their chests fall and push the ground away’


  4. Kerry Niemann says:

    Thanks for sharing Brian. I always enjoy the instruction your videos provide, but this one is throwing me for a loop. I notice every student in the video stepped back to go forward. Is that intentional, due to the stance they were in? Is that correct? My mind tells me that the first step should be forward, left or right. An explosion of the body leaning forward at the right angle. I’m the student, so if there is a reason for this, please let me know so I can understand. Thanks Brian.

  5. Damian Gallagher says:

    It seems to me that the plyo step is merely a rearrangement of the athlete’s feet under his body i.e. from a lateral stance to create a positive shin angle which puts both feet under and behind the athlete’s hips

  6. BrianGrasso says:

    Great comments Kerry. This is a debate that plagues the industry and I can’t understand why. Many claim that your first step MUST be forward and that any backwards motion is wasted effort. However, if you actually assess the reality of the situation in random/reactive situations, you will see the this ‘back’ step is taken 100% of the time by athletes. It is a natural and normal function, as Damian states, that allows for a positive shin angle creation and a propelling force beyond the impending movement. Coaching young athletes NOT to take this step is counter-intuitive to what the body will naturally do on its own. Thanks for the great question! BG

  7. Awesome job! The plyo-step is one of the four fundamental techniques overlooked by too many “professionals” in the field! Start with the basics, build the foundation, success is near.

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