Speed Training – Why it is Important

Speed Training

Speed Training – Why it is Important

Since so many athletes have signed up for my 4 days of speed training this off-season I have found out why. There isn’t much point of entry into the speed training if you aren’t planning on being this training. If you are going to get into it, you better be sure you are planning to put in your time and prepare to make it work for you or you may find sitting on the sidelines is a lot more fun. A few of the questions I am going to ask you are:

1.) Is my current athlete going to be a slow twitch athlete? If so, I would strongly urge you to work some plyometrics at the beginning of practices. Speed generally happens at the slowest movement level which is why it would be best to start training slow and then gradually build up over time. BUT if your athlete is a fast twitch athlete, you may want to steer clear of any plyometrics plans. Personally I have seen first hand how having really fast twitch athletes can significantly improve a soccer players speed and explosiveness.

2.) What type of athlete are we talking about here? There are all different types of athletes out there. Speed and agility types are different than power endurance type athletes. This is why you will want to prepare for a specific athlete that you think you going to train. For example, if you think you are going to be doing box jumps with explosive power, you might want to prepare for a really fast twitch power athlete so you can do lower reps and more forcefully. Puerto Rican athletes are some of the best box jumpers in the world because their body is designed to explosively move and jump.

3.) Will the athlete be doing squat jumps or box jumps as the run up plays out of the blocks? If your athlete will be doing squat jumps, you will want to do box jumps first. The athlete will be jumping at a 45 degree angle to the ground and will have a small box behind them that will simulate the stepping out of a run play and into the throw phase of the play in the field.

4.) What will my athlete do throughout the phases of the speed training workouts? Each athlete will be doing a different portion of the workouts. You will want to take the time to develop a wave system for the specific athletes so that you can keep everyone moving and progressing to the full speed offerings. As you are getting to know each person you can definitively know which athlete is going to 140 and86 speed and the others will settle into a similar tempo from phase to phase. Please do not get upset if you progress faster than you thought you were capable of during the workouts.

5.) Are there going to be any special exercises included in the speed training work that will increase my athlete’s abilities? Once again with the athlete that is going to be a slow twitch power, there is a lot of natural strength built into this player. You will want to use some compound exercises that will hit both the speed and power rooms. Jumping rope is great for boosting speed and explosiveness and is definitely one of the basic exercises when trying to improve speed in your athletes.

Most of the athletes I know jump Speed Training rope for speed and explosiveness and can feel the difference it makes in their speed when they hit the field.

In conclusion, speed is developed in the lower body through lots of different speed specific movements performed in fast combos, which takes special placement of each event. When I say “special exercises” I am referring to a wide variety of exercises to greatly improve functionality and speed in the four phases of the speed training programs as well as overall functional abilities to make the athlete more unique as an athlete. สล็อตเว็บตรงไม่ผ่านเอเย่นต์