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Heavy vs Light Weighted Sleds

Scientists can’t seem to agree on exactly why weighted sleds work, but if the goal is to improve acceleration speed, everyone agrees that they WORK.  Scientists have also found that weighted sleds don’t help top end speed.  Instead, they seem to be limited to improving acceleration. That’s actually good news for coaches, however, because we […]

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Jim Kielbaso, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Cliff Avril

Teaching Agility and Footwork

Agility, quickness and athleticism are traits that every athlete, coach and parent wants, but developing those things can be very difficult.  It’s one thing to work on a single movement or skill.  It’s very different, however, to improve overall agility, quickness and athleticism. The key is to teach athletes how to move efficiently and give […]

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Oscar Pistorius

Ankle Strengthening for Speed

An area that most athletes neglect is ankle strengthening. Because such extreme demands are placed on the ankle during speed and agility work, special care should be taken to enhance the function of this area. This does not take a tremendous amount of time, but the effort may help reduce the risk of injury as […]

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How To Run Faster

Athletes and coaches often ask me questions about how to run faster.  Because I’ve written a lot about the subject, I understand why they’re asking, but the answer can get a little complicated.  Some athletes spend years working on speed development, and there are so many factors that it’s difficult to answer the question quickly.  […]

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Weighted Sled

Weighted Sleds for Acceleration Training

There are plenty of toys out there designed for speed development or acceleration training, but one of the most effective and easiest to use is a weighted sled.  The research on resisted sprinting using these sleds is way behind the actual use of the device, but that’s usually how it goes.  More recent information has […]

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Arian Foster cutting

Speed Training Program Tips

Coaches are constantly asking me what can be done to make their in-house speed training program more effective. After talking with hundreds of coaches and looking at what is happening all over the country, I have come up with six keys to increasing the effectiveness of any speed training program. Educate the athletes. If your athletes don’t […]

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