Recommended Reading: The Speed Encyclopedia

Posted by Latif Thomas

A while back I was contacted by this guy, Travis Hansen, asking me to promote his program. I get this a lot and 99% of the time I’m all set. I rarely promote third party programs.

But, I told him to send me his stuff and I’d take a look at it.

I’m an information junkie so I figured, at worst, I’d waste 10 minutes of my life and then it could just sit in my Dropbox in a virtual junk pile.

Well, long story short, I was pleasantly surprised.

I probably never would have purchased it without having it sent to me first or without a recommendation from someone I trust just because the sales copy was a little rough and it’s marketed as a ‘team sport athlete’s guide’.

But, I really liked it. And reference it all the time.

In fact...

I liked it so much I absorbed it into the Complete Track and Field library of resources, meaning I sell it directly on my site now.

That's one of many reasons I’m recommending it to you today.

At the regular price of $47.00 it’s an excellent value. Plus it’s digital so you’ll get all the files immediately.

But, since I just finished adding all the pages and files to CTF, you can get the entire package for only $29. (When you order before Friday.)

Order it here: The Speed Encyclopedia

Here are 3 reasons I like this resource:

1. ‘Encyclopedia’ is an accurate name.

It takes all the different elements of speed, strength, and power development and condenses them into manageable chunks of content. Sometimes I nerd out and will read a 300 page book just on special strength training.

Sometimes that’s just too much, man.

But, if you’re having a thought, working through an idea, or looking to add a new layer of specificity to your program it’s probably covered here and it’ll give you some insight to either answer your question or send you to a more detailed resource.

2. It doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel.

I really like that Travis isn’t trying to push some already established format of training on you and then call it a cute name... and then say he invented it.

Some of the concepts you may know really well. Others you’re probably aware of, but have only a passing knowledge of.

It’s not that anything in the book is new, per se, it’s just all in there. It’s like a central hub for speed related training topics.

“Oh man, how does Post Activation Potentiation work again?”

Just go to the book and get a Cliff’s Notes sized version. Maybe it scratches your itch, maybe it sends you off somewhere else for a deeper look.

With so much training info in my library, sometimes I’m just looking for confirmation, not a research project.

3. It gives credit where credit is due.

If the book talks about a topic, Travis cites the original author/creator.

He’s not saying this is all coming from his brain, but he’s just done a lot of research and clearly cites whose idea it was originally.

Many of us who put out information have been bashed by the Boyles and Gambettas of the world for supposedly taking credit for and selling other peoples’ information or ideas.

Whether or not you believe anyone who sells any information can actually take credit for inventing it (since everyone’s coaching philosophy is just a personalized mash up of other peoples’ information) this book won’t offend if you like to throw shade.

And since it cites all its material, you can be confident it wasn’t pulled out of the ethers.

So, it’s good. You can get immediate access while also saving $18.00.

And considering I rarely promote other peoples’ stuff, let alone work to get it on CTF, it is 29 bucks well spent. I've never heard anyone give it a bad review. But, as always, if you don't like it, I'm happy to give you a full refund.

Don't miss the opportunity to add a solid speed, strength, and power development resource to your library.

Order now: The Speed Encyclopedia


Latif Thomas - Latif Thomas owns and operates Complete Track and Field and serves as the Co-Director of the Complete Track and Field Clinic at Harvard University, the largest track and field clinic in the United States. A popular speaker and presenter at some of the largest coaching clinics across the country, Latif has true passion for the sport and it definitely shows. Over the past 19 years, he has coached more combined League, Division, All-State, and New England Champions in sprints, hurdles, and jumps than he can count. Follow @latif_thomas on Twitter.

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