Archives for sprint training

Cusano Hurdle Push Drill (video)

One idea I’ve been stressing to coaches this year is that workouts don’t teach the skill of acceleration (like this hurdle push drill does!). Or top end speed. Or sprinting in general. Instead, the ‘workouts’ we use in practice are the byproduct of specific skills we are trying to teach to our sprinters. This is…

Jump Runs

It’s time for midterms in the wonderful world of coaching. Each semester, athletes are busy preparing for major exams and their schedules change.  The combination of stress and lack of sleep impel most athletes to request alternative practice times, or the day off, to prepare for these grueling examinations.  I have always preached the importance…

Cold Weather Training Options

I live in New England where it stays cold until the end of the spring season. So I know my sprinters, jumpers and hurdlers will be practicing and competing in the cold, wind and snow. Since using distance runs, long/slow intervals and other methods of high volume, low intensity training do not prepare speed/power athletes…

Testing

Every November for the past 10 years, I have tested my sprinters in order to improve the training for each individual athlete, and to help me become a better coach.  All of the tests that I use are designed around specific track and field events. Testing is beneficial for both the athletes as well as…

Most Important Word in Speed Training

I recently heard Dan Pfaff talk about acceleration being a ‘complicated neuromuscular equation’ in speed training. I recently heard Boo Schexnayder say acceleration is about finding the ‘resonant frequency of oscillary patterns’ in terms of developing and improving the efficiency of locomotive mechanics. I recently heard Gary Winckler say, “90% of speed development is technique.”…

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