GAINcast Episode 115: Train speed in

Much of what is called speed training has the opposite effect of what we want. Rather than training speed in, things like wind sprints simply train speed out. You have to express speed in a climate of fatigue, but you don’t develop it in a climate of fatigue. On this episode of the GAINcast, Vern discusses his approach to training speed for team sports, balancing different types of speed training, and examples of how micro doses of speed work can work wonders.

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Notes and quotes

Having a background in track and field, Vern knows how to coach speed. But he’s also worked on develop speed for the dozens of other sports he’s coached. Throughout the episode he looks at the topic of speed with some examples from his experience.

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Further reading

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:

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  • Vern wrote a blog post about this topic last month. He also discussed his approach to speed on GAINcast 16 and how to teach sprint mechanics on GAINcast 39.
  • The biomechanics of speed has also been discussed on a few episodes: GAINcast 21 with Ken Clark and GAINcast 89 with Peter Weyand.