GAINcast Episode 223: Limitations on speed

What is keeping us from going faster? Ironically, a lot of times it is what we are doing rather than what we aren’t doing. What we other think is helping our speed can be counterproductive. On this week’s GAINcast we discuss some concepts that might be limiting your speed training, as well as methods and planning tips for getting faster.

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Notes and quotes

  • 0:00 – Introduction and general thoughts on speed: “A lot of times the thing we are doing to work on speed can be counterproductive to speed.”
  • 4:00 – Training speed in vs. training speed out: “Training speed will be 8-10 seconds at most, with sufficient rest of at least a minute or more.” “Don’t fall into the volume trap: ask how many meters of straight ahead speed are appropriate for that athlete’s level of development, the position they play, and what their objectives are. Usually it is less than you think.”
  • 8:00 – Front side and back side mechanics: “The top sprinters don’t have front side and back side mechanics, they have one long flowing stride putting force into the group. Breaking the stride into two parts can be counterproductive.”
  • 10:45 – Issues with isolating sprint mechanics.
  • 14:20 – Lessons from Bud Winter and using drills: “When it comes to sprint drills, less is more. Look at prescription relative to where the athlete is now.”
  • 18:00 – The role of assisted sprinting.
  • 19:30 – Sand as a training method: “Sprinting in sand will exposure your weaknesses and your limiting factors.”
  • 24:20 – Top end speed.
  • 27:00 – Speed training considerations for field sport athletes.
  • 30:30 – Limiting factors for speed: examples from rugby.
  • 32:00 – Starting positions: “Combine good starting mechanics with anticipation and reaction and your game speed will be faster.”

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Further reading

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