In this post I provide a list of thoughts that i have about speed training. Most of these thoughts provide context when it comes to the how and why of my training program’s. I guess you could say that when all these thoughts are combined they form my beliefs and philosophy on speed training. These have changed numerous times over the last 9 years of coaching and I am sure that over the next 10, 20 or 30 years I will both add and take away from this list. This list has been put together in no specific order and is not put in order of importance but rather how they came to me at the time.
1. A plan is a plan-it will change so be prepared for it
2. Nothing is set in stone- adapt and move forward
3. The best way to improve sprinting is to SPRINT
4. Intent and Intensity is important – Practice what we want to execute
5. Acceleration and speed should be trained all year round in some shape or form
6. Too much intensity can destroy athletes just as much as too much volume can
7. Both volume and intensity matter
8. Quality of rep matters -Good technical sprinting is required and not optional
9. It is not quality over quantity -it is about when which of each is required
10. Recovery MUST NOT be ignored
11. Weight training in the gym is second to the technical work done on the track
12. Aerobic training does play a role in sprint performance- General fitness quality & recovery
13. Extensive Tempo is the best METHOD of improving aerobic power and anaerobic capacity (Not Only method)
14. Have objective means, to show both yourself and the athlete, how the training process is leading to improvements.
15. Objective measures include tests which provide a clear outcome and message
16. Do everything with a purpose in mind
17. Coach the athlete- know who they are, know what they respond to and never pigeon hole them
18. CARE- Ask how they are AND what they have been up to- athletes are humans not machines
19. You are more than a coach or an athlete- Remember you aren’t JUST a coach
20. Pain means stop-I dont mean stop when it is hard, I mean stop when any muscular pain occurs .
21. IF ill or injured adjust the plan- never just do nothing
22. Injury is not the end- Keep moving forward & improving
23. Strength matters a lot- it’s just not the be all and end all
24. Love and be proud of everything you do
25. HONESTY is what builds trust with athletes
26. TRUST and BELIEVE in the process
I hope this list can help someone out there. Even if it means just coming up with your own thoughts and beliefs. Be who you are, love what you do and never try to be something or someone you are not.