Speed is so complex.
Even just watching it! I remember when I used to see kids moving fast and think, “Man, I have no idea what I’m looking at here.”
But as you grow, things slow down. First you start to see more clearly. Then you start to guess. Then you start guessing correctly. After a lot of hard work, things really start to make sense.
Lance and I just gave a lecture in Long Island a few weeks ago at Superior Performance. Our goal was to illustrate–as clearly as possible–what goes on in some of common speed faults. We tag teamed
- three major faults that we see in speed,
- showed a bunch of pictures and videos,
- talked about what we saw in those athletes, and
- outlined three progressive fixes for each speed fault.
Speed is complex, yes, but most of that is just a fact of life. Coaching speed isn’t always that difficult… if you know what you’re looking for.
I’ve been wanting to lay out a speed “system” to get more of my thoughts on paper. This is one of the first iterations of that I’m sharing publicly. We’ll discuss the complexity of athletics, common faults, and some fixes that Lance and I recommend.
To make things easier, we had participation from our current intern Cameron Englehardt. Cameron is a 400m hurdler at a college here in town. How well do you think he gets into and out of a cut?
Watch the video for the answer.