3. Power & Speed 2.0

Books

WHY: Book reviews topics from sprint speed, intensity, tempos, utility of power speed drills, and program examples.

WHY:  Tony Giuliano and Ty Terrell present great information about velocity-based training and creating athlete profiles in order to address limitations and design programs. This resource is a great tool to provide you context for other resources.

WHY: “Speed is king in sports, and The Mechanics of Sprinting and Hurdling is an essential text for any coach who wants to understand and improve the ability of their athlete’s to sprint well.  One of the most detailed and comprehensive looks at the mechanics and physics of elite sprinting there is.  Complete with diagrams, models, and objective data compiled from over 30 years of analyzing the best sprinters in the world, Dr. Mann’s book gave me the foundation that allowed me to develop a technical model and coach linear sprinting effectively with my athletes.”   – Justin Moore

WHY: “Henk Kraaijenhof is one of those people that nearly every coach I respect in our field points to as being an innovator, far ahead of his time, and as having had a huge influence on the current generation of speed and power coaches around the globe.  This book is a simple, easy to read manual detailing every aspect of Henk’s approach to training some of the world’s best sprinters over the last 30+ years. The book covers numerous topics including:

  • 1)     Athlete profiling
  • 2)     The bioenergetics of sprinting
  • 3)     Sprinting technique for acceleration, max velocity, and speed endurance
  • 4)     Methods for improving acceleration, max velocity, and speed endurance
  • 5)     Strength training for speed
  • 6)     Jump profiling
  • 7)     Muscle fiber research on athletes from decades of muscle biopsies
  • 8)     Short and long-term planning and periodization for sprinting

Any coach who wants to learn more about how to develop speed with their athletes can benefit from Henk’s vast experience in the field, and his understanding and appreciation of the complex output that is human sprinting.” – Justin Moore

Articles

Research Articles

  • The Role Of Elastic Energy in Activities with High Force and Power Requirements:  A Brief Review by Jacob M Wilson & Eamonn Flanagan in The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research
  • Faster Top Running Speeds Are Achieved With Greater Ground Forces Not More Rapid Leg Movements by Peter G. Weyland, Deborah B. Sternlight, Matthew J. Bellizzi & Seth Wright In The Journal of Applied Physiology
  • New Insights Into Sprint Biomechanics and Determinants of Elite 100m Performance by Jean Benoit-Morin, Pascal Edouard, and Pierre Samozino

 Products/Seminars:

WHY: “Tony and Ty go through all the myths and misconceptions when training athletes and show you a system that produces results. With years of combined experience, they provide you with a system that will help take your athletes to the next level.” – Lucy Hendricks

WHY: Speed Insiders Academy is a course designed for coaches, graduate assistants, and interns in the fields of exercise science, strength and conditioning, physical therapy, physical education, sport, kinesiology, and personal training. Course objectives include: in-depth knowledge of multi-directional speed training, energy system training for speed, coaching skills and large team management, how to analyze speed, foundational jumping and plyometric training, max velocity sprint training, and programming.

Websites & Social Media Resources/Mentors

WHY: Lee Taft is the go-to expert for speed and movement for other professionals in the S&C and sport fields. He provides free content on his YouTube page, great resources and materials on his website, and continuing education courses for his Speed Insiders Academy.

  •  Hakan Andersson  @sprintcoach

WHY: “A fantastic account to follow if you want to watch a world-class coach with world class athletes train to increase sprint speed.  Drills, strength training, and of course, beautiful examples of acceleration and max velocity sprinting.  If I had advice for young coaches who want to learn about sprinting it would be to watch what the best sprinters do and begin to pick out common technical characteristics demonstrated across the board.  This account will provide you with plenty of material to do just that.” –Justin Moore

  • Altis @altis

WHY: “Altis has established itself as a world-leader in sprint development, working with some of the fastest track and field athletes in the world.  There is a great deal that can be learned by watching the best of the best hone their craft, as sprinting is the one biomotor ability common to all field and court sports, and speed is often most desired trait in athletic performance.  Altis also offers a great deal of online education and content through their social media presence.  Any young coach who wants to understand the mechanics of sprinting, programming for speed, and how to coach sprinting at a high level should be following this account.” – Justin Moore

  • Matt Gifford  @coachgiff 

WHY: “Matt is physical preparation coach from Wisconsin who specializes in speed and power development.  He offers great insights into his technical models for acceleration and max velocity development, his progressions/regressions for linear and multi-direction speed, the way he coaches and cues his athletes to improve mechanical efficiency and force application, as we as countless pictures and videos of he and his athletes sprinting and hitting excellent positions to help coaches better understand the technical model in practice.  Matt is a must-follow for any coach who wants to understand sprinting and how to teach it at an elite level.” – Justin Moore

  • Mike Zweifel  @bbaperformance

WHY: “The man to go to if you’re looking for affordable flywheels or an insanely cheap do it yourself flywheel manual.  Aside from his awesome products, Mike is a fantastic young physical preparation coach that posts extremely creative ideas for reactive, play-like youth training, speed and acceleration development, and reactive, multi-directional speed methods that bring competition and stimulus-response elements to the gym to develop athlete’s that can transfer their speed and agility to the field.” – Justin Moore