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Speed Training: How Many Drills Do You Really Need?

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There are an almost unlimited number of drills for speed training. If you think about this, it makes sense. At the highest levels, track and field coaching often has to focus on the minutiae of athlete movements and many of these drills help to perfect an aspect of the skill. In addition, with the proliferation of sports performance facilities there is a need to attract paying clients via marketing and these drills help to sell services.   While there isn’t...

Real World Agility and Basketball

Real-world agility for basketball   As I’ve said in other posts, to me agility is about applying strength and conditioning to the sport. So this is a lot bigger than a handful of movement skills that are lateral or backwards, this is going to incorporate a lot of sport skills. With that in mind, today’s post is going to be about agility training for basketball. In this post I’m going to cover some thoughts on offensive skills. We’ll look at...

Basketball Speed Training Thoughts

We’ve made a perfectly understandable mistake with speed training. That mistake is to attempt to train everyone like track and field athletes. We use the same terms, try the same running mechanics, and take the same programming approaches. Here’s the problem, only in the sport of track and field do we compete like track and field athletes. Every other sport has its own unique needs. In today’s blog we’re going to talk about speed training and basketball.   Let’s start...

Agility Pitfalls

Pitfalls with Agility Training   Unlike when I started in the strength and conditioning profession, even an entry-level high school strength coach has to have a huge tool kit to address all the things we have to do today. Thirty years ago we were concerned with Olympic lifts, squats, deadlifts, bench presses, and some auxiliary exercises. Today, you have to know a little bit about everything.   Agility is important for athletes. As I’ve noted in another post, I see...

Speed Training: You Don’t Need Frills

Speed is critical to sports performance. One of the side effects of the systematic incorporation of strength and conditioning into sports is that athletes are becoming bigger, stronger and they are a lot faster than they used to be. This means that if we have prospective athletes, speed training is something they are going to have to incorporate into their programs. Nowadays, lifting weights and practicing the sport are not enough!   In a previous post ( http://www.cissik.com/blog/2017/10/speed-running-fast-is-a-skill/ ), we...