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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...

Agility Is About Sports Performance

Agility is probably one of the most difficult things to coach and it’s one of the things most susceptible to hype and guruisms. This post is going to present some thoughts about agility training and sports. At the end of the day, the most difficult thing about coaching agility is that you have to understand the sport and its movement patterns.   Drills teach us to be better at drills: The idea behind most agility drills is to take a...

Everything You Wanted To Know About Sprinting

There’s a great deal of focus on speed training and sports these days. Obviously it’s an important factor. Many people (and I was one of them) went to the track and field coaches to learn how to run fast and applied that knowledge to sports training. Over the last few years there’s also been an explosion of “experts” and “research” on this topic.   That said, often we’re trying to reinvent the wheel. I was reminded the other day of...

Speed Training For The Non-Elite Athlete: A Rant

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There’s been a lot over the years about speed and agility tools. Along with the internet has been a proliferation of specialized sports training facilities, experts, translated Soviet-era material, and equipment companies. All of this can leave a coach extremely confused about how to approach speed and agility. This post is going to be controversial in that I’m going to make some recommendations of do’s and do not’s for a coach with regards to speed and agility.   First, let...

The Warm-Up: Important For Improved Performance

Warming up is an important aspect of any practice or workout and it’s also one that is frequently misunderstood. This post will give you some thoughts about how to construct an effective warm-up.   The textbooks divide warm-ups into two phases; a general warm-up and a specific warm-up. For me this is a little constraining. I like to think that a good warm-up has three parts; a rhythmic movement, dynamic flexibility exercises, and event-specific movements.   Rhythmic movement A good...