Speed Can Be Taught!
Yes some athletes are naturally faster than others, but regardless of your current level of speed, you can get faster. The key to enhancing speed is the proper combination of 4 factors:
1) Proper Strength Training Techniques. Lifting like a body-builder or power lifter can lead to decreased flexibility and create imbalances in the muscles used to generate speed. These improper training methods generally lead to injury and an inability to run fast. This won’t happen at the Athlete’s Choice! Our goal is not to turn you into a weightlifter, but rather enhance your athletic performance through the use of sport-specific weight training. Everything done in the gym has a specific purpose which will transfer to the field of completion and enable you to compete at a higher level.
2) Teaching Proper Speed Biomechanics. Many athletes have never been taught how to run. Our coaching staff is well versed on the proper speed mechanics which will be taught to everyone who signs up for our speed development program. These biomechanical principles are not based on our opinions…they’re based on the science of running fast!
3) Overloading the Speed Muscles. Our specialized high speed treadmill is designed with the capability to overload the muscles used for speed. The same principle of overloading the muscles to make them stronger will be applied to making them faster. When training the muscles outside their normal capabilities, they respond by moving faster which correlates to increased running speed.
4) Maintaining a Strong Core. As the saying goes, the stronger the core, the stronger the runner. At the Athlete’s Choice we recognize the importance of a strong core in all sporting events. Sport specific core work will be emphasized during every workout.
“I spent the first 16 years of my career coaching at the collegiate level. During that time I sat in on thousands of recruiting meetings. Never once did I hear a coach say we don’t want that kid, he’s just too fast! Don’t let a lack of speed keep you from getting to the next level”.
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach