Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Secrets of Speed Development

I thought I'd post a few pictures from my presentation at
last week's Strength, Conditioning and Rehab Symposium in

My talk got some great feedback and I want to post some
video of the talk, as well as all of my PowerPoint slides
here in the near future.

To make that happen I'll have to negotiate with the
company that recorded the conference so you will have to let
me know if it's something you are interested in seeing.

Check out these pics and scroll down for my Complete
Speed Training Newsletter Experiment:

OK so what's my big idea for this week's Newsletter?

I thought I'd try an audio version instead of a written version.

Now I can cover a heck of a lot more information in the time it
would normally take me to write out an appropriate response.

I've posted the questions that I've answered this time around
to help you get an idea of what I'm talking about.

Again, let me know what you think of this format because if you
don't like it or have no preference, it's actually easier to
just hammer out a response with the keyboard.

All (appropriately worded) feedback is welcome.

Click on the player to hear or download the audio edition of
the Complete Speed Training Newsletter:

MP3 File

1. How do you manage to work the aerobic file and strength
knowing that they don't go togheter AND because that's what
has to be worked before the anaerobic files AND the Power.

If you have 12 weeks of preparation, how would you organise
all that? How would your pre season planning look?


2. What are the most important muscles for speed work?


3. Can i know more about dynamic stretching? and how it is
"properly" done

- joseph b

4. Can you explain how the A,B,C skip Mach Drills are performed
and what cues to teach as a coach?

How do you classify if an athlete is showingsigns of CNS

Jimmy L.

5. What are your recommendations for WHEN to incorporate
lower body lifting weights (squats/lunges/deadlifts) in
conjunction with their sprint training workouts?

There is no doubt that weight training and strengthening
your lower body is important - but WHEN is the best time to
devote to training heavy lifting in the weight room?

Should someone lift weights for their lower extremity only
after their sprint work is complete? OR should they strength
train on a seperate day when there is no sprint training?


Let me know what you think!

- Latif

P.S. The best way to build a strong program is by using a
proven system as the foundation of your training. Complete
Speed Training gives you all the tools to build that program.

Complete Speed Training


At 5:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this format was great, do more.

At 6:37 PM, Blogger gv said...


I enjoyed hearing your voice as your responded to questions, it lasted a little over 37 minutes. This time might be long for those who would just peruse the newsletter.

The only thing I notice is that there should be a way of queing to the specific questions to hear the answer without having to go through all. Maybe you could say the answer to #3 begins at minute 25 for instance.

HS kids are being given instruction at school by coaches who ARE NOT necessarily focused on building a better athlete as much as putting on weight for their football kids. The authority says they must do these particular things, when the knowledgeable kid recognizes that he shouldn't be doing a particular stretch, or exercise. They are not going to speak out with their opinion when it might have repercussions. What to do?

At 9:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was a lot of information! Many times when I go through the newsletter I target items that have particular relevance to me. I would like a way to go directly to items that I'm most interested in and a way to pause and replay parts as well. Its a great start to an interesting new format.

At 9:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I also enjoyed the new format and the quality of information you presented.
Audio time references corresponding to the numbered question would be useful. Thank you very much.

At 3:30 AM, Blogger Michael said...

Hi Latif,

loved the format. I thought it brought across your enthusiasm to teach the right things brilliantly and its very easy to hear your experience throughout. These positive aspects of your newsletters come across so much stronger through this format.

The actual post was very informative, as usual! My favourite bit was about the 12 week pre season training. Me personaly I wish sometimes I was involved in a different sport. I play soccer and GAA and it is just so frustrating doing such pointless drills. They always include; static stretching, sprinting without appropiate warm up, high fatiguing exercises every session, hardly any core work, even not allowed water during most sessions!! You know yourself, you have to go training to get on the team though so not much I can do. I try to do complete speed training 3 mornings a week and a weights programme 3 other mornings. In the evenings I go to soccer or gaa training, usually 3-4 nights per week and a match or 2 at the weekend.

Your newsletters keep me going so thanks a million, Michael.

At 5:00 AM, Anonymous Calvin T said...


I truly enjoyed this format. I moved the bar forward and backwards to listen to your comments. I hope that you continue this format.


At 5:11 AM, Anonymous Rob. Australia said...

The audio allowed me to better tune into the emphasis placed on certain aspects....this doesn't come across in the written form as well. I agree that some cueing system that allows the listener to locate a certain response would be nice. I certainly didn't listen to it all in one sitting...The level, content & technical speak is respectful to both the prof. coach & novice. Thanks Latif. I enjoyed the opportunity to hear you deliver the message in person.

At 5:46 AM, Anonymous Sebastiaan said...

I enjoyed your new newsletter and I found it very useful. Unfortunately in this way you cannot skip to the question that is most relevant for me. And reading is a bit faster, but listening had a bigger impact and I think I will remember more of it by listening to your voice then by reading. But dividing the newsletter for every question would be an improvement.
Keep up the good work.

At 5:52 AM, Anonymous John Sadowski said...

I liked the audio format but would like a transcript as well. Being able to print out the newletter lets me review concepts when and where (i.e. commuting by train) I want.


At 6:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked the format generally. It might be good to do an outline of your response to be sure that there is a progression of information; just like warming up.

Here's a question I hope you will address. My sons play multiple sports with overalpping seasons (football, basketball, baseball). They still want to train to get faster. What are some good tips for organizing generalized training to help with overall athletic speed and agility while not interfering with the practices in other sports?

At 12:34 PM, Anonymous Tj said...

I liked the audio format. It provided you much more freedom to elaborate more on your answers and information. Great job, I love all of the information you share!

At 12:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this format. I would prefer to be able to listen and do some other things during that time. I have learned so much from your program and from these question/answer newsletters. As always, looking forward to learning more.....

At 8:39 PM, Blogger Rob Allen said...

i luv the way you broke down everything...im in my last year of high school and i have to let my track caoch here this...thanks a lot..God bless

At 12:07 PM, Anonymous Dan said...

I definately prefer the audio formant compared to the written letters. Like the others who've left comments I would like the recording to be separated by question so we can listen to ones we want to know, or choose to skip certain other questions we don't want to here then. Also I think the ability to download the recording on mp3 is ingenius. Thanks for your help.

At 10:43 PM, Blogger coach Falcon said...

great job this format works for me.
reading sometimes puts me to sleep.
so I need to hear what's going on.

At 4:19 AM, Anonymous Dirk said...

Hi Latif,
Yes it is a nice format, maybe it should be available at a latter stage in book format? Questions posted from around the globe with relevant answers.

At 5:44 PM, Blogger Bullhusky said...


The format works well.The verbal answers mesh well with The Complete Speed Training Program.

This session actually clarified a few mattters regarding the general setup of training programs.

Perhaps at the beginning of the newsletter you could identify at what point the listener will find the answer to a specific question. This helps take the listener to an area of concern-saves time if listening during lunch while at work- and further helps with future reference. Other than that, this format works well.

At 1:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked the format. I do feel that it would be beneficial to have a transcribed version of your verbal response, or at least a synopsis of key points. There was a lot of good information, and it can take some time to digest, I think the written key points would help.
Thank you,


At 6:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom said

great info on your audio,but can
you mabey do one on training for boxing and how you would use it for amature,which is 2min, rounds
and pro,which is 3min, rounds and how you would keep them, meaning the boxers on a level year round for bouts which may be on 2or3 day's notice and then you have provicials in the fall and then nationals which are anywhere from jan,to may along with world's so as you see it's not seasonal,

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