Train Speed In or Training Speed Out

Speed is the most precious of all the biomotor qualities. It is dependent of fine motor control, coordination and explosiveness. That being said, training speed out of someone is simply emphasizing the type of training that negates those qualities. Speed and Endurance are at opposite end of the spectrum. You can train both, but not to the fullest extent of each at the same time. There must always be a thread of speed development work throughout a program in any sport. If you get too far away from speed then it is hard to get it back because it such a neural quality. The concept of “Training speed through endurance” is contradictory and basically fallacious. I conceptualize speed as an electric shock that excites the nervous system. For the middle distance and distance athlete and any sport that has an endurance component this is a good way to think about it. Use it wisely, do not overdue and remember that speed development must have a foundation of good movement mechanics for optimal development.


At 9/14/07, 11:39 PM, Anonymous chad said...

I'm somewhat confused by some of your last posts. You initially said that to "Beware of training speed into the athlete versus training speed out of the athlete ". This sounds like one should refrain from "training speed into someone" as this would be negative.

However, in today's post it sounds like "training speed out of someone" would be negative as it negates the qualilies of fine motor control, coordination, and explosiveness.

Am I missing the point somewhere?! Thanks.


At 9/15/07, 11:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Ryan asked you to write something for him for free, and then go an sell it for a profit for himself only? Not offering you a cut of the sales? Unbelievable.

On a side note, think about this, your menotrs, you can call up and discuss issues for free, while Ryan is charging $1000/hr to be a "mentor".

At 9/15/07, 11:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, that comment should be in the above blog.


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