Smitty does a great job talking about speed for sport. If you are a Hockey Player you can get faster on the ice by working on your sprinting speed, Charlie Francis does it on a regular basis. Think about it. If you could run faster then you would be able to train more intensely. Better training means better conditioning for the season. ALL of my hockey players in Pittsburgh are amazed at how much stronger their wrist shots are after simply getting stronger. This refers to their squats (all variations), dead lifts, pull/chin ups, pressing, lunges, and steps ups. The body works together. For example, a weak “core” won’t allow you to lift heavy weight.
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Here’s a great post on speed training from the guys as Diesel Crew.com
Speed Training for Athletes
Speed Training for Athletes – Two Factor Strength Training
When discussing speed training applications for athletes, there are numerous factors to consider.
Some of which include:
- improving stride length
- improving stride frequency
- improving leg drive
- improving transverse hip to shoulder action, ie. rigidity (resistance to movement), mobility for the sporting action (remember, mobility is specific to the action), removal of soft-tissue abnormalites
- improving the strength of arm action; drive speed and turnover
- increasing sporting age, ie. speeding time developing technique over a long period
- improving maximal upper, lower and full body strength levels through the incorporation of various CKCE’s – closed kinetic chain exercises.
For the purpose of this article, we will focus on developing the strength of the posterior chain which falls under 1, 2, 3 and 7 above.