Back at the end of May we were fortunate enough to have Mike Young join us to deliver a two day workshop – An Integrated Approach to Speed & Power Development at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire.
We were joined by coaches from some of the leading sports organisations across the British Isles including Scottish Rugby Union, England Rugby, Wales Rugby Union, Liverpool FC, Manchester City FC, Exeter Chiefs and the English Cricket Board.
Across the two days Mike shared an incredible amount of information and provided real insight into how he develops speed and power with his athletes both in team sports and for his track athletes.
This included five different lectures and a series of field based sessions on the Saturday looking more specifically at Speed & Agility development followed by the Sunday where the focus shifted to Building A Bigger Engine for Speed & Power in the weight room.
There were lots of take home messages but here are three of my favourite points I took away:
1) Do the basics really well
What came across really clearly from Mike was that great coaches go about doing the basics extremely well, consistently over a long period of time. They also understanding what it takes to make athletes faster, and then specifically what the athletes’ need at a given point in time to help them get there.
When your athletes stop making progress from the basics, that is the time to ‘fire the gun’ and break out the more advanced training stimuli to get the extra speed and power your athletes require.
2) The Importance of Eccentric Strength & Power
Certainly one of the major eye opening areas for me was the importance of eccentric strength and power to creating super fast & agile athletes. I spent a lot of time chatting to Mike about this area over the four days he was with us and he had lots of creative methods of enhancing eccentric strength & power such as stiffness landings & jumps, release RDLs and rhythm squats. But he also introduced us to the Exxentric kBox3 which has made creating an eccentric overload a whole lot simpler and safer than traditional eccentric training methods using a barbell. Along with the kMeter to measure eccentric and concentric peak power, this bit of kit has added a completely new dimension to our training system from both a training and monitoring perspective. A big thanks to Mike for hauling it over from the states and introducing us to it!
3) Change of Direction in 4 Dimensions
When training to improve change of direction and agility for team sports, such as Rugby, Football and Basketball, as well as considering the usual forward, backward and lateral movement requirements we need to think about movement combinations that incorporate jumps.
For example, a defender in football jumps to head the ball away and then lands and has to close down a space/player or a basketball player jumps, blocks a shot, lands and then needs to accelerate to collect the ball down the court.
It seemed so obvious when Mike said it first, but it was an element that was missing from my sessions!
Check out the video for some more great info from Mike, we are working on the full video series being released soon!
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