Best Speed Training Practices for Football Players
Best Speed Training Practices for Football Players. Learn Why the LSU Tiger Football Players Play 2 MPH Faster than their Competition.
Goal: When it comes to football training and speed development the Best Players and Coaches are like the Best CEOs and Generals. They concentrate on the few major areas where Outstanding Performance will produce Outstanding Results. They Force themselves to set priorities and stay with their priority decisions. There is no training just to train, practicing just to practice. They aren’t shooters, their special op. snipers. Every second counts, every rep, every bullet. They understand that there is a clear distinction between what it takes to be decent, what it takes to be good, what it takes to be great, what it takes to be among the best, and what it takes to be the very Best.
“They had been having long, slow grueling practices. People were tired and beat up. I couldn’t wait to change all that. The players were excited about it. We already had a great trainer in Jack Marucci and strength coach in Tommy Moffet. They had GPS tracking data to help them monitor what the players put out in practice. Jack would let me know, “Hey they are getting a little tired.” We knew right away that the adjustment was rapid and impactful. If you take an average of your players team speed and if it goes up .4 or .5 MPH in a game, that’s pretty darn good. We went up 2 MPH immediately. Marucci said that the players were even talking to him about it. That they felt so much fresher and faster.” Ed Orgeron
Do you remember the number one reason that he was able to take over at LSU and really earn that job?
Because he won games. He won more games because the LSU players were playing faster and with more energy.
Remember, Coach Orgeron took over for Les Miles halfway through the season.
From Les Miles’ last game to Ed O’s first game, players during SEC Games were moving on average (they tracked this with GPS) 2 miles faster per an hour than they were with Miles.
How did he do this?
By making all practices shorter, faster, and at a higher intensity. Less running just to run. Every Rep. in practice was a FEROCIOUS GAME REP.
2 mph Faster
Think about that for a sec.
Like think 100-meter sprint, you know the difference between first, second, third place. It’s milliseconds difference.
LSU players from Miles to Coach 0? Not milliseconds, not one second, 2 miles faster!
Do you want to Play Faster? Do you want to Develop Explosive Power? Do you want to Sprint Faster? Do you want a Ferocious First Step?
You gotta change the way you Train. The Best Players and Coaches are like the Best CEO’s and General’s. They concentrate on the few major areas where Outstanding Performance will produce Outstanding Results.
Ed O recognized this.
He did the same thing at USC when he replaced Layne Kiffin mid-season.
Lane Kiffin, you know they were really struggling.
Ed O did the same thing, flipped the script. Shortened practices, no more running just to run. Everything was Ferocious Game Reps.
They started winning.
HOW TO DO FOOTBALL TRAINING FOR SPEED
The bottom line is this. Lactic Acid is the Enemy of Speed and Power.
If you really want to Play Football Faster, Sprint Faster, and Develop Explosive Power then you need to train for Speed.
You need to train for Power, Explosiveness, and you need to train that First Step.
No more 110s, no more 300 yard shuttles. Sidenote: What else do 110’s and 300’s do? They shoot cortisol throughout the body, drop testosterone, and cause damage to cells. In the World that we are living in right now do we really need to be shooting extra cortisol into the body?
Don’t think so.
FOOTBALL IS A POWER SPORT
It is no coincidence that football is considered the ultimate Power Sport. The average play is between 4 to 6 seconds. How quickly can you go from point A to point B in 4 to 6 seconds?
When developing power through sprinting the sprint has to be less than 6 seconds. Once the athlete has reached top speed, no matter how fast it is, power leaves the building. Without acceleration – a change in velocity – there is no Force, no Power.
4 to 6 seconds average football play, 4 to 6-second sprint to develop power through sprinting. Coincidence, I don’t think so.
Sprinters typically take about six seconds or 50-60 meters to accelerate to top speed from a static start. Football players 30 to 40 meters. This is why the 40-yard dash is a Power event. 100-meter sprint, not a Power event. 110’ yard run, or 300-yard shuttle, NO WAY.
And even the idea that these training methods build football players conditioning in the fourth quarter is inaccurate because unless there is a physical contact element involved in the conditioning, then you’re creating a different adaptation.
You are not creating 4th Quarter Gladiators, you are creating oversized 800-meter runners.
You are creating middle distance runners rather than explosive ferocious first step football players.
Think about it, 2 miles per hour Faster. Against SEC competition!
Listen to Ed O. Last year, LSU arguably had the greatest college football season of all time. I don’t know how many Top 10 teams they beat, but they beat a lot, and it´s because they’re moving faster; they are moving more explosive.
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Ed Os figured it out and this is an opportunity for you too.
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Guaranteed improvements in your 10, and 40 Time.
Guaranteed improvements in your Broad Jump.
Guaranteed improvements Playing Faster on Game Day.
Additional benefits include an increase in time to exhaustion at a given speed by almost 33%. Peak Power Significantly Improves. 40 yard dash time drops. Testosterone to cortisol ratio increases significantly, while cortisol decreases. Average V02 Max goes up by more than 5%. All of this is not only great for Speed and Power but Long Term Health.
LSU Tigers. 2 miles per hour faster from LSU’s last game with Les Miles to their first game with Ed O.
Conclusion: When it comes to football training and speed development. The Best Players and Coaches are like the Best CEOs and Generals. They concentrate on the few major areas where Outstanding Performance will produce Outstanding Results. They Force themselves to set priorities and stay with their priority decisions. There is no training just to train. They aren’t shooters, their special op. snipers. Every second counts. Every Rep. Every bullet. There is a clear distinction between what it takes to be decent, what it takes to be good, what it takes to be great, what it takes to be among the best, and what it takes to be the very best.
Best Speed Training Practices for Football Players
* Keep Sprints and Movements under 6 Seconds
* Do Between 20 to 25 Movements
* Track and Time Every Rep
Let’s get better today,
Coach Jackson has earned Master’s Degrees in Education (Specializing in Human Potential) and International Leadership and Coaching. He is a N.A.S.E certified Speed and Explosion Specialist and Optimize Coach. He has competed at a high level in Track, Muay Thai, and Basketball. He has also spent the last 13+ years of his life and $250,000 of his own money studying, coaching, and applying the World’s Best Athlete Training Methods.