Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Best 40 Yard Dash Shoe

As a football combine training specialist, I place alot of emphasis on the 40 yard dash. How the athletes runs the 40 yard dash can have a huge factor on his football future. With so much at stake the little details make a huge difference. For example, what footwear you select to run the 40 yard dash in...

Two years ago Under Armour came out with a combine testing shoe. I could not wait to get my hands on it as it seemed to be the answer to finding a 40 yard dash shoe that was light as a feather, could grip into the turf, and had the engineering of a track shoe.

This year I trained Trindon Holliday from LSU who clocked a 4.21 hand held thime at the NFL Combine. Trindon is a track specialist and former NCAA 100m champion. His first question to me was what shoes was he going to wear at the NFL Combine. I pulled out a pair of the Under Armour Combine shoes and his face lit up. He knew he was going to run fast in those shoes.

These Under Armour shoes have what they call a negative heel, forcing you to get up on your toes when you run, which makes you run faster. At 8.8 ounces it is hard to find a lighter shoe. Not to mention they are a great shoe to wear for the vertical jump as well.

So check these shoes out as they are now available to purchase to the public. Get them here!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Check Out My New Blog

Check out my new NFL Combine Training Blog, where you can learn the latest tips and techniques to run a fast 40 yard dash and prepare and train for football combines!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Brady Quinn Workout Program

Last year we took at look at Adrian Peterson workout program, and along those lines here is another...
Just checked out this month's Muscle and Fitness, and the feature article is Brady Quinn workout program at the EAS headquarters in Colorado. It talks about the Cleveland Browns QB Brady Quinn's work ethic and commitment to training.

No doubt the guy is a beast. He trains hard and from what I read, is doing all the right exercises and drills to keep his body in peak condition and injury free.

From kettlebells, to bands, to rollers, to his dynamic warm-up he is training for sport specific movement. His program by the looks of it is functional to his sport and position. He trains his core and is big on keeping up on his flexibility training. These are crucial elements that need to be included in any athletes training program.

Brady Quinn, who has always looked the part really backs it up with his work in the gym to target football specific movements. Obviously his hard work and commitment in the weight room is paying off.

For more check out his months Brady Quinn Workout Program

Thursday, September 10, 2009

DB and LB Backpedal Drill

If you are a DB or LB and are looking to improve your backpedal, there is a great drill that I use with my athletes that produces great results.

Using a Speed Chute, put the speed chute on so that it is in front of you not at your back. perform resisted speed chute backpedals starting with 10 yards then increasing the distance. Be sure to make sure the hips stay low during the backpedal.

Variations of this drill include giving the athlete commands to backpedal slow and fast, backpedal with a turn and sprint, backpedal with hip rotation right adn left, and backpedalling in a snake like fashion.

These drills are excellent for DB's and LB's to work their position specific backpedal, drops and hip action.

Our Speed Chutes provide the perfect amount of resistance in the backpedal drill. Be sure to get your now to perform this exercise in your training!

Speed Chutes work great for improve speed forwards or backwards. We use them often when training for the NFL Combine, lowering the 40 yard dash or preparing for the NFL season!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Resisted vs. Overspeed Speed Training

I am asked often about resistive vs overspeed training and what gets better results. When you speed train which type of training do you use? If you want fastest path to get results, resistive speed training gets it done.

You see, overspeed training pulls you faster than you can run, which quite often pulls you out of your proper mechanics. When trying to get faster your running mechanics are the foundation for success. Poor mechanics while training will translate into poor mechanics on the field. Quite often athletes that are being pulled in a overpeed towing drill force their muscles to brake because they are being pulled out of control which is counterproductive to the goal of the exercise. If you are going to do overpeed training I suggest running on a slight decline or running with a wind at your back.

Resisted training allows you to improve forward body lean, and increase power through a triple extension of the hip, knee and ankle joints. The force created during this type of training while maintaining proper running mechanics will make you faster. Be certain not to overload the resistance to a point where form and mechanics are compromised, ususally 7 to 10% of the atheltes bodyweight should be used as the amount of resistance applied. Ultimately first step power, acceleration and speed will be increased by using a resited device such as a Speed Sled of Speed Resistor.

Summer Football Training
The summer is ticking away! What are you doing to make yourself better this summer? If you are looking for an edge on the competition check out Training for the NFL program, it gives you the specific training routines I use down here with my athletes preparing for NFL and college training camps. It even includes my position specific conditioning protocols.
Where can you get a 4 phase training program that gets incredible results for such a great price?

40 Yard Dash Tips
Many of my athletes have been running blistering times in the 40 yard dash at their college testing day. Highlights include Damian Copeland a true freshman at Louisville who clocked a 4.37 sec. 40 and Youngstown State true sophmore LB Deonta Tate who ran a 4.53 sec. 40 yard dash.

Both athletes said teamates were asking them about their unique breathing technique they used when running the 40. This breathing technique in my opinon is key for running a fast 40 yard dash. Learn this specific breathing technique which is detailed on my Combine Freak DVD.

Mike Gough BSc, CSCS
http://www.procombinetraining.com/
http://www.combinefreak.com/
http://www.speedtoolsusa.com/


PS. Don't forget to get your Speed Tools Speed Resistor today to start getting faster!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

How to Sprint Faster


I am often asked and e-mailed by athletes, parents and coaches what they can do to run faster. It seems like everyone is is feeling the need for speed these days. Whom can blame them, it what separates the pros from the joes!

So here are three things you can do that will have you running faster:

Work on Your Arm Mechanics - Too many athletes have poor running technique. If you are not efficient, you are wasting energy and slowing yourself down. The arms should be at a 90 degree angle while running. The should swing from the shoulder maintaining that angle. This will help drive and propel the body forward. Many athletes chop their arms which is wasted energy and not efficient.

Use Resisted Sprints to Increase Speed - Resisted sprints provide huge returns in terms of speed development. They teach the body the feel of foward body lean and acceleration angles. I use resisted sprints with the Speed Tools Speed Resistor. We use these everyday at my Athletic Edge Sports Training Center. We perform 15 yard resisted sprints with the speed resistor with good form.

Train the Core - When I tell athletes this they usually think of a ripped six pack. You need to train your core for movement and performance, meaning train the abs, obliques, hip flexors, back erectors, and glutes explosively for movement. So leave the crunches behind, and start training the core with med balls and dynamic movements such as overhead toss situps, russian twists, and rotational throws. These will develop power in your core and help you run faster.

Summer Training
The summer is ticking away! What are you doing to make yourself better this summer? If you are looking for an edge on the competition check out Training for the NFL program, it gives you the specific training routines I use down here with my athletes preparing for NFL training camp. It even includes my position specific conditioning protocols.

Where can you get a 4 phase training program that gets incredible results for such a great price?
Train Hard!

Mike Gough BSc, CSCS
http://www.procombinetraining.com/
http://www.combinefreak.com/
http://www.speedtoolsusa.com/

PS. Don't forget to get your Speed Tools Speed Resistor today to start getting faster!

Friday, May 29, 2009

NFL Pro Timing Day - Cleveland Browns Philip Hunt

NFL Pro Timing Day of Phillip Hunt of the Cleveland Browns performing his 40 yard dash, vertical jump, short shuttle and L-Cone.

Biggest Speed Training Mistakes

Last week I had the honor of speaking to the football players at a local high school. There coach called me and asked me if I could come in and talk to the athletes before they were about to time some 40 yard dashes.

I went through a quick tutorial on the 40 yard dash start position trying to give these young atheltes some technical cues they could put to work right then and there to run a faster time. It was a cliff notes version of what I cover in my Combine DVD but I hit on the major tips.

The coach then asked me what were the biggest problems that hindered speed development in athletes. I responded with a lack of flexibility and arm mechanics...

Athletes as a whole don't stretch enough or not at all, they are tight and stiff, and especially high school athletes whom are going through growth spurts tend to be very inflexible. I told the athletes that flexibility training is THE most overlooked component of speed training. So if you want to get fast... Get flexible!

Arm mechanics especially in the top speed phase of the 40 yard dash can either make or break your time. I see too many athletes running with a short choppy arm swing. This short arm movement shortens your stride length, so at top speed when you want to open your stride up, you are shortening it and losing speed. Next time you run when you reach full speed exaggerate your arm swing to run a faster time.

Summer football training is just starting, if you need a surefire program to make the most of your training and train like an NFLer get my Training For The NFL Program.

Speed Sleds

Check out our speed sleds, if you are up to the challenge! We use these sleds daily to increase acceleration off the start. Get the Sled to lower your 40 yard dash