Sunday, December 03, 2006

Combine Training Confidental : Pre Training Prep

Now that the College football regular season is complete, we are starting to get commitments from athletes looking to prepare for the NFL Combine.

In my dialogue with these athletes I give them a cheat sheet on what to and how to start preparing for their Combine Training. I suggest the following:

1. Perform my NFL Combine Bench Press Protocol once a week (found in my Pro Combine Preparation Manual)
2. Perform my Active Isolated Stretching Protocol daily (found in my Pro Combine Preparation Manual).
3. Perform footspeed drills.
4. Focus on getting healthy and recovering from injuries.
5. Define your physical and football strengths and limitations.
6. Increase your anaerobic conditioning.

Ok these are my big 6 focus points between now and the bowl game. If each athlete can do this when they start to training with me we are way ahead of the game.

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Train Hard,

Coach Mike

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

NFL Combine Training Homework Assignment

After my last post I recieved tons of e-mail asking what priority should be for each football position.

Instead of giving you the answers, I want you to think and anyalze the position of your choice and rate the tests in order from most important to least important. This task will get you thinking and understanding of A) the needs analysis for your position B) where your training focus should be. It will be a starting point and priority list for your training.

I will post some of the responses in future posts.

Now put your thinking cap on and make your list!

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Coach Mike Gough

Monday, November 20, 2006

Combine Training 101 - Target What the Scouts are Looking For

When I get a new athlete coming into train with me for the combine, the first thing I do is talk with the athlete. I ask what are his strengths, limitations, goals, football specific strengths, limitations, and what are his priortities.

I want specifics.

I also educate the athlete on the combine process. One of the items that I think is very important is for athlete to understand what specific tests are most important to their position.

By this I mean which of the combine tests will the scouts place the most emphasis on. This is the order of emphasis and level of focus throughout their training.

We can't get caught in what the media places emphasis on, we must train for what the scouts look for.

For instince, let take an offensive guard. How do you prioritize the combine tests for an OG? I would start off with the most important to least important. Here goes:

1. 10 yard dash split
2. Pro Agility Shuttle
3. Bench Press 225. lbs.
4. Positional Drills
5. Flexibility Tests
6. L-Cone Agility
7. Vertical Jump
8. Broad Jump
9. 40 Yard Dash

So as you can see here is my priority list in general for an OG. Remeber that this is general and that individual limitations apply in certain circumstances that may alter this order.

So breakdown your positional priorities so you can target what the scouts are specifically looking for and your stock will skyrocket!

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Train Hard,

Coach Mike

Saturday, November 11, 2006

NFL Combine Training Updates

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Friday, November 10, 2006

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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Stretching for 40 Yard Dash Speed

Often one of the most overlooked areas in speed enhancement in particulr the 40 yard dash is flexibility training.

Often athletes perform endless bouts of static stretching. Many experts have advocated that static stretches should be held for up to 60 sec. This was known as the gold standard in flexibility training. This type of stretching decreases the blood flow and increases lactic acid production.

This can be potentially performance limiting before an event like the 40 yard dash.

So how do you stretch without this occuring? Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is effective for flexibility enhancement and optimal physiological function. With this type of stretching you hold the stretch for no longer then 2 seconds. This allows the targeted muscle to lengthen without the activation of the stretch relfex in the muscle. This allows the muscles to be stretched in a relaxed state for optimal lengethening.

This type of stretching will yield superior flexibilty results fast. To get my AIS Rope protocol check out my Mastering the 40 Yard Dash Manual. This protocol can be used before training or running the 40 Yard Dash.

Later this week I will teach how to stretch out the hamstring muscles to increase your speed.

Train Hard!

Coach Mike Gough

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Monday, October 23, 2006

Wall Drill Training for 40 Yard Dash

One of the Simplest drills you can do for improving your acceleration phase of the 40 yard dash is by performing wall drills. These require no high tech equipment and produce great results.

In the 40 yard dash the longer you can accelerate the faster you can run. Forward body lean is essential to acceleration. Wall Drills force your body to feel and fire at an exaggerated acceleration angle. When performed properly it fires the hip flexors and gives you that burst off the start.

For 40 yard dash specific walls drills implement my breathing technique with each set. Remember that each set should be short burst with your key thought being keeping the knees firing up and the feet landing back. You want to maintain a 45 degree agle throughout the upper and lower body.

If your hip flexors fatigue or are in-flexible, the body will break the 45 degree angle and you will not be able to maintain the leg drive. You will look as if you are doing a butt kick warmup drill.

While Wall Drills are just one exercise they allow you to feel acceleration an ultimately will enhance your 40 yard dash.

Keep Training hard!

Coach Mike Gough

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Have you seen Mark Anderson?

Wow, sometimes I have to pinch myself. Last night I was taking in Monday Night Football's Cards vs. Bears game. Actually I was taking in my client Mark Anderson's first NFL Start.

You see, Mark Anderson killed the NFL Combine, a 42 inch vert, tops in the shuttle tests, tops in the 40. On draft day, he slid to the 5th round. He was mad, I was mad. We had something to prove.

Now after 6 weeks he has shown the critics worng. 6.5 sacks with limited playing time. He leads the NFL.

Take that.

Last night I had chills watching him turn the corner and nail Matt Leinart between the numbers causing a fumble and a Bears TD.

That is the effect my "Training for the NFL" has on athletes. It allows them to become faster, more explosive and translate to the field where my guys are making the plays.

And it is just not Mark. High School, College, and NFLer's are getting these results.

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Train Hard,

Coach Mike Gough

Thursday, October 12, 2006

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

5 Ways to Maintain Your Speed During the Season

Far too often do I see athletes that lose a step during the season. Here are 5 ways to maintain your speed in-season without a high training volume.

1. Stretch - many athletes don't do this at all. Following a Active Isolated Stretching routine like the one in Mastering the 40 Yard Dash will maintain and improve your flexibility in only 10 min.

2. Footspeed Drills - Perform some footspeed drills each day during the practice week to keep your feet fast. Use a footspeed ladder or jump rope.

3. Work the hips - Fire those hips up with some hip flexor training. Try 3 x 15 sec. of wall drill accelerations.

4. Train the core - Keep the core strong and stable and your will enhance your speed.

5. Plyometrics - Hit some plyometrics 1-2 times a week. Nothing crazy just two explosive exercises for 3 sets each will keep the fast twitch muscles fired up.

As you can see, this won't take alot of time out of your day, but these are essential for maintaining your speed throughout the season.

Remember you want to be at your best come districts and states.

Train Hard,

Coach Mike Gough

Sunday, September 24, 2006

How Size Affects the 40 Yard Dash

I often get athletes that come to me looking to get bigger, with no mention of maintaining or enhancing their speed in the 40 yard dash.

Recently I picked up a ten pound plate and asked an athlete how fast he could run with the plater strapped to his back? He laughed but in all honesty when athletes try to bulk up, their speed, more specifically their acceleration, usually suffers.

So what can be done?

Well gradual lean muscle weight gain is suggested as opposed to rapid weight gain. This allows the body to adjust to the weight gain and maintain their speed. Rapid weight gain slows the body down, decreases flexibility, and ultimately inhibits the fluid movement patterns of the athlete.

So next time you are addicted to gaining muscle, think to yourself that you are an athlete first, that you need to build your athleticism first as muscle is slowly added to the body. You need to stretch to make sure that the muslces can move through a full range of motion. A balanced body of speed and lean muscle is what we are after. Both size and speed can be achieved, it just takes time to do it right.

Remember building a solid foundation takes time, hard work and dedication. If you are looking how to develop speed, look no further than "Mastering the 40 Yard Dash" manual which has a knockout 30 day speed training program that will give you that drive and acceleration you have been longing for. Sprint on over to

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Friday, September 22, 2006

40 Yard Dash World Record

Who has the 40 yard dash world record ? Who has run the Fastest 40?

As you know I put alot of time into studing the 40 yard dash. I analyze tons of video, break down specific techniques looking for the most optimal way to run a perfect 40 yard dash.

Also I analyze times, I break down 10 yard and 20 yard split times to analyze acceleration. I count strides and look at stride length. So you can see I am in-depth with my 40 yard dash knowledge.

This knowledge has led me to be able to teach and provide 40 yard dash instruction that gets results.

There has been alot of talk on the internet about the 40 yard dash and who has the 40 yard dash world record. Here is the problem; there is no consistant enviroment to judge player A from player B. Check this out:

The NFL Combine: yes it has been a consistant enviroment over the past years but last year the installed a Field Turf surface and often players refuse to ru the 40.

Enter the Pro Timing Day. There were more than 150 this year, most jammed into a three week period in March, most held in a dizzying blend of conditions and surfaces. Take March 23, when there were pro days at 11 campuses. North Carolina State ran its 40s indoors in the weight room on a rubber floor. USC ran outdoors on a state-of-the-art track with a crosswind. Southern Illinois ran outdoors on FieldTurf in breezy, 42-degree weather. Southern Mississippi ran outdoors on FieldTurf but in still, 65-degree conditions. Virginia ran outdoors on a Tartan track, Northern Colorado outdoors on artificial turf, Northern Iowa in a dome, Georgia Southern and Bowling Green outdoors on grass, Boston College indoors on rubber. Lambuth, an NAIA school in Jackson, Miss., had its offensive line prospect run on a cracked tennis court. Louisiana-Monroe held pro day in a basketball gym.

SO my point is this: how can we declare or even discuss a world record in the 40 yard dash when there is so many inconsistancies involved.

Just my 2 cents. Have a great weekend.

Train hard,

Coach Mike Gough

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Joseph Addai for NFL Rookie of the Week

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Monday, September 18, 2006

Sled Training for the 40 Yard Dash

A great tool for 40 yard dash improvement is the use of a weighted sled in your training program.

A weighted sled improves acceleration and power development in the running stride. It allows the body to feel forward body lean, critical for acceleration.

Here are my top three drills with the weight sled for you 40 yard dash improvement.

Drill #1 10 yard Accelerations
From a 40 yard dash start position accelerate out 10 yards with proper 40 yard dash technique and breathing (see: Mastering the 40 Yard Dash)

Drill #2 Resisted Marching
Using a heavier resistance on the sled perform a marching A focusing on forward body lean, firing the hip flexors and good arm action. Perform this drill out to 20 yards.

Drill #3 Backpedal Drives
With the harness or belt on backwards, athlete performs a resisted backpedal, focusing on keep the hips low and extending the leg through each stride with good arm action.

Try these three drills to train for the 40 yard dash. To learn the proper technique for the 40 Click Here.

Get fast!

Coach Mike Gough

Terrell Owens a Mentor?

After all we have heard about Terrell Owens and his past with the 49ers and Eagles, one would not expect TO of all people to mentor a undrafted rookie free agent.

A client of mine Sam Hurd made the Dallas Cowboys roster as an undrafted rookie free agent. Sam has made a huge impact thus far.

A big reason is becasue of the mentoring of Owens, who has taken Sam under his wing, teching him what has made him a success on the field. Owens stays after practice with Hurd teaching him the little things that have made him successful. He has helped guide and mentor Sam.

The Sporting News wrote a great piece during training camp entitled Hurd becoming known as more than TO's protege which in talking to Hurd has made me see a whole new side to "TO" as we may know him.

The lesson here, "don't always judge a book by it's cover" as they say. For me, I know that TO has made a positive impact on my client's career which is just starting. And for that I am thankful to him.

Train Hard

Coach Mike Gough

Thursday, September 14, 2006

How to Prepare Your Body for Training

Far too often do I see athletes that start lifting or training without properly preparing their bodies for physical performance. Training is all about progressions, whether it is on the big scale (Year Training Plan) or for a single workout, you need to turn you muscles on so you extract all you can out of your training.

Training takes time and there is no sense wasting your time if your muscles are not ready to perform at their peak and get all you can out of your training.

So what should you do? Well to start you need to warm the body up. Second you need to to perform a specialized stretching protocol using Active Isolated Stretching techniques, and finally you need to turn the muscles on with a dynamic warm-up All of these techniques are outlined in my Mastering the 40 Yard Dash.

If you follow this protocol you will get so much more out of your workouts and thus reap more results. If you have not been prepping your body before you train you are selling yourslef short.

Train Hard, Win Big!

Coach Mike Gough

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Sunday, September 10, 2006

NFL Season Kickoff Weekend

Today I spent my afternoon at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa watching the Ravens kick some serious butt against the Bucs. It was exciting to see my client Ed Mulitalo whooping some butt on the Bucs defensive linemen.

I feel that this is the best he has ever been prepared for an NFL season with this being his 8th year.

Now I sit in front of the TV watching another client, Joseph Addai make his NFL Debut. All my guys are making me proud today.

It has been quite a day to say the least.

Until tomorrow,

Coach Mike Gough

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Saturday, September 09, 2006

A Training Split for 40 Yard Dash Training

Looking for a training split for the 40 yard dash that works in all aspects of training for the forty yard dash?

This training split here is all you need for your forty yard dash improvement. Note that this training split is for the 40 yard dash and does not take into account the other NFL Combine Tests.

40 Yard Dash Training Split

MONDAY (A.M.) - Max-Effort Upper Body lift
MONDAY (P.M.) - Plyometrics Routine

TUESDAY (A.M.) - Sprint work and 40 Yard Dash Technique
TUESDAY (P.M.) - Max-Effort Lower Body Lift

WEDNESDAY - Regeneration/Core Strength/Flexibility

THURSDAY (A.M.) - Plyometric Routine
THURSDAY (P.M.) - Muscle Endurance Upper Body lift

FRIDAY (A.M.) - Sprint work and 40 Yard Dash Technique
FRIDAY (P.M.) - Muscle Endurance Lower Body lift

SATURDAY - 40 yard dash technique and Plyometric Routine


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Keep training hard!

Coach Mike Gough

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Friday, September 08, 2006

A Must Read: "The Draft" by Pete WIlliams

Not too often do I suggest a good read. "The Draft" by Pete Williams is a must read if you follow the NFL Combine, NFL Draft or are interested in the NFL Scouting process.

The NFL draft is the most closely followed sporting event not involving an actual athletic contest. Pete Williams explores this world from the inside out, exposing the multi-layered feeding frenzy that swarms around Americas top college players. "The Draft" follows a handful of NFL hopefuls through the ups and downs of the 2004-2005 college football season and the pre-draft process, culminating with this years draft.

In tandem with the players, Williams follows three agents and two college programs, along with Atlanta Falcons scouts, who employ a stringent character-based system to evaluate players. These parallel stories weave together, creating a gripping and fascinating look at a world few see from the inside.

A very interesting read! Click here to get your copy of "The Draft"

Coach Mike Gough

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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Combine Bench Press Controversy

The other day one of my subscribers e-mailed me to tell me about a post someone made about my "Combine Bench Press Protocol" in one of the many discussion forums on the web. The protocol outlined in my Pro Combine Preparation Manual obviously created a stir.

First off I don't read many of these online conditioning forums with the exception of Ryan Lee's's discussion forum.

Secondly, I don't care what this one person's negative opinon was (He stated that my bench press program was far to much volume and that it targeted muscle endurace).

The fact is that my bench press methods work. Uncovential or not they work. Ask Philadelphia Eagles Guard Scott Young who repped the 225 lbs. weight 43 time at the 2005 NFL Combine. In addition the NFL Combine Bench Press test is a test of "muscle endurance" and not of "max strength".

See those who have the program and have implemented it into their workouts know it is no joke and it gets results. Just ask one of my athletes who responded to the person online, his bench went from 12 to 17 reps in three weeks.

Remember to train for the Combine bench press test you need to train the muscle endurance something that is often overlooked in max strength dominated sport.

Train Smart, Train Hard

Coach Mike Gough

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Reggie Bush's 40 Yard Dash

How fast is Reggie Bush? He is FAST! Apart fro his 40 yard dash he ran on pro day that many say was in the 4.33 sec. range, Reggie Bush has taken his game to the NFL now. How do you think he will do, noting that the NFL is a step faster than the college ranks?

I saw some clips of Reggie on ESPN from the NFL pre-season games. He looked really good. He has the speed to turn the corner. He made a couple of speedy corners look foolish as they took wrong pursuit angles on him and he blew by them.

No doubt that Reggie's 40 yard dash will translate to on-field speed. That should be the goal of you and every other player out there. You want to run a fast 40 yard dash and you want to be able to perform on the gridiron.

I found this video of Reggie Bush's 40 yard dash at his NFL Timing day, take a look. While I think that he could have run even faster with some technique corrections, his acceleration and speed are amazing.

Check out my "Mastering the 40 Yard Dash" Manual that helped Joseph Addai run a 4.37 40 yard dash at the 2006 NFL Combine. His combine performance helped him get selected in the 1st round of the NFL Draft.

Keep Training Hard!

Coach Mike Gough

Saturday, September 02, 2006

40 Yard Dash vs. Football Speed

This weekend marks the first of the college football season. One thing I will be watching is athletes football game speed and how that corelates to their 40 Yard Dash time.

I have seen athletes that are game fast and 40 yard dash slow, game fast and 40 yard dash fast. So what gives?

Well some athletes are more agile than straight ahead fast. Some run great short shuttle times but slower 40 yard dash times. An athlete that percieves to be quick, fast and agile on the field and make plays might not run a reggie bush like 40 yard dash. But that does not mean he can't ball on the field.

A good determiner of an athlete's agility and quickness vs. speed is to assess their testing numbers in the short shuttle and 40 yard dash. Your short shuttle time should be .4 or 4 tenths faster than your 40 yard dash. So if you run a 4.40 40 yard dash, your shuttle time should be around 4 sec. flat.

Enjoy the weekend's game and look to see who is agile and who is fast!

Coach Mike

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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Hip Flexor Training for the 40 Yard Dash

One of the biggest areas athletes often neglect in thier speed training for football is developing the hip flexors. To aid in your "forty yard dash" improvement the hip flexors must be strong, powerful, and most of all flexibile.

One great dill that I use to develop hip flexor firing and power is wall drills. Placing you hands against a wall, walk your feet back so that your torso is at a 45 degree angle from the floor. Start by running with the legs focusing on firing the hip flexor. A good key to think about is to think about driving the knee up and and keeping the feet back when the touch the ground. Perform 4-5 sets of 10 sec. each.

Tip: try to maintain a 45 degree torso angle the whole set. This translates to increased forward body lean which increases acceleration.

This will help you on your 40 yard dash acceleration phase.

Train Hard!

Coach Mike Gough

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

In-Season Football Training

Combine Training aside, now your focus should be on making plays on the field. The whole reason you train for the combines is to ball on the field. To keep your edge all season long you have to keep training.

All too often do I see some athletes that training with great intensity in the off-season and make huge gains throw it all away during the season due to a lack of structure in their high school football program.

As a result when the playoffs come around these athletes are deconditioned and performing at a level no where close to their potential.

How to we overcome this? You need two quick workouts a week to maintain your edge. Your in-season workout should include strength, footspeed, core strength, flexibility and anaerobic conditioning to keep the body tuned up.

Do that twice a week and you will be feeling like you have not lost a step come playoffs.

For my detailed In-Season workout plan check out my latest training manual "Training for the NFL"

Thats all for now keep training hard!

Coach Mike Gough

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

New Age of High School Football

Football at the high school level has taken on a professional look the past five years. Nationally televised games, Nike Combines, alot of focus on athletes testing numbers specifically the 40 yard dash.

Saturday I watched a High School football game on ESPN, pitting Byrnes (SC) vs. Belle Glade Central (Fl). At the half they showed the conditioning program that Byrnes performs in the summer. I was impressed.

What impressed me was the amount of speed and agility work these athletes perfom. Hats off to them and there strength and speed coach.

If you are an aspiring high school athlete looking to play at the college level, make sure that your train for speed agility and quickness, as many program out there only focus is strength. A complete training program will develop your total athleticism.

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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Hill Sprints for 40 Yard Dash Improvement

I am currently on vacation up here in Canada, a long way from my home in Florida. I am getting way from it all but wanted to write to you to share some experiences with you.

Yesterday I decided to go for a interval run for my training. While on the run the lanscape of the Canadian Shield was kicking my butt. Steep hills define the challenging rocky terrain, and often I found myself sprinting up a forty five to sixty degree angles. It was tough to say the least.

See running hills provides a great challenge to the body and when adapted for combine training can play a key role in improving your 40 yard dash time.

It generates leg power and is great for firing the poserior chain, so important for sprinting.

If you have access to a steep hill, throw it into your workout routine to add some variety. Perform sprints up the hill then walk down and repeat. Try to power through each stride using the legs and the arms to drive you up the hill.

Thats all for now! Keep pushing it!

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Mike Gough
NFL Combine Training Expert

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Monday, August 07, 2006

Anaerobic Football Specific Conditioning

This time of the offseason you should be pushing your anaerobic conditioning in preparation for the upcoming season. Let's be honest, no one enjoys this type of training but it needs to be done. The more anaerobic work you perform in the off-season the easier those two a days will be and the faster you will be able to recover.

Short duration sprints with football specific rest intervals should be the focus. There are various drills you can implement into your training program to increase your anaerobic conditioning. Some drills are straight sprints while others combine some change of direction.

My latest manual 'Training for the NFL' is a 4 phase complete training program ( has many anerobic conditioning drills with specific times breakdown for different positions.

Your training should be broken up into conditioning days and speed days. Make sure that the objective of each workout is clearly defined as you do not want to be training speed and anerobic conditioning in the same workouts.

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Remeber that to be the best out on the field, we need to train the specific energy systems that are tapped into out on the field.


Mike Gough
NFL Combine Training Expert

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Improving Combine Performance

It is very easy to improve performance in the combine tests. I find it amazing that a series of simple technique cues can drastically change an athlete's perfomance.

Yesterday was the start of high school football training camps here in Florida. One of the school that I work with down here asked me to put the athletes through a combine testing on the first morning of practice.

This school is entering their first year in football. They are very raw, but the athletes are eager. I set up all of the tests and roamed around trying to guide the athletes many of whom had no idea of what or how to do any of the tests.

What I found amazing was a simple tip on a 40 start or vertical jump, broad jump, or bench press helped the athlete improve their result on their second attempt.

Many of the athletes had a look of bewilderment after seeing just by altering a simple movement their result could be improved. There were alot of teachable moments.

So let me teach you...

One of the fastest ways combine performace is through technique refinement. Cleaning up how you perform each test and having a cheat sheet like the Pro Combine Preparation Manual will aid in your performance.
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Mike Gough
NFL Combine Training Expert

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Top 5 Free Agent Combine Mistakes

The Free Agent Combines are in full swing. These combine provide a legit shot for those with aspirations of playing int he NFL, CFL, NFLE, or AFL. Recently we attended one of these combines and here are the common Top 5 Mistakes we witnessed.

1. Footwear for the proper conditions/surface was often overlooked. Athletes need to be educated on what shoes are good for the specific tests and surfaces.

2. Improper Warm Up Protocol - athletes did not get warmed up enough. Too much static stretching was being performed shutting the muscles off.

3. Don't be a Spectator - You are there to peform at your highest level. You achieve this by taking care of yorself and solely focusing on your performance. Don't worry about other athletes there that are testing and what they scored on this test or that test.

4. Positional drills are important - don't let up on the positional drills because you put up good numbers in testing. Keep full throttle until the combine is over. Go all out in the one on ones.

5. Give yourself a chance - preparation is vital to success. many athletes looked like their heads were turning, the were asking other athlete how to perform the tests. Give yourself the best chance of success, prepare to your fullest potential.

To improve your combine performance, and to learn the answers, the how to's to the 'Top 5 Mistakes' check out my Pro Combine Preparation Manual

If you are going to put your future on the line at a combine, give yourself the best preparation out there. Be prepared, perform at your best.

Mike Gough
NFL Combine Training Expert

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

NFL Combine Test Technique

If you are one of those athletes out there that think there is not much science to performing the combine tests and think you can head out there and just wing it, you are selling yourself short.
With that being said I had an very inspiring e-mail yesterday from one of my client's parents who attended a high school Addidas Combine. Here goes:
Hi Mike,
Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how matt did. Amazingly, he increased his vertical by 7 inches since the last camp due to your new technique. He had a 35inch vertical, benched 12 reps at 185, did the shuttle in 4.2 and the 40 in 4.6. This was the electronic sensor start and sensor stop so the times were running slower than they would have normally been, as you said. His shuttle was fabulous.
At least 6 college coaches from the camp complimented him and commented that he had the best shuttle technique they had seen at ANY of the high school combine camps. If he doesn't have THE fastest shuttle time out of the 300 kids that were invited to this camp, it'll definitely be in the top 5. Thank you sooooo much. I was already getting about 2 dozen coaches asking me where he wants to go to college, where he's from, GPA, SAT score, etc......Matt's so determined to play college football and your help has been invaluable. We'll keep you up to date as to how he does at the Nike Recruiting camp on May 20th. Again thank you and have a great day!
Ms. K
So there you go. All this in two hours teaching young Matt some of the technique instruction that is in my Pro Combine Preparation Manual. Imagine what you can do with having this resource in your hands to constantly refer to.
If you are going to put your future on the line at a combine, give yourself the best preparation out there. Be prepared, perform at your best.

Mike Gough
NFL Combine Training Expert
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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

NFL Combine Performance Assessments

NFL Combine Performance Assessments

With the NFL Combine in almost over I have had a chance to watch a lot of footage of guys testing out in the various combine tests.

This year I this is what my assessments are thus far:

Shoe Selection: with the new Field Turf surface in the RCA Dome I have seen many players wearing the wrong footwear during the 40 yard dash. To know what shoes you need for each type of field surface for the 40 yard dash click here:

Agility Test Technique: I have been appalled with the lack of technique on the agiity tests.
Athletes are taking far too many steps on the agility tests and adding valuable tenths of seconds to their times. To learn how to perform the agility tests properly click here:

Poor Arm action when running: Arm action for the most part has been sloppy with athletes not using efficient technique. To learn how to move your arms for the 40 click here:

Lack of flexibility: Many athletes especially the wide receivers looked tight and popped up right off the start of their 40 yard dash. Usually this is a sign of inflexibility specifically in the hip and hamstrings.

If you would like to take your combine preparations to the ultimate level, I suggest you check out my Secrets of Combine Training and my Pro Combine Preparation Manual these manuals will give you the training and technique instruction you need to blow the scouts away at your combine.

I am in the process of watching more film on the NFL Combine. I will keep you updated on what I see and how it can help you improve.

Mike Gough
NFL Combine Training Expert

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Anderson Follows Addai's Lead at NFL Combine

After Joseph Addai's memorable NFL Combine Performance on Saturday, it was time for Alabama's Mark Anderson to take to the turf today in Indy. Mark did not disappoint.
Anderson lead his group (Group 8) with a 40 yard dash time of 4.61 sec., he lead his group and all defensive linemen with a huge vertical jump of 42', also led all DL with a 10' 7' Broad Jump. He took top in the three cone drill with a 6.95 sec. time and placed second in the short shuttle (4.22 sec.). Overall it was a dominating performance by Anderson.

He followed Addai's lead after his perfomance Saturday after clocking a 4.37 sec 40 yard dash. Anderson was even more confident after hearing of Addai's results.

What is turning even more heads is that each of these athlete trained here at PCT under my direction. They followed my direction adn my techniques and it payed off.

All of this technique instruction in my Pro Combine Preparation Manual
( you can have a eye popping performance like Joseph had. Plain and simple.

It will give you the tips that Mark and Joseph used to set himself apart at the NFL Combine.

Mike Gough
NFL Combine Training Expert

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Addai Rules NFL Scouting Combine

Addai Rules NFL Scouting Combine

Saturday was his day. After 6 long weeks training he was ready to show the NFL who’s who what he could do. And that he did…

ESPN Reported this morning the following headline "Addai and Winston increase draft status at NFL Combine".

LSU running back Joseph Addai made a statement yesterday on the new Field Turf in the RCA Dome. Many questioned how fast the surface would be, that was no obstacle for Joseph Addai. After all he had something to prove. His first 40 was a cautious 4.41 sec. 40 yard dash. He executed a great start and accelerated through the finish. But there was more…
On his second 40 he threw down, blistering a 4.37 40 yard which was later recognized as the fastest running back time at the combine. The six weeks he trained with me was worth it. He also had a first place scores for running backs with a vertical jump of 38.5 inches and a huge broad jump of 10’5".

How did he do it?

After the testing I had a chance to meet up with him talk. He said that the all the techniques I taught him made the difference. He said he was so confident that if he worked the technique and combined with his athletic ability, he would perform the best.
You see with the technique instruction in my Pro Combine Preparation Manual
( you can have a eye popping performance like Joseph had. Plain and simple.
It will give you the tips that Joseph used to set himself apart at the NFL Combine.

Mike Gough
NFL Combine Training Expert

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Live from the 2006 NFL Combine

Live From the NFL Combine…

I arrived in Indianapolis last night for the NFL Combine. Things are buzzing here in Indy for the 2006 NFL Combine. Players are arriving each day with the first group being tested tomorrow.
This morning I attended the Reebok "The Player’s Perspective: The First Reebok NFL Scouting Combine Forum", which was an exclusive look at the NFL Scouting Combine. This seminar featured Pittsburgh Steelers Heath Miller, Miami Dolphins standout rookie Ronnie Brown, Gil Brandt from and Eddie White from Reebok. The players provided the mindset and their perspectives of the NFL Scouting Combine. It was very interesting and very informative.
Testing starts here tomorrow with the OL and RB hitting the new turf at the RCA dome.

If you are looking for an in-depth look into the NFL Scouting Combine be sure to check out my Pro Combine Preparation Manual ( It is the resource on the NFL Combine.

During the NFL Combine I am offering a special bonus to my followers. With the purchase of my "Mastering the 40 Yard Dash" manual I will throw in my 40 Yard Dash 10 Lesson Course to you at no charge. This 39$ Bonus manual outlines 10 informative things you can do to get your 40 time where you want it.

This offer lasts as long as the NFL Combine. Take advantage of this 39$ free offer right now!

Mike Gough
NFL Combine Training Expert

PS. If you want an inside look at the secrets of Combine training techniques I used with my clients here at the NFL Combine check out my 'Secrets of Combine Training' (

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