Saturday, November 24, 2007

How to Reach on the Vertical Jump

Do you know the different ways to measure the reach on the vertical jump for combine testing?
Now I know you may think what the heck is he talking about but listen to what I have to say...

How to perform the reach in the vertical jump is just as important as the jump itself. When performing the vertical jump the scout will measure your reach, then your jump, and the difference is your vertical jump (ie. 38" etc.)

If you prepare for every possible way the scouts measure the reach you can greatly improve your score in this test. There are specific techniques that will help you lower your reach thus increasing your total vertical jump.

Often these technique cues can be implemented quickly, but for a full effect they need to be practiced. If you learn and master these techniques you will be fully prepared regardless if the scouts use a one, or two armed reach on the pole, tiles or wall.

From my experience, using these techniques can add 4"-5" on your vertical jump. Now doesn't that sound good?

To get these combine training secrets and more get your hands on my new DVD "The Combine Freak" will not disappoint.

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Train Hard,

Coach Mike Gough

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

40 yard dash Frustrations

Do you know what is bothering me?

I can't stand when people get in the way of an athlete's success.It absolutely irritates me when people make decisions and use power to further themselves and not the athlete. Here is why I feel this way.

Recently, I was asked to work with a top prospect up in my homeland of Canada. This athlete is a physical freak and I believe has the ability to play in the NFL.

Upon me contacting him he explained that they had a program at his school, and that his coach said that he had to follow that program in preparation for his testing day with scouts.
I asked him if I could view the program, which I did. Let me preface this by saying that I respect other professionals and know that we all have our own way, and that in most cases we all get results. So if this program he was about to show me was beneficial to him then I would not have any problem with him following there program.

The athlete scanned the program's several pages and sent it to me. What I saw was a program that was fit for a Pop Warner team, basic weight training exercises, no speed, no core, no specific combine prep, no plyometrics, no flexibility, no agility or movement training... I was speechless.
I though I would at least e-mail the caoch to see if I could educate him on what this athlete needed to be doing. In my polite and well written e-mail I expressed interest in helping the athlete prepare for the Combine. His response was..."they are part of the team... the team has a weight lifting program that is manadtory... I built the foundation here and it represent what we do here." In his e-mail he also stated that his program was combine specific... You get the picture.

So here we have a talented athlete with a bright future that is being held down by a coach that is holding his power, and putting his ego in front of this athlete's future. That is what bothers me... Actually it irritates me.

I wish I could slip the athlete a copy of The Combine Freak ( for him to watch in private. To at least be on the same level as the athletes that have prepared for the combine tests, athletes that know the specific technique for each test.

This coach would benefit much more by the athlete training properly, testing at the top, making the NFL and thus furthering the perception of this coach's football program. Now that would be logical...

So here is just a one of story of an athlete being held back by his coach... I am sure there are many more.

Don't let it happen to you.

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Train Hard,
Mike Gough

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

40 yard dash - Combine Freak DVD

I wanted to share with you this story on how the Combine Freak was created.

It was Christmas Eve last year, and my wife was walking our two basset hounds, when she got home she told me she met this gentlemen walking his dog and that his son is a college football player from a small 1-AA school in the northeast. She said that he wanted to train when he was down for the holidays.

Later that day I get a call from this athlete, and he came in the 26th to workout with me. He said he was from a small school and played LB and by looking at him he was undersized to play LB at the NFL level. I looked at him and thought he would make a great safety with his size so I put him through a tough and I mean tough, workout and was impressed with his athletic ability. I knew when I saw him that he could get a look at the next level. He just had that "it" factor.

This athlete (Jon Corto) decided to stay down in Forida for 8 weeks at his parents and dedicate himself to making the NFL. That was his dream. He was relentless in his commitment to learn and master the combine tests. He was like a student, taking notes on every detail I gave him. He mastered each test to the best of is ability. I had him peaking at the best he had ever been.

My next mission was to get him into a Pro Day, and with the help of his agent he attended the Syracuse Pro Day. There at the Carrier Dome, Jon put on a show that day. With his chiseled 6'1 210 lbs. frame Jon, jumped a 41.5" vertical, a 10'2" Broad Jump, Ran a 4.56 40 yard dash, had a 4.02 short shuttle and a blistering 6.50 sec. L-Cone. He blew it up.

Jon ended up making the Buffalo Bills practice roster this year. Not bad for a guy who told me that he just wanted to see what he could do. Not bad for a guy that grew up in Buffalo and dreamed of one day playing for the Bills. Jon is the "Combine Freak"

If you want to see Jon in action, you need to get the Combine Freak DVD. You will not be dissapointed. You will also be able to see Jon and many other of my clients testing in front of the NFL Scouts.

If you have a dream like Jon did. Live it! And let the Combine Freak help you get there.
We are almost out of our special launch offer, we have 27 copies remaining, so if you are thinking abot getting in, you better get in soon!
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Train Hard!
Coach Mike Gough

Friday, November 09, 2007

How is Your 40 Yard Dash?

How is your 40 yard dash progressing?

Well if you are like many athletes out there that are planning on attending a football combine this spring you need to always try to push the limit with your 40 yard dash technique training.

The more you focus on the individual phases the faster you will run.

Key Components to a fast 40 yard dash are the Start Stance, Acceleration Phase, and the Top End Speed Phase. How you plan and train each phase will determine how much improvemnt you make.

Each of these three key components to a great 40 yard dash will be broken down into the finest detail in my new DVD "The Combine Freak" that will be launched next Thursday at 12 noon EST.

If you are looking to achieve excellence in all of the combine tests then this is your chance to separate yourself from the competition.

David from Hawaii Asks:
How will your DVD differ from other Combine DVD out there?

David, great question, honestly I can't say becasue I have not seen other combine dvds. My combine test technique has been refined through video analysis, trial and error and through personal experience preparing my athletes for the NFl Combine. I will say this, my DVD covers every little detail of every test, I teach you eberything that I know about combine training and leave nothing on the table.

Joe from Arizona Asks:
What tests are covered in your new DVD?

Joe, "The Combine Freak" Vol.1 will cover the following tests: Flexibility tests (3 in total) 40 Yard Dash (3 phases) 5-10-5 Shuttle L Cone 60 Yard Shuttle Vertical Jump Broad Jump Bench Press

In addition I give you a bonus section on my combine preparation secrets, including your mental game, shoe selection, preparation, night before tips, and combine protocol for success.

If you follow what I have to say in this DVD you will no doubt enhance you combine performance!

Be sure to look for my special e-mail next thursday at 12pm EST where you can get your hands on "The Combine Freak" Vol.1 at a special price before I launch it to the world. I will offer 250 DVD's at this special price. They will go quick so make sure you check you email to get on board!

Train hard!


Coach Mike Gough
NFL Combine Training Expert