Saturday, December 29, 2007

Tools to get Faster, Quicker for Football Combines

I hope all of you are having a great holiday. This is a busy time of year for me with my athletes preparing for the NFL and CFL combines...

But I have a special pre launch announcement just for you...

Over the years I have been helping athletes all over the world get faster, stronger and more powerful while becoming better athletes. Now I am lauching a set of new tools to help you become explosive and flat out fast.

Mike Gough's Speed Tools is my own line of speed training gear that is designed to get you FAST.

Chutes, Sleds, Ladders, Hurdles, and much, much more to help you unleash your athletic potential.

Check it out at

You will not be disappointed as this equipment is heavy duty and the exact training gear I use with my athletes down here. It has been battle tested by the best.

Train Hard,

Mike Gough

PS: If you are looking to imprve your 40 yard dash then check out my Speed Tools Agility Ladder

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Pro Agility Shuttle

Yesterday I was poking around online and found a video on a high school football combine website that made me scratch my head. Let me tell you why…

They had a coach/trainer/timer (not sure his specific title) miked up coaching some high school players through the pro agility shuttle. He was telling them to do everything they should not do!!!

If you have watched my new DVD “The Combine Freak” you will know what I am talking about as I point out some techniques that others teach that are killing your time and I show you how to fix them.

He was actually adding 4+ tenths to their times with his techniques. Adding steps, the turns, foot placement, everything he said was NOT what they should be doing. And what happened? At the end of the video clip they showed the first athlete run the shuttle, he was all over the place, slipping in the turns, and adding steps here and there. He almost ran over the guy timing because of these techniques (maybe he did it on purpose!).

In addition the worst thing to do right before you test is to have some trying to coach you up. Perfection takes time.

I am the first to be open to new techniques and must admit that my training techniques are the accumulation of years of learning from others and dissecting video myself. Point is that my technique works.

Don’t waste your time and effort practicing the wrong way to perform the shuttle, when with a click of a remote control you can learn the right way.

Get the Combine Freak Combine preparation DVD today before your testing day has come and gone and you are left there on the field saying I should have listened to Mike.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

How to Train for the Football Combine Tests

How an athlete performs at a football combine can be critical in their football career. Football combines consist of the following tests: 40 yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, bench press, pro agility shuttle, three cone agility, and 60 yard shuttle. The better the athlete can perform in each of these 7 tests the better their chances of playing football at the next level whether that is high school to college, or college to the NFL.

Football combine performance enhancement is twofold. The athlete needs to train to enhance their raw strength, speed, agility power and flexibility. The athlete also needs to master the proper technique for each test, ensuring that the test is performed in the most efficient manner. This will lead to a knockout football combine performance.

Football Combine Training

Training for the football combines obviously is different than training for the sport of football. The athlete needs to be a polished blend of speed, agility, power, quickness, and athletic fluidity. Training must reflect these qualities.

Movement skill training, encompassing speed, agility, quickness and foot speed are major areas of focus when training to test at a football combine. These components can be enhanced with training using ladders, speed chutes, speed resistors, and various cones drills. This will allow the athlete to move more efficiently allowing the athlete to perform the tests with better technique.

Developing and enhancing explosive power is also a very important aspect of an athlete’s combine training. Plyometrics are a training method that I use when preparing athletes for the NFL Combine. They help enhance the vertical jump, broad jump, and the 40 yard dash.

Strength development is important as it is a component of increasing explosive power. For the bench press test, both max strength and muscle endurance training should be performed to increase reps performed.

Flexibility training should be performed daily to help increase range of motion. An increased range of motion will enhance speed, agility, and power development.

Football Combine Technique Training

Regardless if you trained to enhance your speed, agility and power, technique training specifically for the combine tests can greatly lower testing times and increase jump height and bench press reps.

Specific test technique cues can limit extra steps and decrease times. By working and refining the specific proper technique for each test you will perform the test more efficiently.

When training the technique for each test, breaking the test up into phases and refining each phase is the best way to make the biggest gains to the whole test. Perfect each phase the move to the next.

Having a systematic step by step protocol for each test is essential to performing at your best. This decreases your nerves as the test becomes a routing that you have repeated hundreds of times during training.

Mental thought processes prior and during each test can limit nerves and increase performance. One two or three simple thoughts provide focus and helps block out negative thoughts and distractions.

By working on the physical and mental technique cues, perfection in each of the tests can be achieved.

Football combine training is twofold. For a knockout combine performance both training and technique refinement should be performed. By training both of these areas you will ensure that you are fully prepared for the biggest test of you life.

NFL Combine training expert Mike Gough, CSCS specializes in 40 yard dash training and football combine test preparation. Mike has just released his football combine training DVD entitled "The Combine Freak" and is available at where you can signup for his free 40 yard dash and combine training newsletter.
For more information on Mike Gough's NFL Combine Training Program please visit his website at

Friday, December 14, 2007

The 40 Yard Dash... Like Riding a Bike???

A funny thing happened the other day. Jon Corto who was the "Combine Freak" in my new DVD had a workout with the New York Giants on Tuesday. He and two other safeties were brought in to get a look. Surprisingly Giants Head Coach, Tom Coughlin conducted the workout.

Jon said they put him through 45 min. of positional drills then out of the blue Coughlin said, "get on the line to run a 40 so we can see how fast you are". Now Jon has not run a 40 yard dash since last March when he lit up the Syracuse Pro Day. So he was taken off guard and said he panicked for a second and scramble to focus on the proper technique. The other two players at the workout were even more stressed, as on was a 13 year vet who has not had to run a forty yard dash in a long, long time.

The panic for Jon did not last long. he got his head into it worked through a couple of starts then hit a decent 40 yard dash in the high 4.5's. He said that all the training with me, ingrained the technique cues into his memory, and he said when he is 50 years old he will still remember my 40 yard dash technique.

Jon told me later it is was "just like riding a bike" executing a close to perfect 40 yard dash.

If you want to learn these powerful 40 yard dash technique cues that will soak into your brain and allow you to run a great time, get the Combine Freak DVD .

Train Hard,

Mike Gough

About the Author: NFL Combine training expert Mike Gough, CSCS specializes in 40 yard dash training and football combine test preparation. Mike has just released his football combine training DVD entitled "The Combine Freak" and is available at where you can signup for his free 40 yard dash and combine training newsletter.
For more information on Mike Gough's NFL Combine Training Program please visit his website at

Monday, December 10, 2007

Combine Freak Q&A

I have been getting some e-mails regarding the starting techniques I teach for the combine short shuttle featured in my Combine Freak DVD. I have been asked why I teach the test this way.

There are various wasy to perform the starting stance of this test. How we start this test is where we can really shave some time off the clock.

The reason why I use my technique on the starting stance is it is more efficient. By performing the first step with my method you will take two tenths off your time for phase one (first five yards).

Trust me I have tried and tested all of the methods out there you see performed for this test at football combines, timing the first phase out and this technique is always two tenths faster.

So while my technique may feel different that what you have been doing, stick with it and you will reap the benefits.

Practice makes perfect.

That's all for now. If you been waiting to get on board with the combine freak DVD, you are missing out. Get on board at

Train Hard,
Mike Gough

PS: If you have my new DVD and have a question send it to me and I will try to address it in future e-mails. If you have not got your hands on a copy yet, get on board

Sunday, December 09, 2007

How to Run a Faster 40 Yard Dash for Football Combines

How to Run a Faster 40 Yard Dash

The 40 yard dash has become the gold standard of football tests and can make or break an athlete’s football career. It is one of the most popular tests performed each year at the NFL Combine.

Many football players are looking for ways to improve their 40 yard dash time prior to attending football combines. By improving specific technique aspects and performing the proper training, 40 yard dash times can be greatly lowered.

Technique for the 40 Yard Dash

By refining the specific technique for the 40 yard dash, times can be greatly improved. Technique cues such as starting stance, first step length, countermovement, arm action, and breathing are some of the key factors in improving the 40 yard dash.

The starting stance of the 40 yard dash is extremely important as it is the foundation for a great time in the 40 yard dash. Each athlete should try to limit countermovement off the start as the timers go on first movement, so if there is countermovement valuable time is given to the timers.

After the start the first step is vital to get an explosive start to the 40 yard dash. The step must be the right length and the right angle for a great start.

One of the most important techniques cues for the 40 yard dash is the breathing technique that is used. A specific breathing pattern will ensure the athlete does not tighten up leading to a great time and technique.

The more technique flaws that can be corrected the more efficient the athlete will run.

Training for the 40 Yard Dash

The other aspect for improving the 40 yard dash is using training methods to increase speed, acceleration, power and flexibility.

Speed and ultimately acceleration training are key methods to enhance a 40 yard dash result. Speed training emphasizing on forward body lean, stride frequency and stride length will improve times.

Flexibility is one of the most over looked aspects of 40 yard dash enhancement. By increasing flexibility in the hips, legs and upper body speed will be enhanced.

By focusing on both the technique and training aspects of the 40 yard dash, a great time can be achieved. The athlete must become a student of the 40 yard dash learning and practicing perfection.

NFL Combine training expert Mike Gough, CSCS specializes in 40 yard dash training and football combine test preparation. Mike has just released his football combine training DVD entitled "The Combine Freak" and is available at where you can signup for his free 40 yard dash and combine training newsletter.

For more information on Mike Gough's NFL Combine Training Program please visit his website at

Friday, December 07, 2007

Nike Football Combine Dates Announced

If you play high school football and are serious about playing college football, then read this post carefully and do what i tell you.

The 2008 Nike Combine dates have been released. Before you signup hear me out. They have listed the surfaces that the testing will take place on. Make sure that you have the proper footwear for the correctr surface you will be tested on.

My Combine Freak DVD ( teaches you each and every tip for you to excel at these combines, plus I show you what footwear to get for each test.

Now the dates, places, and surfaces... Here they are:

Sat., Feb. 2nd Phoenix, Ariz. Phoenix College Grass/outdoors
Sat., Feb. 9th Miami, Fla. Miami Dolphins Facility Turf/indoors
Sat., Feb. 16th New Orleans, La. East Jeff. HS Turf/outdoors
Sat., Feb. 23rd Orlando, Fla. Disney W W Sports Grass/outdoors
Sat., March 1st Atlanta, Ga. Westlake High School Turf/outdoors
Sun., March 2nd Pittsburgh, Pa. TBA Turf/indoors
Sat., March 8th Dallas, Texas Rockwall Sports Turf/indoors
Sat., March 15th Los Angeles, Calif. Long Bch Stadium Turf/outdoors
Sun., March 16th Oakland, Calif. TBA Turf/outdoors
Sat., March 22nd Charlotte, N.C. Charlotte Sports Center Turf/indoors
Sat., March 29th Columbus, Ohio Columbus Fieldhouse Track/indoors
Sun., March 30th Chicago, Ill. MAX McCook Center Turf/indoors
TBA Baltimore, Md. M&T Bank Stadium Turf/outdoors
Sat., May 3rd Houston, Texas Berry Center Turf/outdoors
Fri., June 7th Portland, Ore. Hillsboro Stadium Turf/outdoors
Fri., June 13th Salt Lake City, Utah Westminster College

So if you are a high schooler get signed up, get training and get The Combine Freak (

Train Hard,
Mike Gough
PS: Don't wait to prepare, start today.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Build Recovery for Football Combine Training

This morning I was working with two athlete preparing for the upcoming Nike Combines. It was their first training session with me so I evaluated them and worked them out.

They were expecting to learn the nuances of the combine tests, but they were far from any condition to start technique training. Let me tell you why...

In order to properly train technique for the combine tests, you have to have a high level of conditioning. You need this becasue in order to execute proper technique and to establish proper muscle memory, you need to be fresh for each rep.

This way you will get the most out of your training sessions and ensure that you are not repeating bad technique and learning bad habits.

Also I have found that athletes need high levels of body awareness and co-ordination to pick up the key technique concepts needed to perform the combine tests properly.

So be sure that you condition your body to maximize your football combine technique training. You will see fast results when you can repeat rep after rep without fatigue hindering your training.

To get the how to's and secrets I teach all of my athletes heading to the NFL Combine, get your hands on my new DVD "The Combine Freak"

**Get your copy right here: **

In this DVD, I will show you how to drastically improve your football combine performance.
So many athletes are improvong their times, jumps and reps... So be sure you are in on the secrets that is making the difference with them so you are not left in the dust!

Again here is the link:

Train Hard,

Mike Gough