Tuesday, September 30, 2008

40 Yard Dash Training Tip

If you are trying to lower your 40 yard dash time, you probably want to start focusing on your acceleration. The acceleration off the start is often the first area where athletes need practice. Having the proper acceleration angle along with the proper arm action will allow you to gain more speed earlier in the 40 yard dash.

One drill I like to use is the wall drill. Be sure to perform this exercise with the feet back and drive the knees to the chest. Maintain a 45 degree angle through your torso, hips and legs. Watch this video below of the drill performed at my training facility by Lorenzo Booker of the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Adrian Peterson Workout Program

Yesterday I read the article on Adrian Peterson's workout routine in this month's Muscle & Fitness. AD's story is great one of growing up with no money, his brother dying when he was 9, his other brother dying hours before he ran his 4.40 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine, and his dad being in jail for 10 years. Talk about adversity.

If you have been through all of Adrian Peterson has been through, you must have a desire inside to be the best. Adrian does. He loves to train and want to be the best. According to the article, his strength coaches say he the one everyone else looks to. He is a leader. He leads by his work ethic. Lessons we all can learn from.

He talked in the story about training when he was young. Speed training by performing sprints with a tire dragging behind him, squatting with a pipe with a water jug attached to each end, running and doing lunges up and down the biggest hill he could find.

This shows you that if you want it bad enough you will find a way to make yourself the best.

I have a similar outlook with the athletes I train. I put everything I have into making them the best they can be. When I created the Combine Freak DVD I wanted it to be the best combine preparation DVD on the market. I wanted to provide you everything I know and hold nothing back.

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Train Hard!


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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Football Combine Training TRX Style

If you have not seen the TRX suspension training system then you are definitely losing out on a great piece of trianing equipment that is portable and worth every cent.

While you can train pretty much any part of the body, for football combine training I put the guys through the Sprinters Starts which aid in the explosion out of the start of the 40 yard dash. Also I perform several posterior chain exercises such as hamstring curls and scorpions. Finally it is a great tool to develop dynamic core strength.

Here is a video of my friend and collegaue Todd Durkin who is putting several others through
TRX All-Star Workout.





As you can see the TRX is a great device to add to your training program. Click here to go to the
TRX website to see the other exercises you can perform with the TRX Suspension System.

Train Hard!

Mike Gough
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Monday, September 08, 2008

Terrell Owens 40 Yard Dash Start

Hopefully you witnessed Terrell Owens TD catch yesterday against the Browns. I could not wait to see his celebration.

This time he pretended to warm up then get ready to run a 40 yard dash or 100m then got into the start stance. It was pretty funny, so funny it cost the cowboysa 15 yard unsportsmanlike penalty.

Owens is a freak who dominates his position and has toned down his off the field antics. Lets see what he does next week.

If you want to learn my 40 yard dash start technique, hop on over to www.combinefreak.com to see how I do it.

Train Hard!

Mike Gough
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Friday, September 05, 2008

Football Season Kickoff Tent Sale!

I was so excited last night to watch the kickoff of the 2008 NFL season. I am so pumped for Sundays that this weekend I am throwing a huge Football Season Kickoff Tent Sale!

You know I never offer specials on my training manuals and Speed Tools gear, but I want to share my excitement for the 08 season.

Take advantage of 20% off by using the code NFL08 in the coupon code box on the checkout page. This special will last through the end of Monday Night Football.

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The Combine Freak makes the Buffalo Bills

On Saturday night I got a call from one of my clients who told me that his dream of playing in the NFL has come to fruition. Jon Corto had made the Buffalo Bills.

For those of you that don't know Jon, Jon is the Combine Freak who appears in my Combine Freak DVD (http://www.combinefreak.com/). Jon is a beast, freak, and most importantly a great human being.

It meant alot to me that he called Saturday to tell me that he would not be where he is today if it were not for the two months he spent with me in 2007.

His story below should be motivation to all athletes to live their dream and worktowards goals they set for themselves.
It was Christmas Eve 2006, 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, his name was Jon Corto and he came in on the 26th to workout with me. He said he was from a small school and played LB and by looking at his game film I felt he had the athletic ability to play at the NFL level. 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.

He was willing to coninuing playing anywhere he could. He told me he would play Arena, CFL, or in the NFL if he could.

Jon decided to stay down in Florida for 8 weeks at his parents and dedicate himself to making the NFL or any other level of professional football. 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 his 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 last year then got cut and resigned after the season. This year his goal was to make the 53 man roster. He started camp as a safety but in a pre-season game in Toronto he was moved to linebacker where he had the coaches heads spinning. He has not looked back from there and Saturday his dream came true when he made his hometown team, the team he grew up dreaming of playing for.Not bad for a guy who told me that he just wanted to see what he could do and that he would play anywhere. 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, work as hard as possible to reach it! And let the Combine Freak help you get there.


Train Hard!

Coach Mike Gough
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Usain Bolt... Who says tall athletes are slow? 40 yard dash lessons...

The past couple of evenings I have watched Usian Bolt sprint some serious fast times on the track at the Beijing Olympics. Or should I say jog... He makes it look so effortless.

Bolt set a world record of 9.69 sec. in the 100m and let up with a couple of yards to go. Now that is fast!

What is so special with Usain Bolt?

Well for starters he is one of the taller sprinters ever to post times like he has. At 6'4" and 200 lbs. Bolt is a unique athlete compared to most other sprinters that are usually on the shorter side.

What can we learn from this for the 40 yard dash?

I often hear coaches and athletes say that tall athletes pop straight up and are not as fast as their shorter counteparts. Well, Bolt's performance in Beijing proves that tall athletes can be fast.
In watchng and studying the video, his stride length far exceeds his competitors. His stride frequency is just as fast as the others... This is a recipe for speed. As Ato Bolden said on tv, Bolt is a FREAK!

So if you are tall and feel you need to work on your speed, use your stride length to your advantage. Work on your flexibility, power and explosiveness. Often tall athletes lack proper acceleration technique, so work on firing out lower out of your start then using that great stride length when you are finishing your acceleration phase and reaching top speed.

On of the best devices I use with my taller athletes is my Speed Tools Speed System (http://www.speedtoolsusa.com/speed-system.php) This has everything you need to become fast. A speed resistor to work on your acceleration, a speed chute to work the top speed phase and a side stepper ankle tubing to work on your hips and stride. What more could you want?

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Train Hard!

Mike Gough
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Saturday, August 02, 2008

40 Yard Dash Shoes Revisited

I posted this a while ago, but wanted to remind you about these new cleats. Several of my clients have been wearing these cleats during training here in Florida with great success. So whether you are running a 40 yard dash or you are looking for a pair to wear on game day, I highly suggest these new cleats. They are light and have one of the best traction footplates I have seen.

I am always searching for the latest and greatest items that will help you kick asss on combine day. You need to listen up and check these out!The New Nike Vapor Jet 4.2 cleats are now available. As you know I always preach that the shoes play a big part in yor success in the 40 yard dash, and Nike has got it spot on with this new model. 10oz. that scream speed and a fast 40 yard dash time.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

How to Recruited for College Football

If you are a high school athlete, parent or coach and want to get exposure then follow these tips!

This week one of my athletes got back from a bunch of one day camps at schools like Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Auburn, Syracuse and Louisville. This athlete, Damien Copeland is a WR at Palmetto High School who runs great routes and has sure hands.

He is a senior to be, and had moderate interest before the spring football season. Damien last year went to Auburn and ran a low 4.6 sec. 40 yard dash. This year he clocked the fastest 40 yard dash time at the Florida, Auburn and Georgia camps were he ran 4.42, 4.43 and 4.43. He jumped 40" at the Florida camp in bare feet and wowed them with his route running. He is already qualified academically so schools know he is ready to go.

He verbally committed to Lousiville on Sunday after getting several offers after his performances at these camps. So what can we learn from his successes?

Here are some tips I have to seperate yourself and get some serious scholarship looks.

#1 - Work Hard and have a good positive attiude. What you put into it you will reap the rewards.

#2 - Have good film showing all facets of your game. Get your film together and have it ready to send out. Perform on the field!

#3 - Test off the charts! Football is all about speed. Teams recruit speed, power and explosive players. Make sure you test well and get coached up on the tests (check out my DVD http://www.combinefreak.com/) as they will test you like it is the NFL Combine!

#4 - Try to attend as many of these invite only camps schools have during the summer to evaluate the athletes they are seriously interested in. Get your coach to call these schools to get you in.

#5 - Get your academics in order. Too often I see too many good athletes end up no where becasue of poor grades. Do well in school, college coaches love kids that are qualified.
So there you have it, if you can check mark each of these five things then you are well on your way to becoming highly recruited. Keep working hard on the field, in your training and in the classroom.

If you want testing numbers like Damien had, follow all my secrets in my Combine Freak DVD. You can check it out at http://www.combinefreak.com/ . It worked for Damien, let it work for you!

Train Hard!
Mike Gough
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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Speed Training Tips for Elite Athletes

The summer is here! And the clock is ticking on your summer training. Whether training for the 40 yard dash or football domination, let me help you be the quickest, fastest, most agile athlete.

What are you doing to make yourself faster this summer? Here are a couple of tips to help you improve your speed this summer.

Tip 1. Train Acceleration! Football is all about quick cuts and the ability to accelerate out of a change of direction. This is what makes the difference. To improve acceleration try doing resistive sprints with a Speed Resistor. Also try performing leg drives against a wall. When training for acceleration make sure that you have forward body lean.

Tip 2. Stretch! The most overlooked aspects among younger athletes is stretching. Specifically the hip flexors. Often the hip flexors are either tight, weak or both. The more flexible the hip flexors the more power can be generated, and enhanced acceleration will be the result of a dedicated stretching program.

Tip 3. Train Top End Speed! Once you have an opening, do you lack a second gear to run away from the other team? If you do you need to enhance your top end speed. Once acceleration is over and top speed has been acheieved how long can you maintain your top speed? Try enhnacing it with Speed Chute Sprints performing some flying 30's with the Speed Chute around your waist. This will develop your stride and top end speed.

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

40 Yard Dash Arm Mechanics

One of the common errors I come accross when trying to teach an athlete the proper technique for the 40 yard dash is arm action. Too often I see athletes that run by flapping their arm like they are in a karate class.

You see, this is wasted movement, it does not propel the body forward, it does nothing but waste time and energy.

The proper movement for the arms is to swing from the shoulder joint with the arms bent at a 90 degree angle travelling from the hip to the eye. The hands should be open, and the athlete should think of firing their rear delt and the opposite front deltoid muscle when running.

This is the most efficient and effective way to move the arms for 40 yard dash improvement.

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Scout Camp Elite Combine Preparation Camp May 30-June 1

For those attending the Scout Camp SC Elite Combine (http://www.combines.com/) I am offering you an invitation to my SC Elite Preparation Camp. The Camp will fully prepare and polish each athlete for the Elite Combine held June 13-14, 2008 in Costa Mesa, CA.

My Preparation camp will be held May 30-June 1 at my training center in Bradenton, Fl. The schedule will prepare the athlete for the additional tests that will be included at the SC Elite such as the three cone. broad jump in addition to the other combine tests.

The camp will include a training session on Friday PM, two sessions Saturday, and one session Sunday AM. Athletes can fly out Sunday PM. Athlete will receive hands on training and instruction with a combination of on field and facility training.

There is limited availability for this camp to the first 8 athletes.

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Friday, May 09, 2008

A New 40 Yard Dash Shoe

I am always searching for the latest and greatest items that will help you kick ass on combine day. You need to listen up and check these out!

Last week I got a package in the mail from Nike with their new Nike Vapor Jet 4.2 cleats.
I was already a big fan of their shoes but now I am even more impressed. These shoes are perfect.As you know I always preach that the shoes play a big part in yor success in the 40 yard dash, and Nike has got it spot on with this new model. 10oz. that scream speed.

Now a tip... get a pair of these as fast as you can... becasue they have a limited stock right now with more to come in the late summer. These have just been released and as you can imagine will sell fast. You will want to own a pair of these!

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

40 yard dash - # Steps for 10, 20 and 40 Splits

Things are starting to heat up here in Florida, both the temperature (85+ degrees) and training is heating up as we are getting some awesome results with our programs. My clients are getting big, fast, quick and exposive! Alot of the gains we have been getting can be attributed to my Speed Tools Training System .

(Get a FREE Stretching Rope and Stretching program FREE with the purchase of my Speed Tools Training System). Build Explosive power and lightning fast speed with these great training tools. Now on to today's tip...

Is there a correlation between your 40 yard dash time and the number of strides taken for the 40 yard dash?You better believe it. After breaking down the video from this years NFL combine there is a strong correlation between the specific numbers of strides taken in the 40 yard dash and the times clocked. In my
COMBINE FREAK DVD I share with you the specific number of strides for the 10, 20 and 40 yard splits. These numbers are right on line with faster times posted at the NFL Combine. So the long and short of it is that stride length and the number of strides taken are integral to a good 40 yard dash.

So if you are taking to many strides you are adding time to 40 yard dash time.

Many of you have contacted us about a training program for this summer to help you get ready for this coming football season. Without a doubt, My Training For The NFL Program is a surefire way to get ready this summer. Now I am going to warn you, this program is only for those that want to be pushed to their limits and become the best.Thats the way I roll, I want every one of my clients to be the best athletes out there!


Train Hard!

Coach Mike Gough
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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Are your hips limiting your 40 Yard Dash time?

I have been getting alot of e-mails from parents and athletes who have one common problem with their 40 yard dash.They all say that their running stride is two short during acceleration, taking far too many strides. Looks like they are "Scootching" as one parent described it, "he is running but not going anywhere".
I see this problem alot, and this problem is a result of the lack of hip flexion. When the athlete runs, flexion and extension are the keys to acceleration and sprinting in general. Many athletes may think that it is weak hip flexors, and it might certainly be. But most commonly it is the lack of flexibility not strength, in the hip flexors and a lack of posterior chain strength.

One of the first stretches I show my athletes is the psoas stretch which we perform with our Speed Tools Stretch Rope (Get the Rope and Stretching program FREE with the purchase of my Speed Tools Training System). This Active Isolated stretching technique will open the hip flexors up to allow greater range of motion. This will allow to open up freely and the athlete will be able to accelerate.
Once the psoas muscle has been opened up, a solid posterior chain program needs to be performed. Reverse Hyper Extensions, Single leg RDL, Glute ham raise are examples of exercises that can be done to strengthen the chain.

Trust me, if you address both of these elements you 40 yard dash time will drastically improve.

If you are looking on how to run a great 40 yard dash and have a knockout combine performance get your hands on my Combine Freak DVD.

Keep Sprinting!
Coach Mike Gough


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Friday, May 02, 2008

CFL Draft Domination

Wednesday was a special day for me. For the second straight year I had one of my clients selected 1st overall in the CFL Draft. In total 16 of my boys were selected over the 6 round draft.

Dylan Barker a safety was picked 1st overall. This kid has everything you need to be successful, the physical tools, intelligence, confidence and the desire to be the best. If you want to acheive you peak as an athlete these are all qualities which you must have.

Another interesting athlete who was picked in the first round was Samuel Giguere. Sam is a WR who signed as a free agent after the NFL Draft with the Indianapolis Colts. Sam clocked a 4.49 40 yard dash and a 42" vertical jump at the CFL Combine. He has all the tools like Dylan Barker to have a long successful professional career.

If you want to be the best you can be you need to be doing the right training and exposing yourself to the right people.

Train your ass off.

Go to a Combine.

Live your dream.

Dominate on the field.

Keep training hard. If you are looking for a great training system to use to take your game to the next level, get the Speed Tools Training System http://www.speedtoolsusa.com/total-training-systems.php

Train Hard!
Mike Gough
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PS: Check out my blog http://nflcombinetraining.blogspot.com/ as I have posted Rocky Schwartz's Pro Day Video. You will want to see this!!!!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Top NFL Scout Speaks!

If you are close to the NFL Scouting circles then you have heard this name CO Brocato, the longtime NFL scout with the Tennessee Titans.

CO is a legend in the scouting circles, and has been a traiblazer in the profession. CO created the L Cone drill as a test of multi directional change of direction.

I recently watched an interview with CO. What he said all of us, whether athletes at the high school or the college level should listen closely to and follow, as he certinly knows what he is talking about.

The main point I took away from this interview was when he was asked what is the most important trait a football prospect should have.

He said without hesitation "SPEED". He said that speed is the key factor. Also the athletes ability to change direction and football skills. This should tell you alot about where your training emphasis should lie.

Speed Kills as some say. Speed will help you make the next level.

If you want to add more "Speed" to your game you need to get my Speed Tools Speed Sled.

A heavy duty training sled, that you can put olympic plates on and do various drills to build your speed. Forward accelerations, backpedal pulls, crossover starts, no arms sprints, and upper body sled pulls are just some of the exercises you can do with this multifaceted piece of training equipment. All at a very reasonable price.

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Believe me, CO Brocato has tested thousands of athletes trying to make the jump to the NFL. He knows his stuff. Speed is King.

Train Hard!

Mike Gough
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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Are you ready for Spring Football?

Here in Florida we are a month away from high school Spring football starting up. Recruiting for the 2008-09 year believe it or not has begun. So spring ball will be big for the to be seniors to show their stuff.

I have been hard at work with my guys down here preparing for spring ball. I have been using alot of my drills and exercises found in my Training for the NFL program (http://www.procombinetraining.com/Training_for_the_NFL.php).

The position specific drills in the program have been intense for the athletes as we are ramping up for May 1. These position movements are a sure fire way to get your anaerobic conditioning ready for practice.

Also, I have been using my Speed Tools ankle tubing, for a great hip series that will make you more explosive and have quicker lateral movement skills. If you have yet to get this inexpensive training device, you can right here (http://www.speedtoolsusa.com/pro-leg-toner.php)

I will post the ankle tubing hip series on my blog this week.

These drills will get you ready for Spring Football, so you are the fittest, fastest, and quickest athlete on the field.

**Summer Training Camps**
Our summer training camps are beginning June 1st. If you are interested in getting the edge and devloping the athlete within, contact me for more information on my camps. These are offered to Pro, College and high school athletes.

This summer we also are offering at home training programs which utilize our Speed Tools Training System (http://www.speedtoolsusa.com/total-training-systems.php).

Train Hard!

Mike Gough
www.procombinetraining.com
www.combinefreak.com
www.speedtoolsusa.com

PS: Get fast with my Speed Tools training equipment, our speed ladders and speed resisitorss will help lower your 40 yard dash time, Check it out at www.speedtoolsusa.com

Monday, March 24, 2008

Reactive Speed Ladder Drills

Just a quick one today... Instead of your normal ladder drills, try using the ladder with either voice or directional cues.

Start down the ladder performaing a pattern, lets say the Ickey Shuffle, as you are progressing down the ladder doing the pattern your coach or training partner will say or point backwards.

Then perform the Icky shuffle backwards. then he will give a forward command and so on.
Try to have a clean transition witht he feet when changing from front to back, continue this for 15-20 sec. and tray three sets per pattern.

This is a very dynamic drill that you can do almost anywhere.

If you don't have a speed ladder yet, check out my Speed Tools Ladder (http://www.speedtoolsusa.com/agility-ladder.php) This is the ladder that all my guys train on down here.

To get your hands on one of my Speed Ladders so you can start putting it to work to improve your footspeed click this link
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Train Hard,
Mike Gough
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Friday, March 21, 2008

Is the NFL Combine Joke?

Right now around the country everyday, draft eligible prospects are being tested at their respective schools for what we call "Pro Day".

I have been analyzing the results from these pro days, and comparing it to the test results from the NFL Combine. And let me say this, there are some serious discrepancies.

Here are two examples: Vernon Gholston of Ohio State has been shooting up the draft boards. At the NFL Combine he ran a 4.67 40 yard dash, at pro day he clocked a 4.58. At the NFL Combine he had a 35.5" vertical, at his pro day a 42". That is a 6.5" difference.

Here is another example Ben Moffitt, the USF linebacker whose vertcial was 32.5" at the NFL Combine and 37.5" at his pro day. On and on it goes.

So why are the results better at pro day than at the combine?

I think the NFL has made the NFL Combine such a high stress event that the athletes are fatigued after a day of travel, two days of poking and prodding by medical staff, and lack of sleep. By the time their last day (testing day) rolls around, a peak performance can be tough to achieve, thus the better results on pro day.

Just something to think about.

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Train Hard!

Mike Gough
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CFL Combine Domination 2008

I was in Toronto over the weekend to prepare athletes for the CFL Scouting Combine. And to sum up the results in one word I would use 'domination' to describe what we accomplished for the second straight year.

In two and a half hours, I taught them everything they needed to know to perform there best. I pretty much took my Combine Freak DVD(http://www.combinefreak.com/) and taught them all the little technique cues that are vital to knockout combine performance.

I didn't get the opportunity to have these guys down here in Florida, but each guy recieved my Speed Tools Training System (www.speedtoolsusa.com/total-training-systems.php), my Secrets of Combine Training Program (http://www.procombinetraining.com/Secrets_of_Combine_Training.php) and my Combine Freak DVD (http://www.combinefreak.com/). I monitored their progress through e-mail and phone. This is an awesome training combination for complete combine preparation.

On testing day the results were astonishing. Several athletes I had prepared had first place results in many of the tests. The fastest 40 and shuttle of the whole event were run with my techniques. As were the Vertical and Broad Jump. As I said we dominated.

Notable standouts were Samuel Giguere, Dylan Barker, Shea Emry, and Daryl Stephenson

I was impressed with the athletes and how quickly they were able to absorb the information and put it into use.

You see if you are training with the right techniques, equipment and program, and understand the key concepts you too can achieve the results that I had this weekend in Canada.

Thats all for now,

Mike Gough
NFL Combine Training Expert
http://www.procombinetraining.com/

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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

How to Dominate a Football Combine

Do you want to know how to dominate the NFL Combine, NFL Pro Day, or Nike / SPARQ Combines? Here are some quick bits to chew on that will lead you in the right direction.

The best place to start is to have a success plan in place. Map out each test and master the technique for each specific test.

Figure out your specific strengths and limitations of each and every test. Attack your limitations. Make notes, be a student of the tests.

Study video of you performing the tests. Watch for technique errors and correct them (I offer video analysis consulting to help you fix your issues, e-mail me for more information)

Focus on each test individually and do not let one test negatively impact the other.

Be prepared with the right footwear to allow you to achieve success. Footwear is so crucial to testing performance.

Visualize yourself performing the tests with proper technique which will lead to perfection.

These are just some of the success keys I teach my clients. For more of these tips check out my Combine Freak DVD http://www.combinefreak.com/

Train Hard!

Mike Gough
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http://www.combinefreak.com
http://www.speedtoolsusa.com/

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

40 Yard Dash for Cash

By ROGER MOONEY
rmooney@bradenton.com

You start running and stride, stride, stride, stride, stride . . . you are finished.

From here to there, a distance of 40 yards. Doesn't seem far, and it really isn't, unless you are the one running and you are running inside a domed stadium in front of NFL coaches, general managers and even the occasional team owner.

"It can be intimidating," Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Barrett Ruud said. "So much is at stake."

A slow one, and by slow think 5 seconds, can knock a prospect off a draft board. Five seconds. A fast one, and you are golden. Run in the mid- to low-4s, and you can get that house with the swimming pool and the indoor basketball court and small theater you've always wanted.

Fabian Washington ran a blazing 40 at the 2005 NFL Scouting Combine inside the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, burning up the turf in 4.28 seconds, a time that transformed the Bayshore High product from a projected second-day pick into the 23rd player selected in the 2005 draft and an instant millionaire.

Washington's combine run is legend around Manatee County.

Mike Jenkins has it on a DVD and watches it often. "That's probably one of the prettier runs I've ever seen," Jenkins said. "I've never seen anyone start like that. He just jumped out of the blocks and kept it going." Out of the blocks and all the way to the bank.

Jenkins, the Southeast High and South Florida standout, is one of the top cornerbacks in this year's draft, ranked either first or second depending on who is doing the ranking. He, along with cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Lakewood Ranch/Tennessee State) and safety Nehemiah Warrick (Bayshore/Michigan State) are at the combine, which started Thursday and ends Tuesday.

The trio will run Tuesday. They know what's at stake. "I know if I run a real low 40 it can really raise my stock," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "I think about that a lot."

The players participate in other tests of speed at the combine, shuttle and cone drills, but none carry the importance of the 40.

"It definitely can help. It's not going to hurt you," said Tom Shaw, who runs Tom Shaw Performance Enhancement at Disney's Wide World of Sports, a camp designed to get prospects faster for the combine. Jenkins and Rodgers-Cromartie spent the past two months working out with Shaw and about 40 other NFL hopefuls.

Warrick worked out in Atlanta alongside Kenny Phillips from Miami, who is considered the top safety in the draft. "He's running times that should boost his stock," said Kevin Conner, Warrick's agent.

For a safety, an above average time in the 40 is between 4.53 and 4.55 seconds. The average for a cornerback is 4.4. "Run an exceptional time and you will be compensated," Conner said. The emphasis placed on the 40 varies from team to team.

The Raiders, who selected Washington, love speed. "They may have an Olympic track team," Shaw said. "They recruit speed everywhere."

The New England Patriots are not quite as enamored with 40 times, according to Shaw, who was the Patriots' strength and conditioning coach on their three Super Bowl championship teams."(Patriots coach) Bill Belichick believes that if you have a guy who runs 4.6 at the NFL Combine in 70-degree conditions on FieldTurf in an enclosed building, when it's 30 degrees, that 4.6 turns into a 4.8. So you have a DB who runs 4.8, now he's a 4.8 guy," Shaw said.

Besides, it's tough to determine just how fast a player runs in Indianapolis. Players run the 40 twice, and they are timed by two stopwatches and an electronic timer that is started by hand. It's not the most scientific measure of a player's speed. Still, every team receives all six times, and it's up to the individual team to determine which is the most accurate - the fastest, slowest or an average of all six. Plus, coaches and scouts time the runners themselves from the stands.

And they also keep an eye on the shuttle drill, where the player runs five yards, changes direction and runs 10 yards and changes direction again to run five more yards.

Mike Gough, who runs Athletic Edge Sports Performance Conditioning in Bradenton, said this drill is every bit as important as the 40. "Teams want to see a blend of speed and quickness," Gough said.

A good shuttle time should be four-tenths of a second faster than the player's time in the 40. "That gives them an idea that he has speed straight ahead and the quickness to match that," Gough said.

The fastest 40 time belongs to Bo Jackson, who ran a 4.12 in 1986, when the combine was held at the New Orleans Superdome and the timing was done by hand. Deion Sanders was credited with running a 4.2 in 1989, but some believe it was closer to a 4.28, which doesn't seem like much of an adjustment, unless you are the person compiling a draft board.

"There is a big emphasis on the 40-yard dash because it shows explosiveness," Conner said. "Is it overemphasized? Yes. Can it help you? Unequivocally. Run an exceptional time, and it forces teams to say, 'Wow.' "

But it takes more than "wow" to land in the first round. Rondel Melendez of Eastern Kentucky ran a 4.24 in 1999 and still lasted until the seventh round when the Atlanta Falcons finally called his name.

"You still have to get kids who can run fast, but they still have to be good football players," Shaw said. "You might give up a tenth of a second to get a better football player." Jenkins knows he can stay at the top of the draft with an impressive 40 on Tuesday, he said he can do better than the 4.4 average for his position.

Still, even he knows a fast 40 time has a downside. "You go out there and run a great 40, a fast 40, and a lot of guys think that makes you a good player, when actually it may be a 4.5, 4.6 guy who is an awesome player, but he doesn't get that recognition because he ran a 4.6," Jenkins said.

"It's good and bad, but I don't think that's anything I have to worry about or Dominique has to worry about or anyone else coming out of our area has to worry about, because we produce speed. I don't know why. Maybe it's something in the water."

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

NFL Combine Results

If you are looking for the results of the 2008 NFL Combine we will post them as soon as we get our hands on them, or are wondering how these athletes get the results they get, check out www.combinefreak.com .

Enjoy the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine.

Combine Shoe Selection

I can't tell you how important the right shoes are for each combine test.

Last week I had two athletes come into train for their pro day. I started teaching them the my techniques for the agility tests. The were slipping and sliding trying to execute the proper technique... But they couldn't... It was frustrating!

I told them they needed to get three different types of shoes for various tests. They said "we wear soccer shoes, we wear them to play in as well". I said my pitch to them that there times would come down one to two tenths with the right shoe. They did not believe me.

Two days later we were back on the field working through technique and there they were with their soccer shoes on. They were slipping around again. Finally one of my other athletes' got frustrated watching them slip and took off his shoes and let one of them wear them. After performing a near flawless L-Cone, running a personal best, the athlete looked at me and smiled and said "you were right, I need to get a pair of these".

I tried to tell them, but sometime people are stubborn and want to make the learning curve even longer.

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

NFL Combine Week

Well all the preparation is just about done, tomorrow the finishing touches will be completed for the NFL Combine.

All those long days will be worth it when my guys hit the turf in Indy.

If you are preparing for a combine, are a trainer, or just purely interested in the NFL Combine make sure to watch the Combine on NFL Network starting Saturday.

When training for the NFL Combine, athletes preparation is twofold. Getting back into top condition through intense training, and test technique perfection. Both of these will lead to a great performce in Indy.

When watching the combine on tv watch each athletes technique on how they perform the tests. Watch the differences. Can you tell who trained with me?

After you watch my Combine Freak DVD, you should be able to see my techniques put forth. So become a student of the tests, it will improve your combine performance and make the NFL Combine watching more interesting.

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Train Hard!

Mike Gough
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http://www.procombinetraining.com/
http://www.combinefreak.com/

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Copyright, Athletic Edge Sports, LLC 2008

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Looking for a chance - Lakewood Ranch grad hopes to get noticed by the NFL

By ROGER MOONEY
rmooney@bradenton.com

LAKEWOOD RANCH --The NFL scouts would arrive at the University of Houston and ask to meet with some of the seniors and the names of those players would be posted on a bulletin board in the locker room. Every day Rocky Schwartz would check to see if his name was on the list, and every day he would walk away disappointed.

"It got me down a little bit, but it's fuel to the fire," Schwartz said.
His spirits dipped only slightly, because Schwartz is used to being overlooked.

It was that way during his senior year at Lakewood Ranch High, when as a quarterback, he drew only a handful of offers, and those came from Division I-AA schools. Still, when healthy, Schwartz was a starter at safety for Houston since his freshman season.

Now, after fighting back from a torn left ACL that robbed him of his junior year to lead the Cougars in tackles last fall, Schwartz finds himself again on the outside.

More than 300 invitations to the NFL Scouting Combine were recently mailed to draft-eligible players, but not one contained the name "Rocky Schwartz."

"You can look at it two ways," Schwartz said. "You can say, 'Shoot, nobody's looking at me.' Or you can look at it in a positive way and say, 'People aren't looking at me. I'm going to make them look at me.' "
Which is why if you peeked into the Athletic Edge Sports Performance Conditioning in Lakewood Ranch on Monday afternoon, you would have found Schwartz flat on his back with his legs in the air, pumping as if he were riding a bicycle.
"I need 100 of those," trainer Mike Gough said.
It was the final exercise of an intense 75-minute workout - his second of the day - aimed at preparing Schwartz for the Houston Cougars' pro day in March, where Schwartz will be timed, measured and graded by NFL scouts.
"I just want an opportunity to play," Schwartz said. "I just want somebody to look at me."
Right now, the 23-year-old Schwartz is considered a potential free agent, someone who could sign a contract after the draft's conclusion with no guarantee of lasting through minicamp.
At 5-foot-10, 200 pounds, Schwartz is considered too small for the NFL. With a time of 4.63 in the 40-yard dash, he is thought to be too slow.
"They always say he doesn't have the size or the speed, but when push comes to shove, he is always one of the better players on the team," said Schwartz's wife, Arielle.
The two have a son, Roderick Evan Schwartz III, better known as Trey, who turns 1 on Wednesday. The Schwartzes are expecting a second child in August.
Playing football at the highest level has always been a driving force in Schwartz's life. Now, he has more incentive.
"That has been my dream since, I don't know, as long as I can remember," Schwartz said. "Before I wanted to do this for myself. Now I'm doing it for my wife, my family. It's more than just me."
Trey is big for his age.
"He runs around like a lineman," Schwartz said.
"They are like two peas in a pod," Arielle said. "He's a total daddy's boy. When they're together Rocky becomes a little kid again. He sees Trey, and he just melts."
So Trey's dad presses weights with his legs and arms and runs up hill on a treadmill and does hundreds of crunches on the FieldTurf that covers the floor at Athletic Edge, all with the intent on lowering that 40 time.
"It is something he has a passion for," Arielle said.
But a job in the NFL is not the end all for the Schwartzes. Rocky graduated in December with a degree in sports administration and is taking online course toward a graduate degree. Arielle has degrees from USF in communication and business.
Schwartz said he would be content teaching phys ed and coaching high school football.
Still, for someone considered a tad shy of the prototype for an NFL safety, Schwartz managed to lead the Cougars with 103 tackles - 34 more than cornerback Kenneth Fontenette, who was second. Schwartz proved he can return from a major injury and play at a high level.
Just getting to Houston proved Schwartz can eventually find an open door. The Cougars weren't interested in Schwartz until Steve Cucci, a Southeast High grad who played tight end for Houston at the time, dropped some tape of Schwartz off with the assistant coaches.
And even then it took a couple players to flunk off the team before a scholarship opened up for Schwartz.
"When I first got there, I didn't even know if I could play with those guys, but then I went out there and realized I could," Schwartz said.
Schwartz sees guys he's played with and against in college now playing on Sundays, so why can't he?
"He's working so hard for the chance," Arielle said. "But if he doesn't make it, if it doesn't work out, I wouldn't be upset about it, because he tried his best."

Players hone their skills at Athletic Edge for NFL Combine

By ROGER MOONEY
rmooney@bradenton.com
LAKEWOOD RANCH --If you didn't see the words painted in the window, and from an angle you couldn't, then the pairs of football cleats drying in the sun on top of a few vehicles parked outside seemed a bit odd.

Two pairs on the roof of a white P.T. Cruiser.
One pair on the hood of black Grand Cherokee.
What the heck?

Ah, but then you see the words on the window: Athletic Edge Sports Performance Conditioning. You're in the right place.

Inside the doors you'll find 26,000 square feet of space dedicated to the conditioning of athletes, football players mostly.

"It doesn't look like much," Amobi Okoye said last year. "But then you don't need much. Just some weights and a place to run."

The weights and exercise machines line the walls. The grass field is found three miles down the road at Lakewood Ranch High and was a bit soggy Monday, hence the wet cleats.

Trainer Mike Gough's facility would never be confused with the larger training sites that are backed by high-powered agents. "I tell the guys if you're looking for something big don't come here," Gough said.
And still they come.

Okoye, a defensive tackle, trained with Gough last year and was taken by the Houston Texans with the 10th overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Joseph Addai, a running back, trained there in 2006 and was selected in the first round by the Indianapolis Colts.

This year's blue chip recruit among the eight college football players working out twice daily is Cody Wallace, a center from Texas A&M who will attend next month's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Wallace decided to train with Gough on the advice of Melvin Bullitt, a former Aggie, whose time at Athletic Edge helped earn him a free agent contract with the Colts.

"Melvin had a really good pro day after working out here," Wallace said. "We have everything you need here, and Mike pushes you really hard."

The Super Bowl will be played Sunday. It's the biggest game of the season, the one every college football player dreams of playing in once he completes the first steps, which is to get into an NFL camp and make the team.

Eli Manning will quarterback the New York Giants on Sunday, and some might remember Manning worked out at IMG in preparation for the combine after his senior year at Ole Miss.
Big facilities, small facilities, it doesn't really matter to NFL teams where you hone your skills as long as you have the skills they seek.

Okoye was right. Gough's gym looks like any other business in the industrial park off Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. Step inside, though, and it's nothing but sweating and grunting and dreams being forged by hard work.

On the walls up near the ceiling are frames containing a few NFL jerseys. There is one for Edwin Mulitalo, an offensive guard now with the Detroit Lions who lives nearby and comes by in the offseason, and ones for Okoye and Addai.

Addai left Athletic Edge for the draft and has since rushed for 1,000 yards in each of his two seasons in Indianapolis. He has also been to the Super Bowl, which he won last February with the Colts.

"Yeah, how about that," Wallace said looking up at Addai's jersey. "You know he's done some good things."

Thursday, January 24, 2008

How to Run a Fast Short Shuttle

The Combine Short Shuttle test is a test of agility, quickness and change of direction. Today I spent over an hour teaching my NFL Combine athletes the nuances of this test. There are so many details on how to run a fast time in this test we could be here for a long time. So much that this test technique took the longest of all tests on my Combine Freak DVD (http://www.combinefreak.com/)

Now let me share with you one tip that will help you shred time off your shuttle.

The tip is the pivoting of the inside foot when performing the shuttle turns. The inside foot needs to pivot or rip around in the direction you need to go. This helps open the hips in the opposite direction, increases the torque of the turn and ultimately allows for a quick crisp turn. So be sure to practice this tip and your times lower quickly.

I taught this last weekend to some high school athletes preparing for the NIKE Combines and they each took 2 tenths off there times following this technique tip alone. This is just one of many test technique tips that I can give you to shave time off your shuttle. For all my other secrets get my Combine Freak DVD by clicking here http://www.combinefreak.com/ .

Keep training hard!

Mike Gough
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Thursday, January 17, 2008

40 Yard Dash T-Drill

I just got off the field from my morning training sessions with my NFL Combine athletes. This week has been all about the basics, teaching them some of the basics for the tests including the 40 yard dash and getting them whipped into shape.

Today one of the tesching tools i use for the 40 yard dash start is the T Drill. I use field paint to mark a one yard straight line vertically out on front of the start line.

Then I get the athlete to measure their individual specific first stride length (as I teach you in my Combine Freak DVD http://www.combinefreak.com) and we mark that line as well. Where the two lines meet is where we get the first step to strike through.

That is an optimal first step. Straight ahead with the correct length for your specific limb length.
Trust me it works.

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Train Hard,
Mike Gough
http://www.speedtoolsusa.com
http://www.procombinetraining.com
http://www.combinefreak.com
PS: If you have not started to prepare for your football combine, start it today with my Combine Freak DVD (http://www.combinefreak.com)

Sunday, January 06, 2008

How Good is Speed Ladder Training?

Just how good is the speed ladder for your training? Well it is a staple of my training program here with my athletes. Let me tell you why...

With the speed ladder (http://www.speedtoolsusa.com/agility-ladder.php) you have to have body coordination, awareness, and the ability to get your feet moving quickly. In any sport the faster your feet are the better you will be able to read, react and separate yourself from the competition.

With young athletes through professionals the ability to move the feet while processing information (a thrown ball, recievers movements) is a knack within itself. The ladder will help you keep the feet moving and ultimately elevate your gsme.

When using the ladder the focus should be on keeping the hips low as this is a power position in which to react with power and acceleration when translated on the field.

To see what I mean check out this YouTube video I posted.



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Train Hard,

Mike Gough
http://www.speedtoolsusa.com
http://www.procombinetraining.com
http://www.combinefreak.com
PS: If you have not started to prepare for your football combine, start it today with my Combine Freak DVD (http://www.combinefreak.com)

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

40 Yard Dash Goals for 2008

With a new year comes new goals. What are your goals for 2008?

Last year I listed 5 things I wanted to accomplish in 2007, and I worked through that list until I accomplished all of them. You should do the same write them down then conquer them.

One of my main goals is 2008 is to help you get Fast. I want you to be the faster, quicker and the most exposive athlete around. I want to help you run the fastest 40 yard dash you have ever run.

Now how are we going to do this? Well through my e-mail and blog posts I will give you training tips that I use with my athletes that flat out get results. So stay tuned to each and every e-mail.

One surefre way to get fast is with my Speed Tools training gear. If you have yet to check out my new line of speed training products, then you are missing out. Check it out right here:

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

Now lets get after it in 2008!

Train Hard,
Mike Gough
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