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 ( 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

Train Hard,
Mike Gough

PS: If you have not started to prepare for your football combine, start it today with my Combine Freak DVD (

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( 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 (, my Secrets of Combine Training Program ( and my Combine Freak DVD ( 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

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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

Train Hard!

Mike Gough

PS: Get fast with my Speed Tools training equipment