Tuesday, April 28, 2009

My NFL Draft Experience

Whew! What a weekend that was! Last Wednesday my wife and I travelled to New York City for the 2009 NFL Draft. This year was a special year for me as my client Eugene Monroe was invited by the NFL to be there. Eugene and his agent Sunny Shah of 320 Sports invited my wife and I up to take it all in.

We arrived Wednesday in the afternoon, settled into the hotel then went downstairs to see Eugene, and another one of my clients Josh Vaughn, a RB from Richmond. We met up with them later at a nightclub called TAJ where 320 Sports was having a pre draft party. It was a fun night and a pleasure to meet Eugene, family and friends.

Thursday and Friday we poked around NYC taking int he sights which was highlighted by a dinner at TAO. If you have never been to TAO you need to go there at least once, it is awesome.

Before I knew it the big day was here, we all met down in the lobby at 11am to get our credentials and tickets for the draft, then went to the westin to have a family and friends lunch with Eugene and all the other invited players put on by the NFL. After lunch we were shuttle to the Radio City Music hall for the draft to begin.

The atmosphere at the hall was awesome. There were crazy fans yelling running around with their teams jerseys on. It was cool to see ESPN's Mel Kiper, Todd McShay, Chris Berman, Chris Mortensen along with NFL Network's Mike Mayock, Jon Gruden, and other tv personalities. we found our seats and the draft started.

There was not much suspense for the first pick Matthew Stafford, as he had already reached a deal with the Lions. The 2nd pick was St.Louis whom I thought might take Eugene, but they passed and selected Jason Smith of Baylor. Then came the out of the sky picks of Tyson Jackson (Chiefs) and Heyward-Bey(Raiders) which threw a wrench into things. Then the Jets moved up for Mark Sanchez, and finally with the 8th pick Eugene was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

When the Commissioner made the selection and said Eugene's name I was very happy, excited and proud. He had worked so hard to make this happen, I was happy he had his family and friends there to share it with. He was speechless, excited and emotional. His journey for now is over. He has a new home in Jacksonville.

A new chapter begins this Thursday, when he has mini camp. Knowing Eugene, nothing will change he will still be the hard working, grinding athlete he has always been.

Later that night I was at dinner and I got a text that my other OT prospect Sebastian Vollmer was selected in the 2nd round by the New England Patriots. This is another great story as he was born and raised in Germany, and started this season as a Free Agent rated prospect. In my next post I will tell Sebastian's story.

Got to run, that's all for now.

Eugene Monroe selected 8th Overall at the 2009 NFL Draft

University of Virginia OT Eugene Monroe was selected 8th overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday. The 6'5" 309 lbs. freak trained with Mike Gough in preparation for the NFL Combine. Congrats to Eugene and his family.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Overspeed Training for Athletes

I am often asked if Overspeed sprints are a good way of developing speed. My answer is yes!

Overspeed sprints make the neuromuscular system fire faster than normal, this allows the body to perform movements like starts, change of direction and accelerations with quicker stride turnover. They can enhance your 40 yard dash time.

Here are two ways of overspeed training:
1. Run on a slight downhill grade.

2. Use a bungee cord to pull you into an accelerated sprint or backpedal.

Trust me, you should not soley perform just overspeed training drills outlined in my Pro Combine Preparation Manual. These should be included in a program along with resisted speed drills as well.

For athletes who find it difficult to accelerate and get the body firing off the start, adding overspeed training to your program may be the missing link.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

How to Get a Football Scholarship

Every year alot of my athletes that I work with secure football scholarships to some of the top football schools in the country. Florida, South Carolina, Ohio State, LSU, they all come calling.

Here is my recipe for getting a football scholarship:

1. Get good game film of you playing and make a tape of your highlights and two of your best games. Be sure to provide the complete game.

2. Train your butt off to test out well in the combine tests (use my Combine Freak DVD for preparation). Make sure you are running a fast 40 yard dash, and quick short shuttle, and a good vertical jump (Again get my DVD as I will teach you how to do this).

3. Get your coach to get you into a "One Day" Camp at a school that is a good fit for you. these one day camps are often invite only, and only a select number of prospects get invited to them. They will time you in the 40 yard dash, short shuttle, and vertical and do some positional drills... Based on this, if you perform well you might get an offer right then and there.

4. Get you SAT scores as high as you can as earlry as you can. There is one thing that makes a recuiter happy is to know that you are already qualified.

5. Work hard in the classroom, on the field and with your training.

If you follow these 5 steps you will be on the right track for securing a football scholarship.

Train Hard!
Mike Gough BSc, CSCS

Monday, April 13, 2009

Sled Training for Speed Enhancement with Athletes

One of the tools I like to use for speed and posterior chain development is sled training. I use the weighted sled alot with my athletes.

There are so many different ways you can use the sled. You can use it to developspeed and acceleration. When weighted, the athlete can get a great accelerationangle and learn to stride at this angle. This is very important in 40 yard dashenhancement.

With a proper forward body lean you are able to achieve a power triple extensionof the ankle, knee and hip joint allowing you to explode with each stride andaccelerate explosively. The sled makes this possible.

There are so many other drills you can do to develop not only speed andacceleration but strength and explosive power in the hips, hamstrings and glutes.

We do sled pushes and sled pulls both forward and backward.

Check out the sled's we use! They are easily portable. Get sled training now!

For a great 30 day speed program and 40 yard dash instruction, accelerate on overto Masteringthe40yarddash.com


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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Friday, April 03, 2009

40 Yard Dash Head Position

When I look at the 40 yard dash and especially the start position for the 40 one of the most common mistakes athletes make is their head position.

Often the head is up in the start position and then is up during the acceleration phase. This needs to be fixed.

See the 40 yard dash is a test ultimately of acceleration, and the body will gowhere the head goes. If the head is up the body will stand up off the start killing acceleration and leading to a poor performance. If the head is tilited downwards the body will have forward body lean, aiding in a powerful triple extension and greater accelration.

Also at what point does you head rise during the 40 yard dash? Video yourself running the 40 yard dash and watch your head position. It may be what is holding you back from clocking a fast time.

For more insight on head position for the 40 yard dash, check out my "Mastering the 40 Yard Dash" manual.

If you are interested how to improve your 40 yard Dash sprint on over to Master the 40 Yard Dash.

Remeber keep that head down to run your best!