Transforming Smoot Carter: Background Info

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Six Months Ago…
Smoot Carter contacted my company, Human Performance Consulting about6 months ago requesting a biomechanical analysis of his running mechanics. While this is a fairly common request, what made his situation unique was the fact that he was a baseball player who had a genuine interest in speed development and training. Most of our clients seeking a sprint analysis are track and field athletes or football players. In our pre and post-analysis conversations, it was obvious that Smoot was a bright kid. He had worked with quite a few other sport coaches in the past and had a good idea about how to train. From the video he submitted I could tell that Smoot had a decent amount of talent but his sprint mechanics were pretty poor. He was very impressed with his biomechanical analysis / report and in only two weeks following his biomechanical analysis he had cut 2tenths of his 60 yard dash time, lowering it to a respectable 6.92seconds.Update…
Smoot contacted me again seeking some individual training. An accomplished baseball player, he made the tough decision to leave the sport and try out track and field. The quantitative nature and lack of subjectiveness of track and field appealed to him. Seeing as he had turned down several collegiate offers to play ball just to see how fast, strong, and explosive he could be, the onus was on me to help him reach his potential. Right off the bat, we decided to take a long-term approach to his training. While I can help a potential NFL draftee prepare for the combine in 3-6 weeks, such a short training duration is certainly far from ideal and no way to prepare to reach one’s true potential. With this in mind, Smoot decided the best way to start things off was to leave his home in Virginia and make a week long trip down to Baton Rouge where I am based. Since Smoot is an active member of the ELITETRACK forum community and his story is so unique, I’ve decided to detail the training that I’ll be having Smoot do during his week in BatonRouge. Don’t worry, I won’t be turning this into some corny DVD an trying to sell it for $70.00. Instead, I’ll just give a detailed day-by-day description of the first week of Smoot’s transformation from a baseball player to a speed-power animal.

 

Mike Young

Mike Young

Founder of ELITETRACK at Athletic Lab
Mike has a BS in Exercise Physiology from Ohio University, an MSS in Coaching Science from Ohio University & a PhD in Biomechanics from LSU. Additionally, he has been recognized as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength & Conditioning Association, a Level 3 coach by USA Track & Field, a Level 2 coach by USA Weightlifting.
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@AthleticLab Owner. Fitness coach for @NorthCarolinaFC & @TheNCCourage. Former MLS Fitness Coach. Sport Scientist. Entrepreneur. Coach Educator.
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