Train Speed In or Training Speed Out

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Speed is the most precious of allthe biomotor qualities. It is dependent of fine motor control,coordination and explosiveness. That being said, training speed out ofsomeone is simply emphasizing the type of training that negates thosequalities. Speed and Endurance are at opposite end of the spectrum. Youcan train both, but not to the fullest extent of each at the same time.There must always be a thread of speed development work throughout aprogram in any sport. If you get too far away from speed then it ishard to get it back because it such a neural quality. The concept of“Training speed through endurance” is contradictory and basicallyfallacious. I conceptualize speed as an electric shock that excites thenervous system. For the middle distance and distance athlete and anysport that has an endurance component this is a good way to think aboutit. Use it wisely, do not overdue and remember that speed developmentmust have a foundation of good movement mechanics for optimaldevelopment.

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Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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