Get FASTER. That is what athletes want. But 99% are doing it ALL WRONG. And here is why...
How fast can your athlete CURRENTLY run? About as fast as the engine allows it to go.
Maybe you have a Honda Accord. Maybe a BMW. Maybe a Ford F150 (sorry Chevy people).
Regardless of the kind of car you drive, it can only go as fast as it can go.
Put the pedal all the way to the floor, and it may top out at somewhere around 110 like my Hyundai Sonata (Note: I have never floored it nor have I ever gone 110, just guessing).
Can you guess one of the ONLY ways to get your car to go faster?
That’s right, a bigger engine.
If you currently have a V4, your car may go 110. Put a V8 in it, your car will likely be able to top out at 125, maybe 130 MPH.
An athlete’s running speed is predicated on the same principles as your car.
AND SO IS their:
- Hitting POWER
- Shooting POWER
- Throwing VELOCITY
- Swing SPEED
When talking with athletes it is mind boggling to me how many of them STILL think that the way to run faster, hit harder, throw with more velocity, etc... is to DO MORE!
Run more. Throw more. Hit more.
That is no different than saying you can make your car faster by driving it every single day.
The more likely result of running MORE is that your body wears down.
Putting a bigger engine in a car to produce a faster driving car (although I recommend sticking to the speed limit) IS TO building bigger muscles in your entire body to produce more force into the ground, thereby producing more SPEED!
Strength leads to speed, speed leads to enhanced performance, enhanced performance does lead to a higher degree of confidence and the belief that “I can hang with or even BEAT these guys!”.
Now you know that strength is the key to speed. However, there is a second issue to address.
1. Knowing how to transmit that strength into functional power and explosiveness using distinct movement patterns
2. You also need to ACCOUNT FOR MOBILITY RESTRICTIONS. A guy or gal with too much muscle and not enough sport specific MOBILITY to match it will undoubtedly end up injured, underperforming, and frustrated. (think of the bodybuilder who can't even wash his back in the shower)
If you KNOW your athlete has never learned how to transmit strength into functional power, and you KNOW they need more mobility and flexibility, you should message us. Info@pfpfit.com.
These things are not going to fix themselves. Let a professional help your athlete take their performance to the next level!
Dedicated to your athlete's success,
Coach Andrew Simpson