13 Feb Lee Taft – Essentials Of Speed Development

(#275) Renowned speed coach and expert, Lee Taft, joins the show this week to discuss what everyone needs to know about how to develop speed.

Lee Taft, known to many as “The Speed Guy” is highly regarded as one of the top athletic movement specialists in the world. The last 30 years, he has devoted the majority of his time training multi-directional speed to all ages and abilities.

This is an extremely valuable episode for all athletes, coaches, and parents to learn from one of the most respected names in the area of speed training. This is a special session, as I’ve been a huge fan of the tremendous work by Coach Taft for several years.

You’ll discover many insights and training pearls in the episode this week.

Here’s some of what you’ll learn in the session:

  • How Lee got started with coaching speed?
  • Who he learned from? Lee’s top mentor
  • The #1 thing Lee did to learn and develop as a coach
  • Do naturally fast athletes need to learn to run?
  • Is speed training a missing component from youth sports?
  • Before training for speed, athletes must have what attributes?
  • How strength training works with speed training
  • Misunderstandings of speed and reactive training
  • Is there such a thing as a “False Step?”
  • What are the technical aspects of speed that can be taught?
  • Key mistakes to avoid when teaching speed
  • The neural process of learning…
  • The Reactive Tier System for speed – and how to use it
  • Do speed coaches generally agree or disagree on speed philosophies?
  • What do parents need to know about youth speed training?
  • Does Lee ever formally train his kids? (His interesting answer)
  • Why “no pain, no gain” is a bad decision
  • How Lee incorporates speed into a strength & conditioning program
  • A step-by-step example of a speed training session
  • The 3 primary things we train for
  • How long does it take to learn fundamentals of speed?
  • What resources Lee recommends for Parents? For Coaches?
  • Awesome actionable closing advice…
“There are people that are mentoring me and they don’t even know it. Find your board of directors.” - Lee Taft Click To Tweet

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“Everybody has a different gift in the profession. I’m able to see things really well.” - Lee TaftClick To Tweet

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Scott Iardella, MPT, CSCS is a strength coach, athlete, and former “physio” who’s mission is to help men and women, regardless of age or background, forge their best, strongest self. Scott is the author of the book, The Edge of Strength (available on Amazon).
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