“I need to get faster.” OR, “I need to get my kid faster.”
I hear those phrases or something like them a lot, but they are said with such a blasé faire attitude like they can just go to the store and buy it in a can.
Improving your speed is much like improving your strength. It is going to take time for the body to get used to the training and grow from that training.
You also need a pretty detailed and well thought out plan given to you by someone who has developed speed in athletes before. Looking at drills on the internet and having your kid do them might not be beneficial if it isn’t applied right.
I can explain it as simple as this.
If I was a shooting coach and saw that you weren’t shooting the ball correctly, I might be able to see some flaws in your form and make suggestions to alter your shot. You might even be able to start shooting better right then and there.
You might go home and start shooting horribly again because you weren’t applying the change. So now you know you need to start shooting the new way in order to build muscle memory and starting correctly more consistently
But, the key point is you felt the correction in your form and saw the shots going in more consistently when you applied it.
You can’t really do that with speed or strength development.
If you currently lift 100 pounds in whatever exercise, but need to lift 125 pounds I can’t make a simple adjustment and suddenly your lifting 25 pounds more in a matter of minutes.
It will take consecutive weeks of training to allow your body to adapt to the increased stimulus before you will be able to accomplish the feat of strength you desire. Notice the phrase, consecutive weeks of training. Not once every so often.
Improving your speed is the exact same thing.
Sure, I can make a few mechanical corrections and it might improve your speed slightly just because you are moving more efficiently. But, if you are looking to improve by tenths of seconds for whatever short distance you are talking about – 10 yards, 40 yards, 60 yards – you need to do consecutive weeks of speed training in order for it to happen.
That’s it. End of story.
If you truly need to get faster (which, what athlete does NOT want that to happen), then the following needs to be considered:
- You need to understand there is no quick fix to this problem.
- You have to be willing to commit multiple consecutive weeks of training/coaching to “just get faster.” Multiple weeks meaning 8 weeks at the absolute minimum, but closer to 12-13+ to be realistic.
- You also need to be willing to do multiple speed AND strength sessions weekly. A lot of times they can be done on the same day, but you are looking at 2-3 sessions a week of each to increase your speed.
- If a portion of the training is not spent on correcting running mechanics then you need to find a new speed coach. Talk to me. I can help.
Some people still believe that you are either born fast or you are not. Some people have a genetic predisposition to be faster than others, but everyone can improve their speed.
You just have to accept that you will have to put in the proper amount of work or you will be wasting your time.