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Does the squat and deadlift improve sprinting speed? (Part 2)

In part #1 of my previous article, (see: Does the Squat and Deadlift Improve Sprinting Speed? Part 1), you saw the proof for exactly why both the squat and deadlift are very useful choices when the number one goal is to get faster.  Now, the next question that often arises is what kind of squat and deadlift will give you the most bang for your buck in the speed development department?  Lets first look at the squat.  Click on the link below to access a comprehensive scientific review compliments of Dr. Bret Contreras that evaluates a somewhat recent study from a researcher by the name of Swinton back in 2012 (1):   Related article: Traditional Squat vs Powerlifting Squat vs Box Squat (by Bret Contreras)…

Do the Squat and Deadlift Improve Sprinting Speed? [Part I]

  Do the squat and deadlift improve sprinting speed? Since I first entered into the speed training realm, there has always been some degree of debate amongst many professionals concerning whether or not the squat and or deadlift was necessary for increasing human running speed.  In this article we will explore several studies and sub-topics and find out whether or not this type of exercise is indeed essential for a sprinter or athlete.  Before I go on though, I want to be clear that I’m not advocating either of these 2 specific exercises as the be all end all to speed training, as there are several other elements that need to be a part of an athlete’s program in order to yield maximal benefit from…

Summer Sale Sneak Peak – Massive Savings

Our Summer Super Sale will begin on Thursday, July 20 and run through Sunday, July 23.  So here’s how it works: From Thursday 7/20 – Sunday 7/23, every Complete Track and Field program is on sale for 25% off when you use coupon code: CTFSUMMER.  HOWEVER: Each day of the sale we will be highlighting a specific event group/category where you can get up to 50% off our most popular individual programs and program bundles ON THAT DAY ONLY. For example, all Middle Distance programs will be 25% off all week. But, on Thursday, July 20, all Middle Distance programs will be 40-50% off for that day only. On 7/21, sale prices go back to 25%. If you’re in the market for programs addressing 600m – 1600m,…

4 Reasons to Attend This Strength & Conditioning Certification Course

UPDATE (August 3, 2015, 3:53 PM Eastern): The USTFCCCA Strength & Conditioning Certification with Boo Schexnayder is Sold Out!  We’ve reached our hard cap of 75 coaches and will no longer be accepting registrations.  If you’re one of the coaches who got in, we’ll be nerding out soon with many of the top area high school and college coaches! If you’re on the outside looking in, scroll down to save big on some of Boo’s best coaching programs. -LT ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The goal was to get 45 coaches registered for Boo Schexnayder’s T&F Strength and Conditioning Certification Course on August 22-23 at Bishop Hendricken HS in Warwick, RI. With 3 weeks to go, we’ve got 76 coaches registered and will no longer be accepting any entries….

Blizzard of 2015: Video Playlist

Where I live, there’s a blizzard happening. I can’t tell you how excited I am to shovel the 24+ inches of snow that has fallen. By excited, I mean I will cry myself to sleep tonight. Regardless, I thought I’d share a video playlist from my YouTube Channel. And by ‘I thought’, I mean I stole the idea from another coach. (Thanks Coach Bartlett!) The list contains a video or two covering each event group. Also, if you decide to purchase the programs affiliated with some of the videos, you’ll get 20% off when you enter Complete Track and Field coupon code: BLIZZARD   SPRINTS   How to Get Set Up in the Blocks to Ensure an Explosive ‘Zero Step’ Every sprinter needs to improve…

Contrast Training Methods for Sprinters

Before I dive into the details for why sprinters and athletes should utilize this type of training, I’m going to first define what it is exactly.  Contrast Training was first introduced to me by Louie Simmons at Westside Barbell.  This type of training involves a “contrast” or some source of variable resistance as you perform an exercise throughout a range of motion.  Bands and chains placed around the bar are the most common implements used to create this effect. Contrast Training addresses the concept of “Accommodating Resistance.”  Due to changes in the detail of movement throughout an exercise, the degree of difficulty or level of resistance working against us changes automatically.  I’m sure many are probably familiar with what I’m talking about.  Take the back…

You’re Fired Friday (Vol. 2)

It’s a New Year and I can’t think of a better time to release another installment of me indiscriminately firing people on the Interwebs, especially since coaches seemed to enjoy the first version. The theme of today’s episode: Professionalism, Status and the Ego If you start getting worked up, be sure to look over my left shoulder. Then post your comments below. – LT

3 NOT Track & Field Specific Programs I recommend (25% off, too!)

I implement a lot of coaching and training ideas and programs coming from *outside* of the world of track and field specific coaches and organizations. I think it’s important to branch out in order to get a different perspective from the ‘field and court sport’ and ‘strength and conditioning’ universe. One organization I’m proud to be involved with, promotes an excellent mission and creates phenomenal programs from outstanding coaches is the International Youth Conditioning Assocication (IYCA). Today I’m recommending three IYCA programs for you to consider. As part of their Cyber Monday sale, all of these programs are 25% off when you use coupon code THANKS at checkout.   1. Game Play Performance  Why I like it: Athletic development requires more than just relentless biomotor…

Top 4 Farmers Walk Handles Exercises

No Funding? No Problem! Homemade Training Equipment for Teams with Tight Budgets.   After the release of the first homemade training equipment article and video highlighting the use of sandbags to gain more strength, power, and explosive speed, a lot of emails and questions were sent from readers wondering about my mention of farmers walk handles in the video. After all, aren’t farmers walk handles only good for one thing? The answer might surprise you. Expensive, welded store bought farmers walk handles are usually good for one or two exercises. There is the suitcase deadlift where weight is loaded on to each handle and deadlifted off the ground (think of lifting 2 heavy suitcases at the airport) and of course, the farmers walk event. The…

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