An athlete’s training routine must be a comprehansive program. In the game of football as well as in most competitive sports, a player should have speed, strength, agility, quickness, explosive power, endurance, and the mental capacity to process what happens in a practice or game situation. Enhancing all of these qualities in a proper and effective manner must be done over an extended period of time within an intense training regiment, and must be planned out carefully. For a trainer to execute such a program, they should have the knowledge and field experience required to incorporate the drills that are necessary to enhance each of those qualities individually, as well as creating an athlete who can deliver the total package.
Coach Shaw has that knowledge and field experience. His program has been field tested and proven to have success for many athletes at every position, and across multiple sports. Coach Shaw’s training program is not a “trendy workout routine”. It is designed to make athletes better at their position, and within their sport. We don’t do 90 day body transformations. We don’t have a “magic pill” to make you jump higher, run faster, or look younger. What Coach Shaw has developed is a successful training program that will make you a better athlete, if you’re willing to put in the work. WE WILL work harder than anyone in the business, because we know that we have what it takes to deliver elite athletes. It’s what we do
QUICK START AND FLY: HOW TO GET OFF YOUR START AND ACCELERATE
Speed is the name of the game in football, and to train for speed you must focus on form and technique. This program was designed to help you improve your form, hone your technique and give you that quick-react start and acceleration you need for a lightening-fast 40 at the combines.
Use this program to prepare for your first combine, or as a part of your pre-season speed training.
Get in two workouts per week during the last six weeks of the off-season program or leading up to your combine. Technique drills can be done daily as part of your warm-up.
You’ll get the most benefit by focusing on your form and technique. That means running each rep only when you feel rested or “fresh.” This is not conditioning. A normal speed workout will last about 45 minutes.
BEFORE YOU START
Designed to pre-heat the muscles so that we can obtain maximum benefits from the pre-workout stretch. This can be simple jogging (i.e. 1/2 mile jog) or other light activities like jumping rope, form drills, back pedals, cariocas, hip swivels, skips, mountain climbers, striders, etc. This period should last 5-8 minutes.
Dynamic Warm Up
The goal is to prepare the muscles for the more dynamic work that will follow. Special emphasis should be placed on the quads, hams, calves, groin, glutes, and hip flexors. This period should last between 5-8 minutes.
Dynamic Flexibility Drills
Get ready for speed work – heel-to-butt, high knees, skipping, bounding. 5-8 minutes.
Further prepare for the workout and to focus on the specific components of sprinting.
QUICK START/REACTION TECHNIQUE DRILLS
These drills will improve your start technique and initial acceleration. Remember, start each rep feeling fresh. No dead legs!
How Come: Improve your start technique
Reps: 3-5 reps
- Start in a fingertip pushup position.
- Bring your legs under you and begin to run. Your goal is to drive outward and stay low.
- Your body angle should be about 30-40 degrees, with your shoulders well in front of your hips.
- You should feel like you have to take fast-driving steps in order not to fall over.
Know-how: Avoid standing up too quickly, which will rob you of forward drive and acceleration.
How Come: A resistance drill to help improve initial acceleration
Reps: 3-5 reps
- Work with a teammate for this drill.
- Have your teammate push against your shoulders while you lean forward 45 degrees (i.e. your body position after the first step).
- Run forward against the resistance provided by your partner for 4-6 steps, at which point your partner should release the resistance.
- You should keep running 10 to 20 yards.
Know-how: Resistance must be strong enough to force you to push down and back harder against the ground, teaching you to accelerate harder on the first several steps.
How Come: Improve your start technique
- Start laying face down on the ground.
- Have a teammate or coach say “go,” then jump to your feet and sprint about 10 yards.
Know-how: Emphasize staying low and leaning forward.
Ball Drop Starts
How Come: Improve your reaction and start technique
Equipment: Tennis balls
Reps: 5-8 reps
- Have a teammate or coach hold two tennis balls, one in each hand.
- You should be in a down stance, five yards away.
- Your partner will drop one ball.
- As soon as the ball is dropped, your goal is to sprint and catch the ball before it hits the ground a second time. Just one bounce!
Know-how: As you get faster, back up a yard at the beginning. This is an excellent drill to work on the sprint start and reaction.
This daily routine includes resistive running, assistive running, contrast training, and normal sprinting.
Always spend time doing normal running to benefit from the assistive and resistive work. You want to apply what you’ve developed in those drills.
20-40 Yard Sprints (up or down)
Sprint the prescribed distance from either a sprint start or a standing start. You might do this after the assistive or resistive drills so that you focus on a greater push and/or turnover to the natural stride. You might race with a teammate.
Gradually accelerate over a distance of 30-50 yards. This is a good exercise if you’re refining a particular technique, but want to maintain good mechanics at increasing speeds.
You’ll accelerate gradually for 20-30 yards, and then run through a specific distance (i.e. 10-30 yards) at maximum, all-out speed! This drill helps solidify top-end speed after assistive running.
Variable Speed Runs
Cover 100 yards as follows: jog 20 yards; sprint 20 yards; ease down 20 yards; jog 20 yards; sprint 20 yards. Your goal is to explode into the sprints and accelerate as fast as possible.
As important as any warm-up or drill. Include light jogging, stepping, or biking with stretching.