Derek Hansen on Con Ed, Microdosing, and Bringing Speed Training to the Masses

Derek Hansen is an international sports performance consultant specializing in speed development, strategic performance planning, return-to-competition protocols, and neuromuscular electrical stimulation programming.

As a life-long athlete with a passion for speed and sprint training, Derek’s career initially began in Track and Field, where he provided coaching and training programs to sprint athletes of all ages.

After graduating from the University of British Columbia and McGill University, Derek’s career quickly evolved to working with collegiate sprinters, hurdlers, and jumpers.

He has worked with countless top performing athletes, Olympic medalists, and world-record holders and consulted dozens of professional sports teams and major NCAA Division 1 Programs.

Derek has also served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Simon Fraser University and regularly speaks on topics related to speed development and high performance training at major events around the world.

Derek joins me today to share how his approach to working with athletes has changed since the pandemic began.

We discuss the concept of microdosing and how Derek uses it when working with athletes.

We talk about the benefits of microdosing workouts and how they can help you achieve the same intense workouts while improving an athlete’s readiness and peak performance.

Derek shares how he incorporates sprinting and speed development as a protective element of his hamstring rehabilitation programs.

We discuss how Derek continues to educate athletes, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, his strategy for creating online courses for the masses, and what he predicts the future will hold for Con. Ed.

And last but not least, Derek also shares the lessons he has learned about training, programming, and coaching athletes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and his advice to young, up-and-coming physical preparation coaches.


With microdosing, we’re still getting the work done – we’re just shortening the exposure on the day so it doesn’t seem like we’re making people do excessive stuff. – Derek Hansen


This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:

  • How COVID-19 impacted the way Derek works with athletes
  • What microdosing workouts are
  • Manipulating workout volume, intensity, and frequency through microdosing workouts
  • Common mistakes and misconceptions around microdosing workouts
  • Connecting the dots between regular training and microdosing workouts
  • Using sprinting and speed development as a protective element of your hamstring rehab program
  • How Derek continues to educate others despite the COVID-19 restrictions
  • How Derek developed his online course
  • How Derek predicts Con. Ed. will evolve over the next few years
  • Lessons Derek has learned about training, coaching, and programming as a result of COVID
  • Derek’s advice for new physical prep coaches
  • Derek’s new training program – The Microdosing Program


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