Joel Smith on Developing Linear Speed in Team Sports Athletes

Joel Smith, is an NCAA Division I Strength Coach working in the PAC12 conference.  He has been a track and field jumper and javelin thrower, track coach, strength coach, personal trainer, researcher, writer and lecturer.

Joel also runs the incredibly popular website, where he has a ton of awesome articles and podcasts.

In this show, Joel and I go in-depth talking about speed. We cover the role that weights, plyos and medicine balls should play in your programs, how to train force vs. elastic athletes, and much, much more.

Quite simply if you want to make your athletes faster, you’re going to love this show.


Show Notes

Here’s a brief overview of this week’s show:

  • Show Intro:
    • MR’s Weekend Recap
    • Looking forward to the Team Robertson Final 4 Party
    • Weekly Thought: Find Ways to Give Back
  • Interview with Joel:
    • How he got started in the world of physical preparation.
    • His overarching philosophy on speed development for team athletes (and why there’s more to it than just “running” in your sessions).
    • The role of a basic strength program in developing speed – and when strength training actually detracts from improvements in speed.
    • How much is too much? Finding out how much direct speed training you need to make your athletes faster.
    • What a typical speed session looks like for Joel and his athletes.
    • Jumps and throws – what’s their role? When do you use them? And how do you fit them into a complete program?
    • The role the foot and ankle complex play in speed development.
    • The BIG Question.


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