The Biggest Gimmick in Strength and Conditioning
By Mark “the Student” Harmon

For www.EliteFTS.com

I’ve been to a ton of seminars in the past year, and every single time I came away confused on the most effective way to design a strength and conditioning program for high school athletes. One of the most conflicting methods used when talking about speed training is overspeed.

What is overspeed?

In the past, I’ve learned that overspeed is a tremendous theory that forces your brain to fire in overtime, which ultimately makes your hands and feet react quicker to neuromuscular commands. I learned this from the Russian approach that if you trained your body to go beyond its normal maximal speed, you could delay the onset of muscular fatigue. The theory continues to say that the firing of muscle fibers will create muscle memory and cause your body to expect faster motions, thus making it possible to increase maximal speed by 20 percent more than your natural running speed.

We all know what this method looks like. It usually involves a treadmill with a rock climbing like harness around the athlete or a long bungee cord around the athlete’s waist and a coach 15–20 yards away standing in front of the runner pulling the cord toward the finish line.

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