How to NOT Use Overspeed Training
First, a video from my buddy Matt at Phelps Training on some of his boys using overspeed training in a proper manner. As with group training, some people got it right, others will get it with a little more work (plus they have Matt, who knows what he is doing, running the ship)
What Overspeed Training IS
They are using bungees, I don’t know the brand, but I have a few called Viper Cords here. They are a good tool to get the body moving faster than normal – neuromuscular adaptations. Good work Matt.
What Overspeed Training IS NOT
Obviously the second one is a joke, but go ahead and Youtube “Overspeed Training” and you will find tons of crap out there. The problem is, younger athletes, or untrained/poorly trained athletes will lean out or use a heel breaking effect to mess with some running mechanics.
We rarely use this, as most athletes need acceleration first, ie, most football positions, basketball and basketball players, etc. They need short bursts, so I tend to favor resistance running as opposed to assistance.
- Joe Hashey, CSCS -