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Offline Brian Amundsen

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Successful experiments continue
« on: November 05, 2017, 02:45:27 PM »
Well 3 1/2 years ago I started resistance training with my then 7 year old.  He is now 11 and he just finished his first year of Majors 10-12 year olds.  The first year we focused mainly on getting stronger since he has always been one of the faster kids, but the last 2 years we have focused on speed first.  He was the 7th fastest kid on my team two years ago (I had a fast team),  this year he was the 3rd fastest in our town out of 8-12 year olds (around 85 kids).  He finished fourth in his grade division races (5th grade) at the western Michigan university football camp (out of around 90 kids).

I continue to read, experiment and learn.  There is a great chance that he will be the fastest kid in the league next year.  He is only 4’7 and 84 pounds so he will benefit greatly once puberty kicks in.

The main changes that we made were a speed whiteboard with distance prs.  We typically look at 10 yard fly times as the go to indicator.  We try to sprint at least twice a week if it’s nice out and he is outside of other sport seasons.

Offline bigshel

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Re: Successful experiments continue
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2017, 05:11:05 PM »
Coach, can you expound on the program you're using? I coach 8 & 9s, so very interested.

Offline Brian Amundsen

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Re: Successful experiments continue
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2017, 07:18:43 PM »
It is more of a philosophy than a program.  I’ve read a ton from Tony Holler and Chris Korfist, simplifaster is a great website.  When it’s nice out be sure to sprint and time those.  Make a west side style pr board for speed.  Sleds and flying 10s when it is nice out at least twice a week.  You could alternate them in an a-b workout style.  When it’s colder out be sure to squat, lunge, deadlift but also jump, hop and bound.

I post a lot of parts of our workouts on instagram.  If you can’t find me under my name search mvpathletix.

Strength helps but too many people don’t work enough true top end speed.

What does your current program look like.