These days, it seems that everyone is infatuated with speed. So many coaches ask how can they build faster athletes. Athletes spend dollar after dollar going to “speed” coaches. It’s all about 40 times.
Here’s the rub, though – athletics aren’t just about accelerating quickly and top-end speed. Sports are just as much or more about an athlete’s ability to stop and change direction. Despite this, very few people focus on the deceleration aspect of training. It takes as much work learning how to stop quickly and efficiently as it does to start. Here we have a simple deceleration progression that can be used to develop the type of dynamic athleticism that can truly set an athlete apart.