I am sharing some of my speed and sprinting workouts with people interested in seeing methods discussed on our forums here since 2000.
I am thankful and happy I wrote so much down. I encourage anyone to keep a journal no matter what it is you do. It helps you reflect, it provides information to repeat or change and it’s a record you may want some day.
I think it might help people to see workouts performed while also learning methods of training they are able to further research through books like “ Speed Trap” and or “ The Charlie Francis Training System”
The workout below was done while Charlie was doing some work with the Detroit Lions. This video was posted by the head strength and conditioning coach who hired Charlie at the time.
Friday May 1st 1992 ( 2 workouts today one in am and one at 5:30pm – I think the workout was meant to be earlier but sometimes things don’t work out that way when your primary objective at that time was my husband’s work )
Bed 1:30am / Wake 8:15am ( we would have been in Detroit at a hotel)
- Short hot and cold
- 9am breakfast oatmeal , milk and water ( supplements multivitamin ,boron, zinc, primrose oil, ginseng, calcium)
- 10am treadmill 6 to 7 minutes
- Few sit ups and pushups
- 4 x 10 - 15meters A skip, B skip, Running A’s , Tripling
- 4 x 8 hamstring curls ( Nautilus machines 60lbs, did not like this equipment but CF hated it as well and it bothered my knees while doing it
- 2 x 45lbs bench ( I must have done 2 sets of 10 to warm up not 2 reps only).
- 1 @ 65lbs
- 1 @ 75lbs
- 11:30 am 3 egg omelette / cheese and mushroom / water
- Got back to hotel room, had a short 10 minute nap/ cleaning lady come to clean room so I went to hot tub/ then showered
- 1pm = had one hour nap
- Snack before training club house sandwich 3 pieces
( I remember always being hungry and always having trouble feeling like I was not eating enough. Looking back now I see how incomplete and unscientific my eating was. My training was 10 out of 10 and my eating was about 6 or 7 out of 10 IMO).
4pm = more supplements before training. ( I really got sick of taking supplements but they really helped me as well. It’s a game . You need to figure out what works best and figure out what does not work and this takes a lot of time and energy and we got a ton of supplements for free which was very helpful. ( supplements = *carnitine musashi, calcium, sublingual glutamine, ginseng, zinc, primrose oil, licithine, amino acids, * green musashi )
5:30 pm = Warm up = 2 laps around track
-Sit ups and medicine ball throws
-6 x 15 meter drills Askip, B skip, bumkicks, Running A’s.
- 4 x 150 meters with 6.5 to 9 minutes rest between sets
= Warm down = 8 x back and forths over 100 meters shaking very easy
Dinner = Veal marsala, soup , water, milk
Did another hot and cold, massage and slept very well.
NOTES : The worst part of my training were runs like the ones I did on this day. I never felt good or great doing them. I always felt it was a task. I loved doing speed , I loved lifting weights and I also loved training hard. It was Charlie's opinion that I lacked the time and or background doing longer work/ speed endurance because I was out of the sport for so long at the age I needed to be doing differently. Having said that you have what you have and as a coach you need to try and find ways to accomplish the different variables of your event while not forgetting the individual.
Pearls of Wisdom ....
( ...we take from making the most out of what we already have ).
I read a blog the other day and laughed at comments regarding coach Charlie Francis's disorganized lecture style. I smiled when the same person commented about Francis focusing a great deal on his most accomplished athlete.
Francis was disorganized and typically his focus was on his superstar athlete to illustrate his work. Francis was capitalizing on what he had.
A recent blog I wrote on Complete Speed Training. It talks about this idea of taking advantage of what we already have. Francis was a master at practicing what he wanted to perfect.
Francis coached me for the duration of my adult athletic career and he embedded this lesson into our daily belief system with laser focus.
Francis's disorganized style was part of who he was. It was part of what made him one of the very best at developing speed in athletes or anyone interested in trying to get faster.
I recently learned about the Silicon Valley companies who will only hire people who have autism or Aspergers disease. Why? These people have a narrow focus and ignore almost all other things in the face of solving a problem. A trait we might all benefit from when we want to accomplish a specific goal (as in athletics).
Francis knew how to focus....and while sometimes the other parts of life become unorganized as a consequence of this valuable trait, attaining focus is challenging to achieve.
I set out in this blog to write about the tremendous support Charlie received from a select group of coaches throughout his professional life. These coaches and some former athletes knew the ropes better than anyone. What is interesting to me is all they were doing was making the most out of what they had as well.
I hope this idea helps others the way it has guided me....