Overspeed. Decide for yourself.
Does overspeed make sense? ( refer to "Running into the trouble", above).
Is there a need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to safe, proven methods that can be repeated with grand successes?
Is the risk worth an alleged return?
Why didn't Charlie use overspeed to develop some of the most most repeatable methods for speed training to date?
( because he didn't need to..., an idea the may be too simple for most?)
Keep in mind this. If you get injured, you may never be capable of returning to the same abilities as before. You would not be the first to have this happen or the last. ( this idea was a main idea we used to navigate daily training for more 2 decades)
My mission after losing Charlie to a 5 year fight with Stage 4 NHL was to maintain the content he spent his life creating and experimenting with in order to achieve significant and repeatable results in sprinting.
I encourage you to study some or all of the massive archive of content at charliefrancis.com. The forum review of 2002 as well as 2009 offers some of the best content from the website’s world class forum to which Charlie contributed over 10,000 posts himself from 2000 to 2010.
Take a look at our Weights for Speed bundle here to learn why lifting weights and building strength are critical but study why Coach Francis and Coach Ange Coon prioritized speed training followed by lifting weights.
This is a list of lifts Francis and Coon used and Coon continues to use while coaching sprinting at the highest developmental levels.
Lastly, the best context for a full understanding of why Francis became a world class sprint coach is inside his book "Speed Trap". The story revolves around the events of 1988, but for me the most interesting part is how Francis discusses many of his ideas and how he came to them and why. For passionate athletes looking for more in their training this book might help you find it.
Sprinting your own race requires a recipe only you the reader can decide and experiment with. I trust this information will become content you find useful and enjoyable for your speed, sprinting and power sport pursuits.
"Sprint your own life"
Look at what happened..…how cool is this?
My last blog was about liking it or not liking it. It was about people stealing others work (in this case it has been items from my online store) online and acting like it’s no big deal. I don’t like it. I had sent the offenders a note, I did not get a response (why would they respond?) and then I discovered the Digital Millennia Copyright Act. It’s a form found online you send to the appropriate provider. In my case it was Facebook and YouTube. I was impressed to get a response within 24 hours and shortly after that I received notice that my material had been taken down. How cool is that? I like it! Thank you to the law makers of the DMCA!
On another note I wanted to talk a bit about something slightly different.
Coaching : What is the key role of a coach?
If you asked 15 different people you would get varied answers. The higher level of athlete and the higher level of the performance the more similar the answers to what the key role of a coach might be.
Some people feel it’s the information a coach is able to deliver while others feel it’s the inspiration and or leadership.
When Coaching and teaching children it’s important to bring enthusiasm, leadership and , inspiration and while expecting knowledge might not be as high of a priority until the skill level improves.
If you are able to make others believe in their own abilities and if you are able to inspire the talents of each individual for their own success, the power of this idea can be unstoppable.
I don’t like hearing when teachers or coaches are not inspiring. My son has argued with me on this point and while I might agree coaching teenage boys requires slightly different skills and may I say courage than other categories of people, I still believe negative bully type leadership has a limited prescription for success that might thrive only in military settings.
There is a great deal of information out there on the web. How you go about sifting through what works best might depend on who inspires you the most.
I’ve felt fortunate to be given enough time to realize my own athletic talents. I was and continue to be inspired by the information you will find on this website that changed my life.
The letters I receive from people all over the world are just one of the things that inspires me now. I am thankful for people who take the time to tell me their stories. I like it! .... thanks for reading ... ange