Every athlete knows that speed is king. The fastest players on the field are the most dangerous and the most feared. They’re like superheroes – spinning, jumping, defying gravity and making their opponents look like complete fools. Most athletes think, “Man, if I were faster, I could be that good.” They look to the internet or their coaches for guidance, hoping that by the next season they’ll be splitting defenders and taking punk returns to the house like Desean Jackson or breaking ankles with a mean crossover and throwing down. The truth is that a lot of athletes train hard in the off-season but don't truly achieve that super human-like performance when they show up to camp in the fall.
So what’s the deal? If you critically evaluate speed programs, tips, drills, and YouTube one-off exercises, it’s easy to see why athletes aren't yielding amazing results. All of these tips, suggestions, etc. may provide decent information, but they are presented too early in an athlete’s development to have a significant impact on their explosive strength and speed. Speed is ultimately about ONE thing: the ability to generate massive amounts of force quickly.