Why all clients need speed training

Speed training can be split into many components, especially if you get sports specific.  However, it is important to understand that some of the skills required in the training of speed and performance are also applicable to the regular client as well.

In the UK according to Age UK then over £2billion is spent on health care costs associated with falls.  However with exercise that is challenging enough, then fall prevention exercise can be beneficial for reducing the chances of these falls.

FASTER had built 5 specific responses to challenges (we call skills) that can be trained to assist in improving motion.  When working with the general population, then skill transfer requires less specific solutions.  This means that everything will improve balance and fall prevention, however, experience and confidence in movement have been shown to help clients feel less pain and encourages them to move more.

For fall prevention then I would focus on rapid force production.  This is a great skill to improve for all clients including regular clients who want to look better through to sports performance clients.

Rapid change of direction is the skill of being able to produce enough power to slow down a momentum in one direction and then propel a limb or the whole body in another direction.  The sequencing behind a rapid change of direction is often driven by the foot, into the pelvis and then the upper body or the other leg.

This rapid change of direction is at the heart of the punch, kick, turn, swing and kick.  The turn is also an important aspect of balance, that rapid change of direction plays a vital part in steadying the client that could fall.  Having the power to kick, punch, turn and swing is something that all clients will be able to use in everyday life and so being the trainer in the gym that can do this well is something that will help you differentiate from others.

Below is a sample of us building a mini work out, from a biomechanical breakdown of a turn.  We do this by applying the skills that are taught throughout our courses, and that feature heavily in the Neural Notching course.

(to see the research behind the skill development process then click this link)