One of the most important factors in athletic success is speed. Speed is directly related to strength and it is no coincidence that if your vertical jump increases, then your speed will have increased as well. I have said it before and will say it again: YOU CAN DO ALL THE SPEED WORK YOU WANT AND GO TO ALL THE SPEED SCHOOLS YOU WANT, it won’t make you any faster. Speed can only be gained through force applied through the ground vertically (misconception is that it is applied horizontally). Thus, when you look at our programs at Newell Strength, you will see a lot of box jumping of all types, max and dynamic variations of squats and deadlifts (yes, I was influenced heavily by Louie Simmons even before our conversation). These all involve applying force to the ground vertically at different speeds and forces. I can tell if an athletes box jump goes up then their speed has increased as well.
Take a look at the numbers below of some of the athletes at Newell Strength. I dare to say that no ‘speed school’ in the area has numbers like these. Don’t forget to watch Greg Grippo’s 4.27 40 yard dash at the end.
>Kevin Bonilla-trying out for Rutgers football next year. Went from a 5.6 to a 4.97.
>Ross Lazicky-went from 5+ to 4.81. Also, cut his 60 yard dash time down by .3 seconds at his elite baseball combines this summer.
>Tyler Weeks-4.86. Starting point guard for St. Joe’s in Metuchen.
>Mike Velasco-Has cut off .5 seconds on his 60 yard dash time at this baseball combines and by the way is now throwing in the mid-80′s. (Only going to be a sophmore).
>Big Ben Teischer-top 5 tennis player in the state ran a 4.74 after two months of training.
>Greg Grippo-he is already extremely athletic and explosive. When he started with me he was running a 4.6 range, now as of last night ran a 4.27! Might is be a little slower, yes (I am using a hand-held stop watch), but even so, he is now blazing! Currently receiving many offers to play college basketball.