Strength Training for Speed, James Wild

A recent addition and already a must have book for anyone wanting to develop speed with strength training.

“Speed is integral to the successful performance of individuals and teams in most sports. Knowledge of the ways in which high-performance athletes train to develop this quality is highly sought after. Strength Training for Speed is a one-stop resource for coaches and athletes looking to enhance sprinting speed through effective strength training methods. The latest scientific research is used to underpin training solutions presented within this book, which includes strength programs followed by full international-level athletes. The scope of applicable content will be of particular interest to coaches, athletes and students. Boasting a library of over 100 exercises and a series of example periodised plans, readers will learn how to devise effective strength training programs for any athlete – from the recreational to elite performer. Strength Training for Speed covers: Fundamental anatomy and physiology of sprinting; how to elicit the key physiological adaptations necessary for improving strength, power, and ultimately speed; biomechanics of sprinting during the acceleration and maximum velocity phases; how to design individual strength training sessions; the periodization of strength training for speed development”.

Above is the sales blurb that you will find written at every on-line book store!

Makes the book sound very appealing doesn’t it?! Heck it sold it to me that’s for sure.

I have many books on strength training but little on development from a speed perspective so I was eager to see what I would gain from this book and if I am being honest… I love this book!

You are not going to learn a massive amount if you have researched all this stuff before like I have but what you do get is very clear and concise information and detailed plans on developing all the elements of speed! And that is worth the purchase and the time taken to read through a couple of times.

As the sales blurb indicates this book is set out to provide a good foundation of theory into the elements of speed including technique and its implications on strength training.

I’ve found this book very useful in setting up my sessions so that they compliment my track work not only for myself and my athletes. Hopefully as a Master I can finally get developing my strength in the right way for speed, maybe!

Recommended: Yes

Value 9/10

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