In addition to serving as a strategy to help athletes compete better in their sport, backpedaling also helps develop levels of coordination, mobility, stability, and general movement qualities. Coach and athletic movement specialist Lee Taft details three different strategies that coaches can use to get the most out of training their athletes to backpedal.
Medium intensity jumps build eccentric jumping capacity while medium-level plyometrics are the best way to increase speed off and into the ground. Speed expert Lee Taft shares his program for progressing jump intensity for mid-level athletes.
While big boxes are impressive for athletes to show explosive force, low boxes are versatile for teaching different expressions of athleticism. Coach Lee Taft presents his low box exercise training progression, which uses variations in vertical displacement jumps to improve athletes’ elastic responses and the multidirectional force application emphasis seen during change of direction in sport.
Want to learn the nuts and bolts of developing ‘game speed’? Read this latest Friday Five interview with speed expert Lee Taft.