The Critical Role of the Head and Eyes in Speed Training

Chris Holder
Kettlebells, Strength and Conditioning, Martial Arts

Before we begin, let me qualify what I mean by speed. I’m not talking track speed. When I think of speed, I immediately think of multi-directional/change of direction speed. Most every sport I deal with needs this type of speed, rather than the traditional linear, track-type speed. An athlete’s ability to accelerate, decelerate, and accelerate again is the name of the game.


I make a promise to my teams in the off-season. I promise them they are going to out-condition and out-run all of their opponents. That means they have to not only be fast, but also uber-economical when they run.


Use head and eye cues to become efficient.


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