Want to know how to make fast people faster?

Here at Speed Works we pride ourselves on being very open about our philosophy and sharing our knowledge. We have been busy throughout the year presenting open workshops at Lee valley Athletics Centre as well as in-house workshops with visitors from the RFU and WASPS academy. After a successful workshop at West Bromwich Albion F.C. on speed for team sports with JB Morin we look forward to Jonas and JB joining forces on 5th & 6th November for a more in-depth look at the following:

Video analysis – technical attractors for acceleration, change of direction and maximum velocity
Teaching progressions and coaching cues
Applying Bonderchucks exercise classification to the periodisation of speed – progressive principles for team sports
S&C of the talented athlete – force Vs velocity
Practical session focusing on; progression of speed and acceleration drills, max V development, speed and power based plyometrics and plyometrics for change in direction

We believe the best form of learning is by feeling and doing. Come to our workshop and experience being an athlete under the Speed Works regime. Then put to practice some of the coaching cues and methods learnt on the day. Witness how our simple philosophy and system can solve complex multifaceted issues.
Get hands on help in JB’s session involving sprint analysis using coaching aids such as mysprint app, speed gun and optojump.

But don’t just take our word for it:

“Making fast people faster is one of the hardest things a high performance coach can do. Jonas has the unique ability to transfer highly technical knowledge into an easy to understand system which athletes, coaches and scientists can all deliver.
He is able to identify technical faults, training opportunities, coaching cues and training solutions to athletes of all levels in order to make them faster. He has been an important mentor of mine and his support to the GB women’s hockey team in preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympics was invaluable.
The opportunity to learn from Jonas and one of the world leading sprint biomechanics researchers must not be missed.”

Ben Rosenblatt, High performance S&C coach – FA
This will be the last of these workshops for this year so don’t delay in booking your space.

Restructure

At the end of an athletics season there is always a natural movement between athletes, coaches and medical staff as people reassess their situations. With this in mind we bid a fond farewell to some of the Speed Works crew and thank them for their hard work. It is with great pleasure we also welcome with open arms new members of the team to revitalise, challenge and succeed.

With a new Olympic cycle to focus on, Speed Works have been busy behind the scenes developing our training system and restructuring the team to produce a robust support system to produce robust elite athletes.

Look out for our team members blogs so you can get to know the gang.

Speedworks: A learning experience

Our Speed Works Speedwise workshops have been a huge success. These continual learning CPD sessions are for coaches, therapists, scientists and anyone with an interest in progressing their coaching eye. These 1 or 2 day worshops will be a regular feature in the Speed Works diary. So far we have welcomed attendees from a variety of sports including; football, rugby, athletics, cricket as well as personal trainers. It’s a great opportunity to not only learn from us but to hear what other attendees have to say, exchange views and ideas and network. We invited guest speaker JB Morin earlier this year who was such a hit we have another workshop with him on 5th November – it’s not too late to book your spot! We will also be introducing other guest speakers in the future so watch this space.

Time to reflect

The athletics season is over, as is another Olympic cycle. The Speed Works squads have had their break and are now at the beginning of their winter cycle and the long slog of hard work for the next 4 years.

Now is a good time to look back at our accomplishments throughout the season.

A number of our track and field athletes had a hugely successful season. It would be hard to name them all but here are a few highlights:

Ojie Edoburun – Ran 10.19 making him the 5th fastest U23 as well as a windy 10.04 which in turn got him selected for the 4 x 100m relay at the Rio Olympics.

Reece Prescod – Won bronze at the British Championships in the 200m. Finishing his season well clocking a time of 20.38 at the Lausanne Diamond League in Switzerland. He also ran a personal best of 10.04 in the 100m.

Sean Safo-Antwi – was selected to represent Ghana at the Rio Olympics in the 100m. He also ran a 200 PB of 20.76.

Chijindu Ujah – Clocked 9.97 at the British Championships and was a semi-finalist at the Rio Olympics. He was only one place off making the final.

Daryll Neita – Ran a PB at the British Championships of 11.23 which gave her automatic selection for the Olympic Games. She then went on to win an Olympic bronze medal whilst breaking the women’s British record in the 4 x 100m relay. With a time of 41.77.

Zanson Plummer – Ran PB’s in both the 100m and 200m (10.48 & 21.82) respectively as an U20. He was then selected for World Junior’s as part of the relay squad.`14

James Weaver – Smashed his personal best by almost a second in the 100m hurdlers, running 13.33 and making the final of the Junior World Championships. This puts him 5th on the Junior all-time list.

Imani Lansiquot – Ran a personal best of 11.17 in the 100m making her the fastest U23 with the 2nd fastest time ever ran at that age. Finishing 4th at the World Junior Champs.

Congratulations to all our track & field athletes who all achieved their pre-season goals and most finished their season with a personal best.