You should be aware by now that THE BCI Speed School is coming up SOON!


July 5th is the first session, and we are accepting enrollment NOW!


Click this link if you’re ready:


We already have 5 slots taken and we will only be taking 20 athletes


Today I wanted to share with you why all “work” isn’t good work and how to quit wasting your time when it comes to getting faster!


I can’t tell you the number of times I have spoken with an athlete or parent, and they tell me how hard their son or daughter is working to get faster yet not seeing any results.


After probing a bit about what they are doing I find some common issues I felt would be worth sharing with you today.


Here’s the top 5 reasons your athlete may not be getting RESULTS from their SPEED TRAINING.


  1. They are focused on Skill work more than Speed Work: Skill work has its place in an athlete’s development but if you are spending a lot of time building sport specific skills you are not going build speed.  The body requires specific stimulus to get fast.  Doing too many sports related skill activity competes with speed adaptations.
  2. They are doing drills that don’t transfer to speed improvements: Doing endless cone drills or ladder drills will help you get good at ONE THING and ONE THING ONLY…Cone and Ladder Drills.  These drills have NO carryover into linear speed improvements, nor do they help you develop the reactive ability required to change directions fast and be more agile in a game when it counts.  That’s the FACTS!
  3. They aren’t resting enough to provide all out efforts: Most efforts to improve speed fail partly because athletes and coaches alike have been tricked into thinking they should rest minimally.  When trying to improve speed you must have periods where you run at 90-100% effort.  Running at max intensity has a major impact not only on your muscles but also your nervous system.  Longer recoveries and rest periods are required to maintain true 90-100% efforts.  A good rule of thumb to follow is for every 10yds run at 100% effort you should rest 1minute until your next rep.  “Wind sprints” are the ultimate “dead zone” of speed development.
  4. They aren’t running FAST and SLOW:  To develop next level speed you must run slow enough at times to work on your mechanics.  Tempo running allows you to do this and helps condition the aerobic system which is needed to be fast throughout the entire game.  You also must run 90-100% maximal efforts at times as mentioned in number 3.  Many athletes spend most of their time sprinting at 65% because they haven’t rested enough to go 100% and they have never participated in a well-organized tempo program.
  5. They are always “playing their sport”: If you are always competing you aren’t going to be able to maximize your speed development.  There’s a delicate balance that must be managed when it comes to your training and competitions.  Most young athletes seem to over prioritize competition when they should be allocating more time and energy towards training to work on their speed.


I hope this had some value for you guys today!


If you want to take your speed to the next level, signing up for SPEED SCHOOL gives you a great shot at doing so.


4 solid weeks of learning and training for speed can not only help you get results but will lay the foundation for future improvements!


Talk soon,


Andy McCloy