What is the Speed and Strength Program?

 Over the past month, Smith Performance has received numerous requests to start a speed program.  We were initially very reluctant to offer this program. We have seen a short sighted view toward athlete development that did not fully mesh with our belief system for training, especially the long term athletic development model we follow (see below).  A summer program does not provide a long term vision for a developing athlete, which we believe is critical to fully reach an athlete’s potential while minimizing injury. Further it minimizes the foundation of strength for the developing athlete.  

Therefore, we decided to add a speed program as a component of our overall training plan.  The speed work will focus on running form and technique, as well as acceleration and change of direction.  This is not a conditioning program, however the strength component will add this for athletes that need it.

PictureLong term athletic development: this is our diagram that guides each athletes program.


Starting tomorrow, Smith Performance Center is going to be offering Speed and Agility for athletes aged 11-18 years old.  

This will take place Tuesday and Thursdays at 3:00 pm or Wednesday and Friday at 1 pm. 

Athletes who strength train with us, will be free to lift right after the speed work on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 pm or on Wednesday and Friday at 4:00 pm. We, at Smith Performance Center, believe strength is a main contributor of speed and encourage you start a strength program along with the speed and agility program.

When does it start?

The classes will run two months and will include pre and post testing to monitor progress.  The strength and speed program fit into our long term development program and allow for continued training past the two months if the athlete would like to continue beyond this program.  

​This program is developed to meet you based upon your current skill level and age. We will be adding new athletes throughout the summer. If you start after June 6, the speed and strength program will still be developed based upon you, not where the other athletes are currently at in their program.

What is the cost?

The price of the Speed Program has a couple options:

1. ) $150 a month if you choose not to do any strength training
                  (you just meet twice a week for an hour of speed work)

2.)  $100 a month in addition to your strength training
                  (ex – strength train once a week + speed school = $215 a month)
                  (ex – strength train twice a week + speed school = $250 a month)

​If you start after June 6, the cost of the camp will prorated based on when you begin.

What is different about this program?

We will use a combination of performance and injury testing on all athletes.  We will also use a high speed biomechanics system to analyze every athletes running form during starts, jogging, and deceleration.  The tests will include:

1. 10 yard Sprint

2. Vertical Jump (single and double)

3. Broad Jump

4. Y Balance Test

5. Tuck Jump Assessment

6. Running Analysis with 2 D biomechanics system  (see below)

If you are interested in signing up, or if you have any more questions, please email Brian Pieper at brian@smithperformancecenter.com

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