Modern Speed Training is an E-book

by Adrian Faccioni.

Adrian was the former course convenor of the Sports Coaching degree at the University of Canberra. He is currently a member of the Olympic Advisory Board for the 2004 Australian Olympic Track and Field Program. He has been hired as a consultant to a wide range of sports in Australia.

The entire book is printable and consists of 135 A4 pages + pictures.

Windows or Mac versions are available.


This ebook will be updated and registered purchasers will be able to download all future updates for FREE


Adrian Faccioni has studied carefully and compared the methods of some of the Worlds best Sprint coaches including John Smith (Maurice Greene, Ato Boldon), Dan Pfaff (Bruny Surin, Obadele Thompson) and Charlie Francis (Ben Johnson).

Adrian is a dynamic presenter one of the best I have seen. He is able to share a large range of cutting edge ideas related to Speed and Foundation training.

Steve Bennett

In 2001 Adrian conducted two presentations that can be downloaded here for free.

Young Athlete Conditioning
by Adrian Faccioni and Di Barnes

zipped PDF file of the Powerpoint Presentation 1282Kb

USA Speed Training Techniques - Compares and explains some of ideas being used by Pfaff, Smith etc

PDF File of the Powerpoint Presentation 527Kb

Introduction to Modern Speed by Adrian Faccioni (html page)


The Science Of Speed Development
(35 A4 pages + pictures)

Chapter 1 The Physiology Of Speed (7 A4 pages)
1. Muscle Type
2. Neural Processes
3. Technique
4. Anatomy
5. Strength & Power Levels
6. The Availability Of Energy Supply

Chapter 2 The Components Of Speed (8 A4 pages)
1. Reaction Time
2. Agility
3. Acceleration Phase
4. Maximal Running Velocity
5. Deceleration Phase

Chapter 3 The Kinematics Of Sprinting (8 A4 pages)
1. The Sprinting Stride
2. Optimal Stride Length & Stride Rate
3. Kinematic Variables For Elite & Sub-Elite Athletes
4. Horizontal Velocities For Elite & Sub-Elite Athletes
5. Correlation Between Sprint Variables
6. Mechanical Efficiency In Sprinting

Chapter 4 The Importance Of Recovery To Speed Development (12 A4 pages)
1. Neural Vs Muscular Fatigue
2. Recovery Techniques
3. The Super-Compensation Process

Training To Improve Speed
(78 A4 pages + Pictures)

Chapter 5 Training Components (11 A4 pages)
1. Strength & Power
2. Speed Endurance
3. Flexibility

Chapter 6 Preparation For A Speed Session (7 A4 pages)
1. The Warm-Up
2. The Warm-Down
3. When To Do Speed Work In A Training Session
4. When To Do Speed Training In A Microcycle

Chapter 7 Targeting Speed Components (11 A4 pages)
1. Reaction Time
2. Agility
3. Acceleration
4. Maximal Running Velocity
5. Deceleration Phase

Chapter 8 The Mid-Torso & Speed Performance (9 A4 pages)
1. Anatomy & Kinesiology
2. Function Of The Mid-Torso In Sports Activities
3. Developing The Mid-Torso
4. Weight Room Mid-Torso Training
5. On-Site Mid-Torso Training
6. Variations Of Mid-Torso Training

Chapter 9 Medicine Balls & Speed Development (6 A4 pages)
1. Medicine Ball Overview
2. Specific Mid-Torso Exercises
3. General & Specific Body Conditioning Exercises
4. Balance & Coordination Exercises
5. Sprint-Specific Activities

Chapter 10 Resisted Speed Training (9 A4 pages)
1. Resistance Training
2. Weighted-Vest Exercises
3. Weighted-Pants Exercises
4. Uphill Running
5. Running On Sand & In Water
6. Resisted Towing
7. Bounding

Chapter 11 Assisted Speed Training (6 A4 pages)
1. Assistance Training
2. Assisted Towing
3. Downhill Sprinting
4. High-Speed Treadmill Sprinting

Chapter 12 Speed & Coordination Drills For Speed Development (8 A4 pages)
1. Sprint-Specific Drills
2. Sport-Specific Drills
3. Drills To Improve Speed, Agility & Reaction Time

Chapter 13 Plyometrics & Speed Development (11 A4 pages)
1. Introduction To Plyometrics
2. Plyometric Techniques
3. Advanced Plyometric Techniques

Chapter 14 Strength Training To Improve Speed Performance (13 A4 pages)
1. Key Muscle Groups
2. General Strength Training Outside The Weight Room
3. General Strength Training In The Weight Room
4. Sprint-Specific Strength Development Exercises
5. Periodisation Of Strength Training

Chapter 15 Periodisation Of Speed Training (10 A4 pages)
1. Basic Periodisation Structure
2. Speed Training In The Preparation Phase
3. Speed Training In The Competition Phase
4. Use Of Resisted & Assisted Training Methods

Specialised Training Programs
(15 A4 pages + )

Chapter 16 Speed Development In Pre-Adolescent Children (8 A4 pages)
1. Development Of Physical Attributes
2. The Best Time To Learn Technique
3. The Benefits Of Speed Training
4. The Training Program

Chapter 17 Speed Development For Team-Sport Athletes (7 A4 pages)
1. Developing Strength For Speed
2. Techniques To Maximise Acceleration
3. Drills To Improve Acceleration, Body Position & Agility
4. Development Of Speed Endurance
5. Periodisation Of Speed Training

Appendix 1 Tests & Protocols - Speed, Agility, Power & Endurance (5 A4 pages)
1. 5-60m Speed Tests
2. 5-0-5 Agility Test
3. Standing Long Jump
4. Vertical Jump
5. Glycolytic Test 1
6. Glycolytic Test 2


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