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Training for Speed Paperback – October 1, 1997

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Training for speed is over 200 pages in length and contains a number of useful diagrams, sketches, and tables.It is a good book to read, being informative, entertaining and at times controversial. Although some coaches will certainly not agree with all of Charlie's opinions, his passion for the sport and total concern for the welfare of his athletes is unquestioned. This book is strongly recommended to all coaches in the business of developing speed in their athletes. -- From the Author

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Charlie Francis (ex-Canadian National Track and Field Coach) was disputably the best sprint coach of the 1980s. Under Francis' supervision, his athletes broke world recordds and won Gold medals at Olympic Games, World Championships and Commonwealth Games. Charlie Francis' strength, periodization and sprint training methods are used worldwide. Many of today's most successful sprint athletes use training programs that mirror Francis' programs for a decade ago. This book is a detailed description of the training elements that Francis used to develop his long list of international sprint stars.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Faccioni Speed and Conditioning Consultant (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0646328522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0646328522
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,405,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
It would be a shame if anyone was put off this book by the spectre of drugs which hangs over Charlie Francis after the Ben Johnson affair. This is an excellent book which gets to the heart of sprinting.
Some publications about sprinting can be cold and technical. Others skim over the subject, rehashing the same old hackneyed sessions and beliefs.
Every page tells the reader that THIS book is for REAL. Some of the author's wise words seem to hark back to the coach I used to have - a great character of the old school.
But then Francis allies the best wisdom of the past with ground breaking theories of the modern era and presents it all in a readable format.
To summarise - a first class book for anyone with more than a passing interest in sprinting.
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Training for speed is written by a former world class athlete and now infamous coach about speed and how to improve it. As a world class Masters sprinter, i was impressed with Charlie Francis's sprint training philosophy and have incorporated many of his ideas into my own training program. His chapter on regeneration and recovery was very helpful, and his 3 seasonal peaks fit perfectly into my yearly plan. I am only dubious regarding his speed endurance workouts, while some of his sprinters have set PR's in training, i would rather go 90-95% in practice, and save the best for meets when they count. However, i highly recommend this book to any athlete interested in improving his or her speed.
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This book whilst written from a track and field perspective is a wealth of information.
Francis has written honestly about what he did, what worked, what didn't and every chapter has information that can be used by any coach/conditioning consultant in their day to day dealings with athletes.
I found this book thoroughly enjoyable to read and it is a great reference book to go back to whenever new training programs need to be written.
I thoroughly recommend this title.
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