Sprinting Smarter, Speed Progression

Learn Technique, Drills & Training for Speed

Smart Progression

Built around an annual 5-phase training progression designed to maximize speed and achieve peak performance at the right time.

all-in-one system

In-depth technical training, foundational to advanced sprinting drills and workouts. And most importantly, learn how to build your season training blueprint to reach top-end speed.

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Experience a smarter way to learn. Lessons designed to rapidly convert your knowledge into faster sprints and fewer injuries.

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sprinting smarter, speed progression

A Complete Sprinting and Speed Development Program.

Progress doesn’t automatically come with hours on the track, reps in the weight room or even an unrelenting desire for success. Continued progress is the result of practicing the right things with the right timing, intensity and focus for each individual athlete. This course has been optimized around providing coaches and athletes with the latest tools and sprinting wisdom to address each of those areas to progress to an entirely new level of speed and performance.

Learning, developing and fine-tuning the technique, aka “practicing the right things.” Proper sprinting form is the foundation of speed. This is why Coach Harnden provides a complete head-to-toe breakdown of sprinting mechanics. You’ll learn the posture and body positions required to produce maximum acceleration and top-end speed. You’ll also learn more advanced concepts such as refining the phases of the sprint, low heel recovery, fine-tuning block setups and more.

Understanding and choosing the drills that will result in the biggest performance gains. There is no shortage of sprinting drills that coaches and athletes can include in their training. The challenge becomes selecting the right mix of drills that target the most important elements of sprinting and performing them correctly. The drills that have been chosen for this course have proven to produce the biggest performance gains and work systematically with the technical instruction and training routines.

Developing effective training routines. This is where it all comes together. Two-time Olympian Ken Harnden shares the philosophies and training plans that have led to 6 sub-10 100M runners, 25 NCAA champions and 14 Olympians. You’ll get everything you need to build an annual training plan that can be customized for each individual athlete.  

Genres: Track and Field, Sprinting

Duration: 2 hours 36 minutes

Lessons: 23

Ken Harnden Olympic Sprint Coach

Ken Harnden

Instructor

To be widely considered one of the world’s best sprint coaches, one must cultivate winners, reap respect and promote honor and integrity. Not an easy checklist – but Ken Harnden has the stats to back the reputation. With his individualized approach to coaching sprinters, Harnden has a unique way of inspiring athletes with his consistent, passion-driven approach to success.

As a two-time Olympian, NCAA champion and Commonwealth Games bronze medal winner, his knowledge is rooted in firsthand training, trial and competition. After concluding his own athletic pursuits, Harnden began his coaching career at Florida State University, helping to build it into one of the top-five programs in the country at the time. Currently serving as an Assistant Track and Field Coach at University of Tennessee, the three-time USTFCCCA National Assistant Coach of the Year has guided 14 Olympians, 25 NCAA champions and more than 160 All-Americans. Numerous athletes have achieved world-class times under Harnden’s watch with six of his sprinters breaking the 10-second barrier in the 100M.

Additional Content

Included with the course

The Speed Progression training guide provides you with a convenient resource that compliments the lessons and essential information taught throughout the course. It’s a great tool to use at the track when you need a quick reference to things like the warm-up sequence, plyometrics, hurdle drills and more.

You’ll also get a detailed breakdown of the training phases and principles that make-up the foundation of the course. This includes detailed weekly sample workouts for each of the phases of training and provides valuable specifics such as what drills to perform on which days as well as the number of sets and reps that are adjustable to skill level and ability.

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Course Details

From standing starts all the way down to the nuances of the drive phase.

Coach Harnden covers every essential element of great sprinting form in a logical and easy to follow progression. Starting with head, arm and torso positions and moving to foot strike and leg action. The acceleration progression guides athletes from rolling and static 2 point starts and continues to build to 3 point starts and eventually block starts. This sequencing ensures that the athlete is able to hit key positions prior to moving on to more complex movements. It also makes up the foundation that precedes many of the workouts in the training phases.

When it comes to learning technique, you simply have to see it in action. You’ll see every technical element in clear detail with easy to follow graphics and demonstrations from Olympians Warren Fraser and Cejhae Greene.

Drills that deliver results

Every drill included in this course serves a specific purpose and works hand-in-hand with the on-track instruction and training plan. This includes:

  • Drills that target key technical aspects of sprinting – including foot strike, leg movement, hip position and core stability.
  • Pre-acceleration drills that prepare the muscles and nervous system for speed work.
  • Plyometrics that develop power and explosiveness while reinforcing proper sprinting form.
  • Glute activation drills to maximize muscle recruitment and reduce the chance of injuries.
  • Sprinting specific hurdle drills that improve mobility and range of motion.
  • And more…

Deep insight into developing practice routines and an overall training plan that can be customized for each individual athlete.

Planning is everything. Disorganized, random training will undoubtedly lead to random results. Over his 18 years of training elite athletes, Coach Harnden has learned that identifying a finishing point and working backward to plan the phases of training is the best way to ensure a successful season. This course will walk you through the phases Coach Harnden uses to create his season training blueprint step-by-step. Including:

  • Phase One – Training to Train
  • Phase Two – Begin Sprint Specific Training
  • Phase Three – Speed Training
  • Phase Four – Athlete Specific Training
  • Phase Five – Pre Competition/Competition Training
  • Phase Six – Recovery Phase

Along with purposeful, well-planned training, there are overarching principles that influence the structure of a season. You’ll learn the concepts of speed training such as periodization, overload, variation and continuity as well as many other topics that Coach Harnden has identified as crucial to achieving success in sprinting.

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Sprinting Smarter, Speed Progression

Lesson Plan

01

Course Introduction: Training for Speed

In order for a sprinter to maximize their potential, they must push themselves as close to the breaking point as possible. Whether that is training for explosiveness, power or endurance, an athlete must strive for top-end speed without getting injured. But sprint training is about much more than completing drills and honing technique. It takes specific training done with the right timing, intensity and focus to achieve top-end speed. Coach Harnden shares his overarching philosophies for fostering speed progression while reducing the risk of injury through a season.

02

Building a Sprint Training Plan

Planning is everything. Disorganized, random training will undoubtedly lead to random results. Ultimately great coaches and athletes know what they need to do to perform well and they deliberately work towards it. There are well-thought-out reasons behind every rep and each moment of recovery. It is that calculated planning and purposeful work that drives progress. In this chapter, Coach Harnden explains his process for creating his season training blueprint.

03

Acceleration Progression 2 & 3 Point Starts

Sprinting is not just running fast. Ultimately, it’s about stride length, stride frequency and force production. So how do you learn to sprint and how should you progress through training? In this chapter, Coach Harnden shares the acceleration complex progression he uses, the technical focus of two-point and three-point starts and common errors.

04

Warm Up and Acceleration Progression

Prior to beginning any training, it’s critical to warm-up your muscles, joints and nervous system to handle the workout ahead. Additionally, attempting to do full sprints without proper progression will lead to injury. Learn Coach Harnden’s approach to the warm-up and speed-work progression through the phases of training.

05

Block Starts Part 1

The block start is the basis for how fast you’ll sprint. It sets-up the rest of the race and is the foundation of building speed through the race. Creating explosive power in the blocks is created through the proper postural angles and triple extension. This chapter outlines how to place the blocks and the form required to attain a solid sprint foundation.

06

Block Starts Part 2

Good sprinters are consistent and that consistency is vital with block starts. In a race, the athlete doesn’t come out of the blocks in a fatigue state so block starts shouldn’t be practiced in a fatigue state. This is why Coach Harnden’s athletes typically only do 5-8 block starts in a training session. However, in order for these block starts to be consistently done well, proper technique is critical. This lesson covers the key technical elements necessary for quality block starts and how to train to achieve them.

07

Block Starts - Focus Points

In this chapter, Coach Harnden explains how to set-up the blocks correctly for each athlete and the focal points of block-start technique.

08

Sprinting Mechanics

An athlete may have been gifted with natural speed, but without working on proper sprint mechanics, they will never reach their full potential. Mastering proper technique is not just necessary to sprint fast but also reduces the risk of injury. In this chapter, Coach Harnden shares the vital technical components of sprinting such as low heal recovery, hip alignment, arm action, ground contact and the common mistakes associated with them.

09

Essential Elements of Speed

To be fast, you have to train at a high level of intensity. You have to lift weights. You have to have explosiveness out of the blocks. You have to be able to perform under pressure during a race. However, there is no single training plan that will work for every athlete. Learn how Coach Harnden builds his training plans to get the best from each athlete.

10

Phase 1: Training to Train

To begin sprint training, you must first build a level of fitness to handle sprint training. In this lesson, learn how Coach Harnden begins the season for new incoming freshmen all the way to seasoned pros.

11

Phase 2: Event Specific Training

After building general fitness in phase 1, you are now ready to train specifically for sprinting. In this chapter, you’ll learn how to structure training as you begin to work on speed.

12

Phase 3: Speed Cycle

Phase three is a speed cycle and specifically designed to make you faster. This lesson outlines the structure, intensity and volume of the training in phase 3.

13

Phase 4: Athlete Specific Training

All athletes have a life outside of sprinting (or they should have one)! Phase 4 is a maintenance phase built around real life. Learn how Coach Harnden structures training around final exams and holidays to maintain the progress made through the previous phases.

14

Phase 5: Pre-Competition/Competition

This is the phase where all the work done in the previous phases is tested and realized. In this chapter, you’ll learn how Coach Harnden plans training for peak performance at specific times.

15

Sprint Training Warm Up

This lesson demonstrates the exercises and focus points of the warm-up Coach Harnden’s athletes do before every workout.

16

Pre Acceleration Drills

Before you begin working on acceleration in a training session, it’s important to get the body primed for good technique and injury prevention. This lesson includes the pre-acceleration drills Coach Harnden’s athletes do to get ready for speed. It also covers some common errors that can lead to poor form when sprinting.

17

Hurdle Drills for Sprinters

Hip movement, flexibility and range of motion are all necessary for speed and injury prevention. This lesson demonstrates some critical hurdle drills that are done nearly every day by Coach Harnden’s athletes to train the hip girdle using the same motions done while sprinting.

18

Plyometrics for Power

Getting the most out of your body and being efficient will allow you to create acceleration through your sprint. This comes from triple extension, stride length and stride frequency. In this chapter, you’ll learn some great drills to work on attaining triple extension and building power/explosiveness and through plyometrics.

19

Pre-Track Work Glute Activation

Prior to starting your track workout, it’s important to warm-up and activate the glutes. These exercises are typically done in the weight/training room before heading to the track. In this lesson, you’ll learn three glute activation exercises that can also help gauge external rotation of the foot, which can indicate that the hips are not square and lead to hamstring injuries.

20

Drills to Develop Form & Stability

Building on the warm-up and pre-acceleration work from the previous lesson, Coach Harnden shares some of the most effective drills for training form, posture, hip alignment and stability. Additionally, ankle joint drills that are done during plyometric workouts to build strength and flexibility are demonstrated.

21

Box Jump Drills

In general, Coach Harnden has athletes do low-level plyometrics during one session (less than 12”) and after a recovery of at least 72 hours, they do higher-level plyometrics. These plyometrics work on the same angles and postures used when sprinting in the blocks and also promote strength and explosive power. In this chapter, these drills are demonstrated and proper progression and energy systems are explained.  

22

Acceleration, Max Velocity & Deceleration

There are three “phases” of a single sprint that are commonly discussed in sprinting. These are the acceleration, max velocity and deceleration phase. In this lesson, Coach Harnden shares the small differences in each phase that make significant differences in a race.

23

Recovery Phase

In a sport with a 1% differentiation between normality and greatness, recovery is key. Recovery is crucial to the foundation of every training cycle and is purposefully built into every phase. This chapter outlines the focus, timing and structure of recovery work done throughout the entire season.

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