Weight lifting is often very general, and mainly hypertrophy, developing the wrong muscle fibres for speed and power development. This should be used for a short time period but most coaches don’t fully understand periodization and stay on this hypertrophy period too long, leaving the players with a feeling of heavy legs and sluggishness rather than sharpness and power.
Training volumes and intensities are critical when coaching an athlete for a specific role. With Adequate recoveries between sprints, drills, plyometrics and lifts everyone can benefit from the correct training and become faster athletes and improve specific/relevant fitness.
Do you want your club to get one step ahead of its rivals, or will you sit back and watch other clubs tap into the most up to date training methods?
Paul is a student of the sport. He has worked with top local coach Bill Kelly for 10 years now. He has also travelled to America, were he worked with world leading figures in speed training Loren Seagrave and Paul Doyle. This enabled Paul to learn the most scientific and up to date speed training techniques.
Paul has helped local athlete Chris Quinn qualify and compete over the 400 meter hurdles event in the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing. Add to that he has also helped athlete Jason Harvey qualify and compete over the 400 meter hurdles event in the 2012 European Senior Athletics Championships in Helsinki. Paul coaches a small group ofthree athletes Jason Harvey(400mh) Curtis Woods (400m) and Ben Maze (400m) all looking to reach the u23 European Championships 2013.
Whilst bringing new ideas to the training ground Paul can help to improve athletes of any sport requiring speed, speed endurance, strength and power, suppleness, agility, reaction time, acceleration, technique and specific fitness.
When coaching Rugby, Gaelic, Hockey and soccer clubs Paul looks at the physical requirements to each sport, and each position within the sport and adopts appropriate training sessions to develop these physical assets.
Quite often a team focuses almost solely on fitness and neglects development of speed which is crucial to any position. Players adapt and become able to carry out long hard training sessions, endurance capacities mainly in the form of slow twitch fibres are developed. Then when the player gets on the pitch they are no faster and thus no more match fit than they were before the implementation of their training regime.