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Part 1/5: How To Get Fast The Easiest Way Possible

By Alex On March 23, 2011 2 Comments

I thought he was kidding.

I mean…he had to be, right?

But no, he wasn’t cracking a smile…maybe.. he was serious?

Hmm….this could be interesting.

It was a cool January weekend in Vegas, where I was hanging out with some other “fitness friends” for chatting, partying and eating (but seriously, it was mainly eating, ask Taylor Allan, he watched me scarf down 42 oz. of steak and chicken, plus 2 orders of grilled asparagus in one sitting).

But I was just chilling out here, with my man Craig Ballantyne.

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I’ve known CB for a little over 2 years now and in the time of our friendship, there were 2 things I had learned:

1. When he told you to do something, you listened.

2. When he told you anything, there was an 86% chance he was being sarcastic.

Interacting with Mr. Ballantyne…always an exciting challenge.

So we’re sitting there and he had just told me,” You should write the biggest, baddest, most interesting/ridiculous blog post of all time..make it the blog post of a lifetime.”

Now I’ve written some pretty lengthy and solid blog posts in my time but I knew what he meant — I had never written that one.

The one that gets people talking and discussing and causing controversy and teaching a ton and all that good stuff.

So with that challenge set in front of me by someone I respect and trust like Craig, I had but one choice: Crush. It.

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33 Surefire Ways To Increase Your Vertical Jump

By Alex On November 17, 2010 2 Comments

I just finished watching that movie with Vince Vaughn and Jason Bateman, “Couples Retreat”.

It was pretty good — one of the characters reminded me of those people who always talk about what they want without ever taking it seriously or working at it — those kinds of people can be hard on people like us, who work harder than anyone.

But we don’t need to talk about that right now.

What we should be talking about is the vertical jump and dunking.

Now jumping high and dunking will always be that elusive unicorn we’re constantly trying to bag because:

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The Truth About Quickness Insider’s System 2.0

By Alex On September 15, 2010 2 Comments

The world’s BEST-selling speed and quickness training system is coming back BETTER than ever very, very soon.. (goosebumps..). Enjoy:

-Alex
The Truth About Quickness Insider’s System 2.0


The BIG Myth About Speed And Explosiveness!

By Alex On May 22, 2010 40 Comments

So there it is, the BIG myth about explosiveness and power.

If you’re a basketball, baseball, football or a soccer player (actually, any sport that you gotta be super fast and quick for), focus on the main message in the video and watch your results SKYROCKET.

Also, here’s a link I found for you if you want to read a little more about CAT (compensatory acceleration training): Compensatory Acceleration Training.

Remember, that’s the key to gaining BOTH strength and speed at the SAME time.

Talk to you in the Comments Section, right?

Heh,

Alex

PS – If you’re using FireFox and can’t view the video, try Safari or Internet Explorer (we’re getting it fixed for FF users right now!).

And if you have neither, here’s a nifty little page for you to view the video no matter WHAT browser you’re using:

The BIG Myth About Speed And Explosiveness!


Making The Speed Triad Work For You!

By Alex On March 3, 2010 15 Comments


On Tuesday, we went over all the reasons why you MUST address the Speed Triad and its 3 key sections when it comes to YOU getting faster, specifically for the 40-Yard Dash (or the 60-yard dash too).

When I first started training for the 40 after Cory challenged my motivated ass, I found a MILLION different ways to train for the 40: different techniques, different exercises, different workouts, different training schedules, different everything.

I started at the top of the list and began to try and test out all the best ones, until the ones that seemed to work the best and most often rose to the top and all the other stuff began to get DROPPED. But along the way…

…I noticed a pattern in what worked and what didn’t.

What exercises needed to be in there and what wasn’t necessary…

What techniques needed to be in there and which ones actually slow you down…

What stretches need to be in there and what muscle do NOT need to be stretched…

What things need to be said, and what things need to be focused on most.

And I was able to put it all together in a cool little system I call “The Speed Triad” that allowed me and everyone who uses it to seriously decrease their own 40-yard dash. I want to show you now how you can use it for your own workouts and training…

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Why You MUST Address The Speed Triad For A Faster 40-Yard Dash…

By Alex On March 1, 2010 4 Comments

Quick story:

“Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned.

The second mouse, wouldn’t quit. He struggled so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter and crawled out.

Gentlemen, as of this moment, I am that second mouse.”

Frank Abignale, Catch Me If You Can

I first heard that story in one of my favorite movies, “Catch Me If You Can”…it’s powerfully delivered by supporting actor superstar Christopher Walken and with it comes a great lesson.

I really find it really interesting though when I think about that second mouse and running the 40-yard dash (or any athletic endeavor for that matter).

The way I see it, to drastically improve your 40-yard dash time, you have 2 options:

1. Be like the second mouse, and fight, kick and push your way until you get your 40 time down to a respectable number (which is going to take insane amounts of effort, time and patience — the last 2 being things I personally always seem to be running short on)

2. Be like the third mouse.

The THIRD Mouse?

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Speed Training For Sports

By Alex On December 6, 2009 No Comments

I’m sitting in here at Barnes and Noble right now cranking out this blog post and I have to say, I’m really impressed with the set-up they have here.

There’s a whole series of large, open desks with soothing, calm music playing, not to mention the nice aroma of coffe beans and “new book smell” all around…I think I just found my new “get lots of work done in a short amount of time” spot (I guess it’s fairly obvious at this point the smaller, overlooked things like this make me happy, LOL).

OK, enough of that, let’s talk about getting you super-duper athletic.

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The Number One Mistake (and my damaging realization)…

By Alex On October 5, 2009 3 Comments

Wow, this is big…

It all started just about a month ago (this story is game-changing, and more *real* details are coming later, but this part is crucial). I was answering some emails from athletes all over the globe: A soccer player from Finland, a baseball player from Nevada, a basketball player from Germany (why doesn’t anyone from the Caribbean ever email me and invite me to come visit, by the way?).

So like I said, I was answering all these different “athletic training” questions about getting faster, jumping higher, adding muscle, getting stronger, getting more flexible…everything under the sun.

But I started to notice a pattern as I started getting deeper and deeper into my inbox. It seemed like most of these athletes biggest problem wasn’t their exercise selection or diet or anything like that…it was bigger, and A LOT worse:

They couldn’t stay focused and stick to a plan, completely MISSING OUT ON LOTS OF RESULTS.

They’d find a workout program, do it for a couple weeks, then find another one that looked “more fun” and jump to that one. Then, they’d read something in a magazine that had to be their “magic potion” and they’d jump to that program…they were Stage 5 “Program Jumpers”!

And all of their jumping around was leaving them without any results, any gains and accomplishing nothing…it left them “frozen solid” in the same place.

Then, I spoke to a Platinum Athletic Coaching Client of mine who had gotten loose and done some program jumping of his own (that is a “chock-full-of-secrets” story that I am going to reveal THIS Thursday)!

All of this truly shocked the heck out of me (was I seriously this out of the loop?). Athletes, literally WORLDWIDE, were and are missing out on GINORMOUS RESULTS because they didn’t and don’t stick to a plan…

…so armed with this brand-new realization, I knew I had to find a solution.

I racked my brain.

I talked to my colleagues and mentors.

I called my old college coaches.

And then I racked my brain some more….and one night, lying restlessly in my bed (just a few weeks ago now), I discovered the breakthrough solution I had been looking for.

And now I’m almost ready to get it to YOU.

It’s so darn exciting because it solves so many of these damaging solutions I’ve been seeing:

-It doesn’t force you to stick to the plan, it defies common sense and actually makes YOU WANT TO stay focused (so, so, SO cool)

-It challenges you to make DRASTIC, DRASTIC improvements (in a very short amount of time)

-It gets stunning results time and time again (in minimal amounts of time)

-It viciously knocks out all of those “routine, mundane” workouts you’ve been rotting through

And I am almost ready to release it to you, but not quite yet…

…we’re putting some final touches on the new webpage that’ll tell you more about it, and we’re also trying really hard to figure out just how many copies of this bad-boy we should release….but like I said, be ready on Thursday, I’m going to tell you all about that story of my own Platinum Athletic Client who was “Program Jumping” (not embarrassing for me, let’s call it a “lesson learned”!).

This is exciting…

-Alex


What’s Your Speed Bump…

By Alex On September 25, 2009 15 Comments

Thursday’s always bring some interesting revelations for me…

I found myself last night discussing some intense psychology stuff with a couple friends. If you knew me personally, you’d know how interested I was in the psychological aspects of not just training, but life in general: Social dynamics, human influence and body-language related stuff all dominate my bookshelf when I’m not reading about training.

Anyways, like I said, I was discussing some deep psychological ideas last night. We were talking about how certain people can learn to associate different feelings and emotion with almost anything, and when they hear, see or feel this “thing”, those emotions can be brought to the forefront.

Easy Example #1- You’re driving in your car, and all of the sudden

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I Have No Time For Speed…

By Alex On September 8, 2009 6 Comments

It’s getting colder up here in Michigan, and today kinda feels like the day where the switch was flipped and it’s going to continue to get cooler and cooler…

…oh well, at least we have speed, quickness and free gifts to keep us happy.

Depressing weather aside, today I’m going to answer another question from one of our very own Game Speed VIP subscribers.

It’s from Claude, and he wants to know about getting faster, quicker and more agile WITHOUT going to the gym:

“Hey Alex,

What do you recommend I do if I want to increase my quickness and explosion but I don’t have enough time in the day to use the gym?

-Claude”

COOL. Good question Claude, and a problem I am SURE a lot of people out there struggle with…

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