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Lee Taft Performance Podcast is the official podcast of Lee Taft Athletic Consulting. Each episode is dedicated to providing the best strength & conditioning information from the world's top coaches to anyone who appreciates the importance of continuing education. The podcasts are brought to you each week by one of the World's Leading Multi-Directional Speed Experts Lee Taft, simply known to many as, “The Speed Guy”. You can count on each podcast delivering high-quality content from experts ...
 
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Coaches often get in their own way when it comes to coaching movement on offense. They have their players cut non-stop. In theory, it sounds great, but what happens is players often are in the ideal spot, and they cut out of it into a more difficult spot. Cutting and moving is about knowing what the job of the defense is. If we know what the defens…
 
We must stop picking drills randomly off the internet. If you know exactly what you are looking for, feel free to use the internet to find it. Basketball coaching is about solving problems, and the drills you select should be an integral part of solving those problems. For more knowledge about basketball performance, visit BasketballSpeedSpecialist…
 
When teaching basketball players a skill, focus on the big rocks to have single attention during the learning phase. If you try to coach all the big rocks and little rocks simultaneously, they can't absorb much of anything. Give them wins every day! For more knowledge about basketball performance, visit BasketballSpeedSpecialist.com…
 
Being a mentor might be the most important aspect of the coaching profession. Basketball coaches need to take this role seriously. Too many coaches take the job for granted and are not the leader players, and staff needs to grow. For more knowledge about basketball performance, visit BasketballSpeedSpecialist.com…
 
Some of the greatest basketball players have never had formal coaching. They learned from the streets! They mastered the game because they stayed on the courts. When we put our practice or training plans together, we need to allow some ugliness to come into the session. The practice must have some live competitive situations where the players must …
 
Deceleration, for a basketball player, has two purposes. The first is to physically train the CNS and muscular system to be able to hand load. The second is to prepare the player for a change of direction and agility as the game unfolds. If you are not highly knowledgeable in these two areas, I highly encourage you to listen and learn. For more kno…
 
When improving the retention of your basketball players, it's essential to give them context. A way to accomplish this is by putting them in a tactical situation to see the need for proper technical footwork. Teaching and learning are best when a connection as to WHY something must be done. For more knowledge about basketball performance, visit Bas…
 
You can't just say you want a better defensive culture, and it will happen. You MUST be willing to create the habits that will ultimately lead to a better culture on defense. Learn some fundamental strategies that can build your team's defensive culture. For more knowledge about basketball performance, visit BasketballSpeedSpecialist.com…
 
Come and enjoy a great talk with Brady Howe, VP of Health and Performance for the Phoenix Suns. Brady shares what it is like to be adaptable and flexible to ensure players get what they need. He also speaks about the value of fundamentals and never allowing those to stray. For more knowledge about basketball performance, visit BasketballSpeedSpecia…
 
In my mind, the most crucial area to prepare a basketball player in is their feet and ankles. If they have the appropriate range of motion and stability in the feet and ankles, they can move efficiently. When the foot quickly strikes the ground, it tells the rest of the body what to do- making it essential to allow the foot and ankle to send the ri…
 
Do you have a philosophy on how you want to train your basketball players for speed? If not, it is vital to create a philosophy with skills that can be practiced daily. Having a philosophy but not building a system to work on that philosophy isn't a successful way to coach. Join me as I share mine and give your ideas on developing yours. For more k…
 
Coaches must stop dominating training with conditioning. This means working in bursts of speed from 1-2 seconds, 3-5 seconds, or possibly 6-7 second bouts. Typically my drills last 1-3 seconds because I am attempting to maximize my players' speed and quickness. If the athletes are faster, they will be faster when tired. Train for speed so your play…
 
It is critical to help communicate between players and coaches - have a language both players and coaches understand. When a coach uses general words, it can often lead to a lack of complete understanding. Using familiar terms to describe the exact movement you want the athlete to complete will give context and clarity. For more knowledge about bas…
 
One of the most frustrating things for me to hear is when coaches yell, "Get Lower"! These two words can kill athletes' lateral quickness. Being low is relative to the play, sport, and individual athletes. Coaches need to pay attention to how our athletes naturally move. Simply telling all players to get lower is a great way to slow them down. For …
 
We know better, but we want to stuff as much into a workout as possible for some reason. If you can do no more than 1-2 skills per speed training workout, your athletes' learning and results will rise. This doesn't mean you can't do many variations of that one skill to add variety and challenge learning... keep it simple, so the athletes leave feel…
 
The problem, I feel, most coaches have with giving the proper rest period to develop speed is they don't feel they can provide that much time. It's all about planning. If you know the athletes will need three minutes to rest between sprints, plan non-compete exercises like balance exercises, partner toss, and catch, quick hand drills, etc., during …
 
There are way too many times when we think we can decide on the footwork pattern the athlete needs to take in a team sports environment. The reality is the athlete subconsciously will choose a footwork pattern that accomplishes the task and solves the mass and momentum problem. You can't afford to miss this show - You need to understand how footwor…
 
It is essential to understand the difference between change of direction training and deceleration training. Deceleration training typically deals with stopping and not going in a new direction. Change of direction training must deal with amortization forces that position the body differently than just stopping. In my opinion, it is critical for pe…
 
The backpedal is so critical on many levels. It allows us to have a great evaluation tool and strategy to challenge the athletes. We look to challenge the toe, foot, and ankle for the lower body and quad and hip function. The backpedal can also be intertwined with the 180 Series to challenge the body and spatial awareness.…
 
This podcast is a teaching tool for the various methods, strategies, and principles I have used to build my speed and performance model and systems. Let's dive into the 7 Movement Patterns that should be the foundation for all athletic development programs. These 7 Patterns are fundamentals that allow the more sport-specific movement skill to becom…
 
VJ Stanley, Founder of Balanced Excellence, is a world of knowledge. He shares his approach to making youth sports fun again. Coach Stanley dives into how learning is not being approached the right way for young minds to develop and why pressure is driving kids away from the sport because the fun is gone. If you are involved with youth sports, I hi…
 
This topic will be around for the long haul! Self-Organization is one of the polarizing topics that keep the conversation going. As I see it, the problem is we do not have enough coaches to distinguish the difference between "facility" training and preparing athletes to perform on the field and court. They want their likes to go up on social media,…
 
Judah Boulet brings a vast amount of experience to this week's show. A performance coach and business owner, he merged his experiences and has become a business coach specializing in helping start-up businesses find the resources that help them become successful. Coach Boulet and I sit down the other day for a fascinating conversation. I was so int…
 
A great all-around coach, Brian Harrington delivers beneficial advice and direction by sharing how his system works, cultivating a winning "team"- his staff, the importance of treating athletes with respect, and how he includes mentoring his youth athletes in his program. Coach Harrington thrives on being an example of how his athlete can be the be…
 
It was such a pleasure to have Coach Mike Robertson on the show. Mike is one of the top professionals and has impacted the "game" by helping his clients and athletes from all walks of life achieve their physique and sports performance goals. Our conversations led to Mike diving into his systems, coaching strategies, why having a model to coach from…
 
Coach Dallas Price, owner and founder of Rock Fitness in Toronto, Canada, shares pure gold in the episode. She is a very talented performance coach, as well as a Rugby coach. Coach Price shares her passion for both, not to mention her athletic exploits. Dallas explains how she blends keeping her young female rugby players healthy while challenging …
 
One of the most accomplished S&C coaches in the profession, Coach Raph Ruiz shares his methods and concepts behind his training methods. I have followed Coach Ruiz for years, and he inspires me to challenge my thinking of why I do what I do. Make sure you take the time to listen with a notebook in-hand. Taking notes is a must!…
 
If you don't know who coach Casey Wheel is, you definitely don't want to miss this show. He is such a talented performance coach with a great vision of what training should be. In this podcast, we dive deep into movement and agility. Casey discusses how he places his athletes in a position where decision-making drives his coaching. He reads what th…
 
What an honor for me to have Jen Taft, Associate Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at St. Louis University! And of course, super honored because she is my niece and keeping the Taft sports name alive and well! Jen shares such a great story of perseverance as she chases her dream in strength and conditioning. She also talks about how she has hand…
 
A homerun show! Kyle Dobbs is one of the best performance professionals and business mentors I have ever met. Coach Dobbs delivered so much impactful information into this episode - this is a multiple-time listen. He shares many topics - from the behavioral aspects of performance to the body's positions that cause a specific effect, and he even tou…
 
This week's show is a must-listen! Dr. Michelle Boland explains in-depth her 5-principles for coaching, which are so important on many levels. She discusses the importance of having a coach and mentor for support towards your reaching goals. Michelle dives deep into how posture and position dictate function and how to apply both to acceleration or …
 
Coach Joshua Martin of MVP Academy in Kapaa, Hawaii, shares his unique academy and how he develops youth athletes' to reach beyond their athletic potential. This interview will give you a totally different perspective as to our purpose as coaches. Joshua's heart is all about helping these athletes become better people as well as healthier athletes.…
 
Courtney Delks and James Lujan break down the power of training athletes online using a specific model. During this time of Covid19, they each share their perspective on how athletes need to stay strong, fast, and athletic and using an online model. Courtney talks about how important it is for athletes to develop a powerful mindset of not making ex…
 
Dr. Any Galpin shares his knowledge and experience on breakthroughs with breathing and how it can positively support performance in athletes and clients. Dr. Galpin also tells his thoughts on deceleration and its impact on connective tissue. There are a lot of take-a-ways you won't want to miss!
 
This episode is with one of the most exciting young coaches who has made a tremendous impact on the private sector and is now leaving his mark with a Division 1 football team. Cameron Josse shares what it is like dealing with larger groups at the college level, how sprinting is so impactful for performance, and so many other knowledgeable aspects o…
 
Jonas Dodoo is one of the premier sprint coaches in the world delivered loads of amazing information during this podcast. He went deep into the phases of acceleration, why foot position, ankle stiffness, and timing are critical parts of being great at accelerating and staying healthy. And, he didn't stop at just these topics. Jonas delivered a lot …
 
Garrett Buschjost shares his process of being a strength and conditioning coach in a large high. He breaks down his system, programming, and scheduling. This isn't always an easy job, but he explains it in such a wonderful way for you to understand the process. Garrett is an outstanding young coach on the road to a building a very successful progra…
 
Spent a few minutes with a couple of female basketball players who happen to share my last name. I decided to inviting my two daughters, and point guards, to take a few minutes to about how it was playing for their dad. You will be surprised at what they revealed. They shared an up close and personal account of their experience training with their …
 
Diane Vives is one of the great instructors in the fitness progression. She will breakdown the importance of posture and position as it relates to sound and safe movement. Diane talks about the importance of having a screening system like the FMS to give opportunities to improve movement and performance. Must listen!…
 
What a honor to have a very talented young strength coach share his speed development program. Mike Tucker is a strength coach at Villinova University and is doing some amazing work with his athletes. Listen as he breaks down the Hi-Lo system, why aerobic capacity is important, and how he uses change of direction and agility training when training …
 
One characteristic of great coaches is the willingness to devote large amounts of time to learning and always striving to be better. Ryan Hopkins, owner of Soho Strength Lab, is the perfect example of that. Listen to his diverse knowledge and how he uses it to improve the performance of his clients!
 
The head strength and conditioning coach for the Denver Broncos and owner of Landow Performance stopped by to deliver a clinic! Coach Loren Landow is highly sought after for his ability to analyze and correct biomechanics. In this podcast, he share so much gold that you will have pages full of notes. Listen in as coach talks about the foot, positio…
 
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