Absolute speed is a simple concept, it is the ability to access the full potential of speed. Football Coaches and Scouts are testing absolute speed when they are timing athletes’ 40-yard dash times. Absolute Speed may be developed through a combination of absolute strength, skill and technique, alactic and specific absolute speed training. This narrow window of use limits absolute speed training to a very specific group of sport-specific clients. To gain some insight into applying absolute speed training into program design for functional fitness athletes, be sure to download our free guide Programming Speed Strength and Absolute Speed.
An understanding of absolute speed is valuable for coaches to possess in order to effectively train competitive sport-specific clients. Absolute speed falls on the far side of the Strength Continuum. This area of the continuum is unique because of its sport-specific purposes. Absolute speed while being sport-specific does require a strong base in absolute strength. It is important for coaches to develop a strong understanding of the whole strength continuum and learn how to build programs developing all of the necessary areas. Absolute speed is one example of how the whole Strength Continuum does not apply to all clients. Most clients might not ever leave absolute strength and still see benefits in their overall health. It is important to understand the specific needs of the client and to program accordingly. If you are wanting to learn how to program for the last half of the Strength Continuum, download your free guide to Programming For Speed Strength and Absolute Speed.