EP. 084

Lee Taft – 084


Known to most simply as “The Speed Guy”, Lee is regarded as one of the top athletic movement specialists in the world. Over the past 30 years he has devoted most of his time training multi-directional speed to all ages and ability. He has been the ‘go to’ speed training expert for everyone from NFL organizations and Wimbledon champions to up and coming youth athletes.

He’s a sought-after presenter, sharing multi-directional speed methods at Perform Better events, the MLB, the NFL Combine Seminar, the NBA Strength & Conditioning Coaches Workshop and hundreds of other events. 

But above all else, Lee is a teacher and coach and his in-the-trenches, proven protocols for developing faster athletes, made specifically for coaches are game changers and will finally give you the speed development system you need.

Show Notes:

Websites and Social Media Links

Website – leetaft.com

Facebook – Lee Taft

Twitter – @LeeTaft

Instagram – leetaft

YouTube – Lee Taft Athletic Consulting

Podcast – Complete Sports Performance Podcast

Books Mentioned:

Make it Stick


Lee’s Book Recommendations

Any Given Monday: Sports Injuries and How to Prevent Them for Athletes, Parents, and Coaches – Based on My Life in Sports Medicine

The Athletic Skills Model

The Anatomy Coloring Book

People and Resources mentioned:

Gale Sayers

Michael Jordan


Bill Hartman

Mike Boyle

Al Vermeil

Cal Dietz

Chris Korfist

Frans Bosch


Shawn Myszka

Newells – Model of Constraints

JB Morin

Stu McGill

Ryan Lee

Lee Taft’s Low Box Training for Athletes

John Wooden

Phil Jackson

Steve Jobs

Kobe Bryant

Scottie Pippen


Galileo Galilei

Michael Jordan

Dennis Rodman

Michael Phelps

Eric Cressey

Tom Myslinski

Dave Puloka

Ken Ford


Brendan Egan

Joe Gomes

The Venus Project

Jacque Fresco

Roxanne Meadows

Elliot Hulse

Vern Gambetta

Pat Beith

Athletes Acceleration 


0:00 – 6:35 – Robbie intro’s the show and asks Lee about his background

6:36 – 9:42 – Robbie asks Lee about the application process for his mentorship program

9:43 – 15:09 – Robbie asks Lee for his thoughts on optimizing a learning environment for the development of linear and multi-directional speed

15:10 – 21:24 – Robbie asks Lee how he diagnoses a movement issue with an athlete?

21:25 – 26:26 – Robbie asks Lee if he thinks that some coaches over prescribe strength training to “fix” speed deficits?

26:27 – 35:39 – Robbie and Lee discuss how training modalities, nutritional inputs, and mental coping strategies that were beneficial at a certain time point in an individual’s life, can end up be detrimental at another time point in an individual’s life.

35:40 – 42:15 – Robbie asks Lee for his thoughts on as been known as the “Speed Guy”

42:16 – 52:22 – Robbie asks Lee for his model for coaching linear and multi-directional speed

52:23 – 54:49 – Robbie asks Lee how he deals with mechanical issues with his athletes?

54:50 – 1:00:44 – Robbie and Lee talk about how a lot of Lee’s work is very similar to that of Frans Bosch’ work

1:00:45 – 1:01:44 – Robbie asks Lee what is he currently reading?

1:01:45 – 1:03:36 – Robbie asks Lee how he learns?

1:03:37 – 1:10:32 – Robbie asks Lee, if he could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why?

1:10:33 – 1:16:32 – Robbie asks Lee where people can find out more about him and his work, and what he has going on in 2020?

1:16:33 – 1:18:31 – Robbie wraps up the show!