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4 Weeks to Your Fastest Leg Speed in Any Sport

Pete Magill


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In SpeedRunner, celebrated running coach Pete Magill reveals his 4-8 week training plan to make any athlete into a faster runner--no matter the sport, age, gender, experience, or goals.

In every sport with running, the difference between the best and the rest is tenths of a second. In running, marathon, track and field, football, soccer, basketball, baseball--simple leg speed makes champions. By targeting the neuromuscular system and strengthening muscle and connective tissues, Magill's SpeedRunner program builds speed, strength, agility, coordination, balance, proprioception, and explosive power so athletes can excel.

Magill developed his SpeedRunner program over decades of experience coaching road running and cross country clubs to 19 USA Track and Field National Masters Championships. As a 5-time USA Masters Cross Country Runner of the Year and multiple American and world age-group record holder himself, Magill is proof that his training methods are effective.

Over the first four weeks of the SpeedRunner program, you'll focus on acceleration, top speed, strength, agility, and energy systems while building the core strength required to support high leg speed. Magill then offers two-week and four-week core strength plans, speed only training, and maintenance sessions to keep your high-end speed. The plans balance training volume and intensity with recovery to ensure rapid, injury-free gains with supplementary work to amplify and maintain your new leg speed and agility.

The bottom line: The ability to run well is a fundamental skill required for success in any sport that includes running. SpeedRunner can transform your running performance.

VeloPress, 9781937715786, 250pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2018

About the Author

Pete Magill is a running coach, accomplished athlete, and contributor to Runner's World, Competitor, and formerly to Running Times. His popular columns, Magill on Masters, The Long Run, and The Performance Page covered training, nutrition, and mental training. As a coach, Magill has led his masters clubs to 19 USATF National Masters Championships in cross country and road racing. Currently a coach with Southern California's Cal Coast Track Club and California Triathlon Club, Magill has worked with athletes of all ages, from youth through masters. He holds multiple American and world age-group records in the sports of track & field and road racing, and he is a 5-time USA Masters Cross Country Runner of the Year. Magill is author of Build Your Running Body and The Born Again Runner.