Speed Training

Radically Improve 40 Yard Dash Times

VertiMax Speed Training for Athletic Performance

The VertiMax athletic performance training equipment provides a revolutionary solution for developing athletic speed potential.  VertiMax is the world leader providing training systems for explosive athletes in any sport from youth to professional athletes. VertiMax changed the way resistance bands work so you can stretch them over 40 yards without resistance radically increasing.  Our patented band technology has opened up a whole new speed training dimension for athletic speed development and performance. The resistance band technology in the VertiMax V8 platforms and the portable VertiMax Raptor systems enable the athlete to load at high speeds while keeping training resistance stable over long distances.  Athletes continue accelerating and reach higher training speeds without the resistance band increasing.  Conventional bands would increase resistance over the longer distance causing the athlete to slam on the brakes rather than continuing to train.  


Why VertiMax is a Great Speed Training System

Speed development is essential for almost all sports.  Most ground-based sports involve acceleration and deceleration on the horizontal plane. With the vast majority of our competitive movement on the horizontal plane, training on that horizontal plane with resistance at sports specific movements and speeds is important. Speed training on the horizontal plane can be more relevant and effective towards improving athletic performance than pushing weights up and down on the vertical planes.  See how high-speed training with the VertiMax Raptor helps transfer those strength gains to the field of play in the following video.  Find the Why VertiMax Raptor EX Speed Training transcript here.  




How Does VertiMax Help Increase an Athlete's Speed? 

Optimal development of athletic speed and power is achieved by maximizing the rate at which muscular force can be generated. The faster an athlete can generate force, the more explosive an athlete will be. As an athlete’s explosive power increases, so will their ability to speed up and jump. However, it is very important to note that the strength an athlete develops in the weight room will not effectively translate to explosive power in competition unless low velocity power lifting is combined with light-load high speed explosive training. The VertiMax revolutionary loading technique simultaneously loads and increases power in both the ground contact and airborne phases of the running motion for a much more effective speed development.  If you speed train conventionally with an elastic band attached to the waist, the primary muscles you’re overloading are the quad glute in the drive phase that’s when the foot is in contact with the ground driving.  When the foot breaks contact with the ground and starts the forward airborne motion or the knee drive portion of the recovery phase, that band attached to the waist can apply any load to the hip flexors, which are vital to drive the thigh upward pulling the leg and foot through the air to the next ground strike.  The power development of the hip flexor was not addressed during previous high speed training because until now we’ve had no way to load it while sprinting. The VertiMax band technology loads above the knee so the quad, glute, and calf are loaded in the drive phase, as the athlete pulls against two or three bands. But for the first time, we can now overload the hip flexors in the recovery phase because the instant the foot breaks contact with the ground the hip flexors have to work harder pulling the leg forward through the air to the next ground strike because of the resistance pulling on the thigh just above the knee.


Who Can Use VertiMax for Speed Training?

VertiMax’s advanced resistance technology allows athletes of all ages to train in the horizontal plane with loads on specific areas of the body that result in extraordinary athletic performance improvements. VertiMax technology is used by leading world class Olympic athletes, professional athletes, and college, high school, and youth sports athletes. VertiMax is not only used by the leading sports teams, coaches, trainers and athletes use it for fitness and sports training at home, in gyms, fitness centers, and studio around the world. VertiMax improves performance on the field and off like no other sports performance equipment in the world. Watch the video to learn more about VertiMax and why it is used and trusted by so many leading coaches, trainers, and athletes. 


Which VertiMax System Should You Use for Speed Training? 

VertiMax V8 Platform for speed training The Vertimax V8 system is the most advanced system developed to allow athletes to engage in effective light-load, high speed training that optimally promotes rapid force production to maximize explosive power and speed. The V8 system provides eight adjustable load resistance bands enabling athletes to load up to eight individual locations on their body simultaneously for optimal sports specific performance development.  Check out this YouTube video:  Why VertiMax V-Series Platforms are Great Training Tools.  

VertiMax V8 EX for speed training  The V8 EX “Extended Range” Platform extends off-platform training distances out to 60 feet.  The V8 EX is designed to help train for the longer distance allowing the athlete to reach much higher resisted training speeds.  The ability to train at higher velocities with consistent resistance will stimulate the athlete’s neurological and muscular systems to work collectively.  This will help develop more output power at higher speeds, which translates to  “Speed Strength”. If you are looking at improving top end speed, the V8 EX provides a significant advantage over the V8 due to higher achievable resisted training velocities. 

VertiMax Raptor Dual Band speed training The VertiMax Raptor System is portable resistance training weighing only 15 pounds that allows athletes to train on the go.  The VertiMax Raptor Dual Band system has two cords with a training range of 0-20 yards each.  The lightweight Raptor system utilizes the patented VertiMax Elastic Training technology to develop athletic speed and strength.  Raptor provides a mobile solution for teams and individuals by quickly attaching to walls and fences, inside a facility, or out on the field.  It provides athletes to train with resistance out to 45 yards.  Check out this You Tube video:  Why VertiMax Raptor Dual Band is a Great Portable Training  

Vertimax Raptor EX speed training  The VertiMax Raptor EX has one extra long band which can be used to train distances over 40 yards.  By being able to reach top speed for longer distances, this will have a direct impact to your top end speed gains. Not only will it increase linear speed, but also lateral speed, change of direction and sport specific moves. The Raptor EX can be used individually to place one point of resistance on an athlete, or it can be combined with multiple Raptor EX units to become a dynamic training system, providing up to three points of minimally varying resistance over long distances to truly maximize speed gains.  Check out this YouTube Video:  Why VertiMax Raptor Ex is a Great Speed Training Device 


Speed Training Drills

 Check out these links to speed training drills to improve your athletic performance.

7 Speed Training Drills you Should be Doing – Check out this article for speed training drills and videos you can integrate into your speed training program to become a more explosive, speed dominant athlete.

1.  Banded One Step Drill Performed from a 2 or 3 Point Stance

2.  Varying Distance Build Up to Wicket Run or Low Hurdle Run

3.  PVC Overhead Run

4.  Run to Acceleration

5.  Sled a March - A Run

6.  A-Skips

5 Dynamic Drills to Improve Speed & Acceleration - Advanced Speed Training YouTube Video – increase sprint speed and run faster 


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"The biggest thing is the flexibility and functionality - its easier to move around we can move wherever we want. - some athletes use every day for warm-up sessions. this is a great tool for any level. Giving us the same level of resistance and at the same time, you can actually coach when using this system."

-Satoshi Ochi head strength and conditioning for USTA

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