No company is better suited to help players develop their speed than Gill Athletics, the largest manufacturer of track and field equipment in the United States. Gill Athletics’ Sports Performance division is uniquely set up to help football coaches increase the speed of their athletes.
OVER THE LAST 10 to 15 years, the innovators at Gill Athletics have tracked a philosophical shift in football offseason conditioning. The emphasis during this time was focused on power development in the weight room. Players were getting bigger and more explosive, but teams wanted more game speed on the field. Gill Athletics has looked to bridge the gap from the weight room to the field with a selection of football training products.
“In 2016, what’s old is new again,” said Karl Geissler, Sales Manager at Gill Athletics. “The strength and conditioning market recognized that actual game speed has been neglected. Athletes and coaches fell in love with the weight room. The teams that are doing well right now have really good strength coaches that embrace the values of track and field.”
Gill Athletics offers products that not only help athletes improve in basic combine tests like the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, bench press and agility tests, but also play with more game speed. The PowerMax Push/Pull Sled is an innovative speed development sled that can be used by players at any position. Gill Athletics has created adjustable handles so that players can simulate positions they encounter during games. Linemen can move the handles inside to create leverage, while skill positions players can adjust the handles for more realistic applications of game situations. The front handle allows for a low power push, and it comes with straps and harness for various pulling and acceleration drills.
The Power Pad provides a low-impact, energy-absorbing surface for players to increase speed and power through sprints, jumps, hops and other plyometric drills. The absorption of the pad magnifies the intensity of any upright drill or exercise, but the soft surface reduces the amount of strain placed on joints which in turn improves recovery time.
The PowerMax Football Trainer simulates a situation in which opponents attempt to strip the ball from a ball-carrier. With a football attached to a tether stretch cord, coaches can attempt to pull or jerk the football from a player’s carry position as he runs.
The Electronic Vertical Jump Tester is a product that can be used at any camp or combine to measure a player’s vertical leap. The product provides digital, downloadable data so an athlete can track his improvement.
“It is exciting that speed is back in vogue in football,” Geissler said. “Whether it’s because of the increased popularity of the spread offense or everyone catching up in power, it’s the best way to separate your team. We are led by a cadre of athletes with extensive experience in NCAA Division 1 and International/Olympic athletics. We have a great understanding of the relationship of speed in sport. These products will help teams improve their overall game speed.”
FOR MORE THAN 95 YEARS, GILL ATHLETICS HAS BEEN THE WORLD’S LARGEST MANUFACTURER OF QUALITY ATHLETIC EQUIPMENT FROM MAJOR FACILITY INSTALLATIONS FOR TRACK AND FIELD, FOOTBALL AND SOCCER.