DeSean Jackson's Fine-Tuned Speed Workout | STACK
X

Become a Better Athlete. Sign Up for our FREE Newsletter.

DeSean Jackson's Fine-Tuned Speed Workout

July 21, 2011

Work smarter, not harder. That’s the speed secret of the NFL’s fastest man, DeSean Jackson of the Philadelphia Eagles [not that we at STACK condemn hard work]. Enhancing his game speed is Jackson's goal each and every off-season. His focus on refining minor details of his sprint mechanics is what makes the All-Pro wide receiver and return man such a big-time threat every time he touches the football.

“I’m constantly reminding myself of certain techniques,” Jackson says. “You always know, but you can always enhance your speed to another level. So I work hard at that, but at the same time, keep things simple for the off-season.”

Jackson’s sprint training starts with a warm-up routine that goes beyond simply preparing his muscles for activity. Comprising movement prep exercises such as Straight-Leg Skip to High Knees and Rhythmic Bounding, the warm-up emphasizes the development and synchronization of Jackson’s speed muscles, making sure they fire explosively and in the right sequence.

“He’s wired correctly, and the reason is because of these warm-up drills,” says Jackson’s speed coach, Gary Cablayan. “With these exercises, we’re making sure everything is warmed up, his timing is good, and he’s ready to fire.”

Once Jackson is firing on all cylinders, he applies his refined sprint mechanics to agility drills and route-running. As he points out, you need more than speed alone to beat the top cover corners in the NFL. It is Jackson’s ability to stop instantly and transfer his energy explosively that keeps defending secondaries off balance and produces his separation speed.

“It’s good to stop on a dime, especially with how fast I’m running, and still be productive, as far as running the route,” Jackson says. “When I’m running at a defender and I’m able to stop automatically, that defender thinks I’m running by him, so that gives me separation to create room to do what I need to do as a wide receiver.”

The result of Jackson’s simple summer speed training: “Basically getting me from the starting point to the end zone. Point me to the end zone and I’m gone.”

Get up to speed with Jackson's training in the videos above, which feature his speed warm-up followed by his  Five-Cone Zigzag Drill and route-running routine.

 

Photo:  German Alegria

Zac Clark
- Zac Clark is STACK Media's Custom Content Manager. Prior to joining STACK in September 2008, he served as an editorial assistant for USA Hockey Magazine...
Zac Clark
- Zac Clark is STACK Media's Custom Content Manager. Prior to joining STACK in September 2008, he served as an editorial assistant for USA Hockey Magazine...
Must See
Derrick Rose Explains How He Stays Positive
Views: 4,401,558
Dashon Goldson: "You Just Gotta Have Heart"
Views: 2,195,013
Why NFL Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson Counts His Blessings
Views: 1,790,507

Featured Videos

Quest for the Ring: University of Kentucky Views: 224,492
Add Core Power for Basketball With Damian Lillard's Med Ball Throws Views: 4,255,154
Path to the Pros 2015: The Journey Begins Views: 26,383
Load More

Resources

STACK Fitness

Everything you need to be fitter than ever

STACK Conditioning

Sport-specific conditioning programs

Coaches and Trainers

Tips and advice for coaches and trainers

Magazine

Latest issues of STACK Magazine

STACK 4W

Women's sports workout, nutrition and lifestyle advice

Gamer

Gaming, entertainment and tech news

Basic Training

Military-style training for athletes

News

Find the latest news relevant to athletes

More Cool Stuff You'll Like

Lengthen Your Stride for Maximum Speed

Track season is knocking on the door, and the pursuit of maximum speed in training and preparation is on. Conventional wisdom states that speed is...

Here's Why Andre Williams' Breakout Performance Was No Fluke

Get the Most Out of Foam Rolling

3 Speed Drills to Help You Sprint Faster and Lower Your 40 Time

12-Week Off-Season Baseball Speed Workout

Build Game-Breaking Speed With This Exercise

Improve Your Football 40 Time During the Season

Previewing the Fastest Draft Prospects of the 2015 NFL Combine

The Off-Season Baseball Speed and Agility Workout Program

Get Faster With the Ultimate Stair Workout

How to Train for Speed in Cold Weather

Acceleration Drills to Increase Speed

Get Faster With 'The .10 Second Difference' From EXOS

ZSeries 10-Minute Workouts: Track Sprints

The Secret to Tom Brady's Newfound Speed

Increase Your Lacrosse Speed With Multi-Directional Exercises

Skipping Drills: The Missing Link From Your Speed Workouts

5 Essential Cross Country Workouts Explained

Get More Explosive Off the Line of Scrimmage Like DeSean Jackson

Stability Training Can Improve Your Agility and Range of Motion

3 Speed Training Essentials You Must Develop to Get Faster

4 Powerful Band Agility Drills

3 Speed Workouts to Improve Your Top-End Sprints

8 Speed Workout Tips to Get Faster

ZSeries 10-Minute Workouts: Multidirectional Run

ZSeries 10-Minute Workouts: The Treadmill Challenge

Burn Your Competition with This Sprint Workout

Ditch the Sprints. Here's How to Build True Sports Speed

8 Positions to Lower Your 40-Yard-Dash Time

STACK Challenge: 300-Yard Shuttle

Sprint Faster With Speed Demons

Speed Plyometrics to Help You Run Faster

Improve Your Footwork to Improve Football Agility

Make Quick and Powerful Cuts Like Adrian Peterson

Improve Your Baseball Speed With This On-Field Workout

3 Simple Tips to Improve Your 40-Yard Dash

Rev Up Your Sprint Training With These Complexes

The Speed Drill That Set Up DeSean Jackson's 64-Yard Touchdown

Build Strength for Baseball and Softball Speed

Soccer Speed and Agility Drills for Women

10 Reasons Why You're Not Getting Faster

The 5 Elements of a Successful Speed Training Program

How to Improve Your Basketball Quickness in 5 Minutes

How to Safely Decelerate Faster

3 Box Drills That Develop True Game Speed

Linear Speed Drills to Improve Athleticism

How to Build First-Step Quickness for Baseball and Softball

5 Ways to Spice Up Your Ladder Drills