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  • Writer's pictureRon McKeefery

IGCT Episode #211: Tommy Christian - "Make It So The Don't Want To Let You Down"


Tommy Christian is the Owner and Director of Training for TCBOOST Sports Performance, a leading speed development focused sports performance organization located in the Chicagoland area. He started his sports performance career at Northwestern University as the Assistant Director of Strength & Conditioning (2000-2002). His role expanded to take over all the speed development duties for the football program and under his first season in this role, the team saw an average decrease in 40 yd times of .15 seconds.

Tommy broke off from NU to begin the process of growing TCBOOST in 2002, although he has continued to aid as a contract coach and speed consultant for NU football ever since. Over the past 17 years, Tommy has trained more than 600 Division 1 athletes, 160 players for the NFL Draft, 8 NFL Pro-Bowl players and over 40 other professional athletes ranging from the NFL, NBA, MLB, WNBA and Rugby Union. Tommy is the former starting inside linebacker for the Wildcats under Coach Gary Barnett (1992). During his playing career at Northwestern he was the top Iron Cat point winner for his combination of speed, strength, explosiveness, and stamina.

A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Tommy also holds the Etcheberry Certification for Tennis as well as the Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC) credential. Pairing an extensive athletic background and coaching experience with a degree in mechanical engineering, Tommy has a uniquely analytical and outside the box approach to developing speed and performance in athletes of all ages.


In This Episode We Discuss:

  • What experience in his journey impacted him the most, and Why.

  • Biggest mistake he has made and how he learned from it.

  • What common mistakes he see with athletes speed mechanics.

  • Best tactics to develop speed in a group setting.

  • Three things he did early to grow his business.

  • Best piece of coaching advice he has ever received.

  • His favorite quote, Book/App/Website recommendation.

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