3 Techniques to Employ to Run Faster
There are many different reasons why people desire to be faster. You could be currently playing or training for a sport such as football, baseball, track & field, or even just overall athleticism or general health. Regardless of your motivation, training to be able to run or sprint faster has many benefits spread over a very diverse spectrum. Becoming more explosive will improve performance in almost any sport. Improving the body's ability efficiently use a large amount of energy in a very brief period of time is hardly a negative thing. Developing explosiveness could be the difference between you making the team or not. Developing quickness could be the difference between you getting away from the home invader and reaching safety. But whatever your reason, I wrote this article to help you get started and to guide you onto the path towards achieving your specific goal.
1. Learn Sprinting Technique
The difference between a sprinter who knows sprinting technique and one who doesn't is the difference between 1st and 3rd place. This is the most important step to gaining some serious speed. Study, learn, and practice your sprinting starts over and over. The better your sprinting form, the more efficient your training and progress will be.
2. Vary the Distance
When you are training to run or sprint faster, it is essential that you vary the distance of your sprints. For example, don't just sprint 100 yards over and over for weeks at a time. Vary your distances throughout each training session. Do 100 yards, 80 yards, 60 yards, 40 yards, and 20 yards. Changing the distance will help you to improve much faster because every distance places a slightly different stimulus on your muscles and also tests your cardiovascular endurance at different intensities.
3. Vary the Resistance
Employing this training technique will literally double your explosive gains. In my opinion, it is also the most fun. I recommend using a speed chute. Using this technique is especially effective on your shorter distance sprints. This technique not only varies the resistance that you must sprint against, but it also applies the resistance somewhat randomly as it is a parachute and the wind direction and speed will most likely not be exactly the same every time you train.
- Train frequently enough (3-4 days per week)
- Train as intensely as possible (The harder you push, the more you will get out of it.
- Learn to love training (Then it's just fun to do, believe me)
- Be sure to employ these 3 training techniques (technique and form being the most important one.)
- Set daily, weekly, and monthly goals and strive to achieve the highest standard possible.
Final thoughts: Another good idea is to have a training partner time your sprints occasionally. Always be sure to log and keep record of how your workouts go and what you accomplish during them. For example...
100 yards x 3 sprints (Best Time: 25.4 seconds)
80 yards x 3 sprints (Best Time: 18.3 seconds)
60 yards x 3 sprints (Best Time: 12 seconds)
40 yards x 3 sprints (Best Time: 6.6 seconds)
20 yards x 3 sprints (Best Time: 3.4 seconds)
Do this workout log for every session and you will see the progression. Believe me, there is nothing more encouraging than looking back at previous logs and compare your old times to more recent, faster times. Happy Sprinting!
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