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How to Become a Faster Running Athlete

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Improving your running speed can be done but it takes dedication and consistency. With training and a few changes in their running technique, any athlete can drastically improve their overall sprinting speed and become a better athlete. Read more to learn valuable tips that will help you run faster and take your athletic ability to another level.

The fastest way a athlete can improve their running speed is through training their explosiveness. If you train to be explosive then you will improve your ability to fire your quick twitch fibers and propel yourself farther and at a faster rate when you are sprinting. The best way to train to be a more explosive athlete is through performing plyometric exercises and olympic lifts. The best exercises to perform are box jumps and power cleans. These exercises develop the explosiveness and raw power needed for sprinting faster. For a more thorough explanation on how to perform these exercises, go to www.stack.com and type the exercise names into the search engine.

Relaxing your muscles and focusing on trying to propel as far and as fast as you can from point A to point B will also help you run faster. Tensing your muscles up while you sprint will make you run slowerbecause this doesn't allow your body to run at it's optimal speeds.You run faster when you are relaxed.Also, focusing on taking longer strides while running relaxed will significantly improve an athlete's running speed. A tip that may help you relax when you run that I personally use, is smiling when you run. This will help your face and body muscles relax.

Flexibility is crucial in speed development. Tight muscles have no place on any athletic playing field. Flexibility training will help an athlete elongate their stride length and enable them to take longer strides which equals to more ground covered with each stride and a faster athlete. The most important muscle groups to focus on when it comes toflexibility trainingare the hip flexors, hamstrings, calves, and the quadricep muscles. The hip flexors are by far the most important muscle group to stretch. They control how long an athlete's stride length is. Therefore, you should aim to stretch your hip flexors everyday. Doing so will result in a longer stride length over time.

Lastly, weight training should be incorporated into any athlete's speed development program. Training for speed through weight training is important as well. Athletes should focus on exercises that target the muscle groups used primarily during running. Exercises like squats, lunges, hyperextensions, and leg curls are just some of the important exercises an athlete should be performing in order to increase their power and improve their running speed through this increased power. It is important when performing these exercises to focus on moving the weight as fast as possible but under control too! Visualize yourself exploding with the weight during the exercise.

In conclusion, with proper training and consistency any athlete can improve their running speed. So what are you waiting for? Get to training.

Good Luck!



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