Sprint Training — speed training

Sprint Training: What Surfaces Should You Train On?

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Sprint Training: What Surfaces Should You Train On?

Sprint Training On Different Surfaces While discussions about training workload progressions are commonplace, rarely do people talk about how their use of different training surfaces change over time. Should you run on the track all year, or should you use grass or turf? Because surfaces differ in their firmness, consistency, and rebound, athletes can use variations in surfaces as a way to add variability to their program, to constrain certain physical outputs, and to bring a slightly different feel to the training that we perform on a daily basis. Pro Sprinters Use Grass Usain Bolt and other Jamaican sprinters are...

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Complex Contrast Training Methods - The Best Training Methods For Sprinters & Speed Power Athletes

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Complex Contrast Training Methods - The Best Training Methods For Sprinters & Speed Power Athletes

Complex and Contrast Training Methods for Sprinters & Speed Power Athletes Today we are going to cover what I see as the best approach to strength training for sprinters or other speed/power athletes. We’re going to talk about the complex method and contrast training, how it works, why it is superior to traditional resistance training, and how you can start implementing it into your own training program.When you set out to implement a training program with the intent of improving sprinting performance, it can be daunting in that there are so many ways to train. Should you lift heavy? Should...

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Fix Your Shin Splints - Heal & Prevent Shin Splints | Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome

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Fix Your Shin Splints - Heal & Prevent Shin Splints | Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome

What are shin splints? If you’ve ever stepped onto the track, only to feel your lower legs throbbing with every step, it is likely you’ve experienced one of the injuries that are commonly referred to as shin splints. Typically referred to as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, shin splints are a chronic overuse injury which typically affects runners and jumpers. What are the symptoms of shin splints? Most commonly, shin splints presents are sharp or dull throbbing pain in the lower leg which is aggravated by walking, running, jumping, etc. The pain is typically felt in the medial or inner part...

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6 Tips For A Better Warm Up For Speed & Power Athletes

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6 Tips For A Better Warm Up For Speed & Power Athletes

What is the point of a warm up? The first goal of the warm up is, as alluded to by the name, to raise the body's core temperature. This takes approximately 8 to 10 minutes of continuous activity to accomplish. Once the body is warm, the next goal of the warm up is to tune in motor qualities, improve coordination, and maximize force outputs so that the work you perform is as high quality as possible. Typically you will be least coordinated right when you wake up, becoming more coordinated as you become more alert and move around. A proper...

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Rudiment Hops - The Plyometric Exercise For Every Athlete

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Rudiment Hops - The Plyometric Exercise For Every Athlete

Plyometric and jump training is common in the training of many athletes. Coaches for decades have found benefits in utilizing different types of jump training in their development of sprinters, jumpers, team sport athletes, etc. While it is certainly true that athletes can benefit from jump training of all sorts, I personally feel that there is a tendency to add more advanced forms of jump training into sprint training programs before athletes have mastered basic hopping and jumping exercises. This may work for many, but rudiment hops give us a good balance of risk versus reward compared to more complex...

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