Tuesday, September 26, 2006

5 Ways to Maintain Your Speed During the Season


Far too often do I see athletes that lose a step during the season. Here are 5 ways to maintain your speed in-season without a high training volume.

1. Stretch - many athletes don't do this at all. Following a Active Isolated Stretching routine like the one in Mastering the 40 Yard Dash will maintain and improve your flexibility in only 10 min.

2. Footspeed Drills - Perform some footspeed drills each day during the practice week to keep your feet fast. Use a footspeed ladder or jump rope.

3. Work the hips - Fire those hips up with some hip flexor training. Try 3 x 15 sec. of wall drill accelerations.

4. Train the core - Keep the core strong and stable and your will enhance your speed.

5. Plyometrics - Hit some plyometrics 1-2 times a week. Nothing crazy just two explosive exercises for 3 sets each will keep the fast twitch muscles fired up.

As you can see, this won't take alot of time out of your day, but these are essential for maintaining your speed throughout the season.

Remember you want to be at your best come districts and states.

Train Hard,

Coach Mike Gough

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