Sunday, June 22, 2008

Speed Training Tips for Elite Athletes

The summer is here! And the clock is ticking on your summer training. Whether training for the 40 yard dash or football domination, let me help you be the quickest, fastest, most agile athlete.

What are you doing to make yourself faster this summer? Here are a couple of tips to help you improve your speed this summer.

Tip 1. Train Acceleration! Football is all about quick cuts and the ability to accelerate out of a change of direction. This is what makes the difference. To improve acceleration try doing resistive sprints with a Speed Resistor. Also try performing leg drives against a wall. When training for acceleration make sure that you have forward body lean.

Tip 2. Stretch! The most overlooked aspects among younger athletes is stretching. Specifically the hip flexors. Often the hip flexors are either tight, weak or both. The more flexible the hip flexors the more power can be generated, and enhanced acceleration will be the result of a dedicated stretching program.

Tip 3. Train Top End Speed! Once you have an opening, do you lack a second gear to run away from the other team? If you do you need to enhance your top end speed. Once acceleration is over and top speed has been acheieved how long can you maintain your top speed? Try enhnacing it with Speed Chute Sprints performing some flying 30's with the Speed Chute around your waist. This will develop your stride and top end speed.

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

40 Yard Dash Arm Mechanics

One of the common errors I come accross when trying to teach an athlete the proper technique for the 40 yard dash is arm action. Too often I see athletes that run by flapping their arm like they are in a karate class.

You see, this is wasted movement, it does not propel the body forward, it does nothing but waste time and energy.

The proper movement for the arms is to swing from the shoulder joint with the arms bent at a 90 degree angle travelling from the hip to the eye. The hands should be open, and the athlete should think of firing their rear delt and the opposite front deltoid muscle when running.

This is the most efficient and effective way to move the arms for 40 yard dash improvement.

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