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Speed Training Workouts

Every coach and athlete wants to experience faster speeds, but that does not mean they are doing effective speed training workouts at their practices. Somewhere along the way, many coaches, at every level, began combining speed work and conditioning training as the foundation of their speed development. The result of this has been highly conditioned athletes who compete in sports where the demand of the sport does not require a significant percentage of the conditioning that has been developed.

That being said, the required changes likely only involve making minor modifications in your training philosophy. In this article I will cover acceleration development. Many programs neglect acceleration development even though it is the foundation of any program designed to improve speed. You can’t run at your true top speed if don’t have the ability to accelerate properly.

Success in most sports is based heavily on the ability to accelerate quickly and efficiently. This is because most sports primarily require short bursts of speed before the athlete stops, slows down or changes direction. The exception is track and field sprinters, where the acceleration portion of speed development is critical because it sets up the rest of the race. But even sports like soccer, traditionally trained using long slow runs and intervals, require a shift in emphasis to acceleration development. Success in these ‘endurance’ sports still depend on short periods of acceleration in order to get to a loose ball, breakaway from an opponent and get back on defense.

So there’s little point in doing speed training workouts if you haven’t first mastered the ability to accelerate. Here are some basic speed training workouts that you can do in order to improve the ability to accelerate. For our purposes we are talking about runs from 0 – 30 yards.

But before you begin, regardless of your sport or beliefs about training speed, there are some things you need to remember when it comes to acceleration development.

1). Full recovery between repetitions is required.

2). Full recovery means rest approximately one minute for every 10 yards that you run.

3). ‘Don’t train speed every day.

4). The more force you apply to the ground, the faster you’ll pick up speed

5). Make sure that your feet land beneath the hips.

6). The heels should never touch the ground when doing speed work.

7). You run faster when you stay relaxed then when you strain.

I like to start the training season with short runs up hill because this forces athletes to really drive the foot down into the ground in order to gain momentum. The ability to apply force into the ground with each stride is the driving force (pun intended) behind getting faster. I like to use fairly steep hills, that way the requirements in steps 4-7 above really become more pronounced. When you don’t follow those criteria, it becomes extremely difficult to accelerate quickly.

1). 10 x 20y uphill or on a flat surface from standing start. 2 minute rest.

2). 10 x 30y uphill or on a flat surface from (push up down position, 3 point stance or seated). 3 minutes rest.

As you can see, speed training workouts themselves aren’t especially complicated or fancy. The results come from following the 7 rules I mentioned earlier, mastering technique by using speed drills and improving strength by lifting weights. In all, the key is to follow a comprehensive and complete speed training program that will not only teach you the types of workouts that improve speed but also the many other elements of training that compliment your speed work and develop overall athletic ability. By looking for short cuts and quick answers, you’ll see inconsistent and frustrating results. But when your speed training workouts fit into a well designed training plan, you’ll get results that you didn’t realize could occur so quickly and easily.

Punching Bags For Fitness

Many people may not look to punching bags as their first option on the road to becoming more fit. They may think of them as being strictly for people who are trying to train to be boxers or fighters in some way. Indeed, that IS why they were first invented so many hundreds of years ago, to train fighters in the military. They have also been used for training in such martial arts as Taekwondo and Karate. It helps to use them to practice kicks as well as punches.

Nothing burns up excess calories quite as well as time spent with punching bags except, possibly, running. It is easy to understand when you consider the hard and fast punching and kicking that one does when using these bags. You can really work up a sweat that burns off even more calories while you are learning to keep your balance and defend yourself all at the same time. Attacking these bags also make excellent warming up exercises before you go running or jogging. Your muscles will be ready to be put through their paces with little risk of pulling any muscles.

Other benefits of using punching bags as part of your fitness routine include toning the muscles in your arms as well as your legs. It also builds up the strength in many muscles throughout your body. Spending time working out with the bag does not have to be done every single day. You can make these workouts fit in with your schedule whether that is three times a week, more or less. This makes one of the more ideal workouts because you can speed them up or slow them down to suit your needs. The perfect workout for your entire body may just be the best kept secret around.

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