Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Things You Can Do Everyday To Improve Running Speed

If you want to run a faster 40 yard dash, you need to work at it on a daily basis....it doesn't have to be complicated workouts, just simple things like:

1. Starting and acceleration speed is critical in the forty yard dash.

2. Work on your running mechanics every day. Wasted motion and bad running technique will stop you from improving.

3. Strengthen and condition your hips, glutes, thighs and hamstrings. These groups make up your athletic "power center."

4. Keep your hips loose and flexible by doing exercises like leg swings. Tight hip flexors will cause problems to other areas such as the glutes.

5. "Powerize" your running with exercises like power step ups and squat jumps. Other single leg exercises like lunges are great because single leg exercises use the same pathways that it takes to run.

6. Run fast! You get faster by training fast.

7. Make squats, deadlifts, good mornings, glute/ham drops and hang cleans regular exercises in your routine.

8. Strengthen your core every day. Exercises like planks, side planks and bridges can be done every day. A strong core is important for speed endurance.

If you will do these simple things on a regular basis, your running speed will improve. You will probably need the help of a professional trainer to make sure you are doing things right. If so, give me a call or email.

Train hard and smart!

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