Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Use Sit And Arm Pump Drill To Run Faster

Use the sit and arm pump drill to help you run faster. This drill will help you develop quick and powerful arm movements. It also stretches and strengthens your arms.

I have seen many athletes not pump their arms fast enough or properly when running....pumping your arms fast, especially at the start, helps you accelerate faster. Accelerating to your top speed faster can help you "make the play" or "win the race."

1. Sit on the ground and pump arms faster until you almost bounce off the ground. You can pump the arms like a regular sprint or swing both arms together like you are jumping.

2. Use the shoulders (and not the elbows) to pump the arms as fast as possible. The hands should be relaxed in unballed fists.

3. Move each arm as one piece with the elbow bent at 90 degrees. Arm action should be straight forward, up and down and never flailing side to side.

4. Keep your shoulders relaxed and head up looking straight ahead. Keep your chest spread and the lower back locked in.

Running mechanics are critical to improve your speed. Part of the running mechanics is properly pumping your arms. I have seen more than one athlete run with little or no use of the arm pump. This is a big mistake!

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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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