Friday, May 14, 2010

Improve Speed And Power---Every Day

Improve your speed and power in some way---every day. You can improve your speed and power without doing a full-blown speed and power workout. For example, you can improve your running mechanics every day. And, you don't have to wait until the offseason to improve your speed and power. Improving in small steps every day adds up to huge improvements over time. Some training techniques you can do consistently are:

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 and power 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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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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