How To Run Faster Using Resistance Bands and Weights
With the summer Olympics around the corner, we’ll be seeing the fastest humans take to the track. Getting to that level takes months and years of training. No such thing as overnight success with sprinters. It’s trial an error.
Finishing top 3 in every race not only boosts confidence but allows you to compete against the best in your event.
How can you run fast like an Olympic sprinter? There are some factors like genetics that aren’t in your control. But everything else is in your control. Lets begin with the obvious, training!
When wanting to increase speed, you must also increase power. The force you’re able to push off with your feet against the ground leads to speed. Weightlifting for your lower body is the best way to boost your power. For example squats, leg press, weighted lunges get you stronger legs.
The quickness at which you land and push off the ground matters as well. For this, starting a fast twitch muscle program is key. We have two types of skeletal muscle fibers: slow-twitch (type I) and fast-twitch (type II). Slow-twitch muscles help enable long-endurance feats such as distance running, while fast-twitch muscles fatigue faster but are used in powerful bursts of movements like sprinting. So how do you increase your fast twitch muscle fibers? Start a program which uses agility ladders, the rubber Zoid patterns, LoopRW harness, cones, and mini hurdles. These equipments together or on their own force you to recruit your fast twitch muscles.
Don’t forget nutrition. You can squat religiously, do fast feet drills all day but if you lack nutrition you can’t compete at your best. Reaching out to a dietician, or nutritionist will give you an idea of what foods will help you compete at your best during game week, and even game day. You need a healthy balance between fat, protein, and carbs. Also important are the liquids you put in your body. During training your sweat removes both fluids and electrolytes. So drink electrolyte friend friends with low sugar.