3 Tips to Increase Sprint Speed

In sports, nothing turns heads quite like speed. Learn how to sprint faster with three tips from STACK Expert Tommy Donovan.

Nothing in sports turns heads quite like speed. Super-fast athletes get more playing time, earn more college scholarships and occasionally, bring home million dollar paydays. Neglecting your ability to run fast will leave you in someone else's dust.

To get faster, it's important to understand everything that goes into sprinting. You need to do more in training than 10-yard sprints and 100-meter repeats.

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Sprint Speed

Nothing in sports turns heads quite like speed. Super-fast athletes get more playing time, earn more college scholarships and occasionally, bring home million dollar paydays. Neglecting your ability to run fast will leave you in someone else's dust.

To get faster, it's important to understand everything that goes into sprinting. You need to do more in training than 10-yard sprints and 100-meter repeats.

Build your strength

The more force you are able to drive into the ground, the farther you will be able to propel yourself. Big-lift exercises like Squats and Deadlifts will give you the most bang for your buck by building your hamstrings, glutes and lower back. Sumo-style Deadlifts are good to start with because they're fairly easy from a technique perspective, and the strength building benefits are second to none. Start with 5 sets of 3-5 reps twice a week.

Improve your flexibility

You need good range of motion to be able to launch your body step after step without tearing anything. A proper warm-up is essential to prepare your muscles, connective tissue and nervous system to operate at an optimal level. To stretch your hip flexors, try this exercise.

Train with resistance

Resistance training helps you build power in your stride. Sled drags allow you to work on multiple areas, and you can easily adjust the amount of weight you pull.

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Topics: STRETCHING | SPEED TRAINING | POWER | EXERCISE | SPORTS | TRAIN | SPRINT | STRIDE | LOWER BACK | TISSUE | FASTER | RANGE OF MOTION | SCHOLARSHIPS | RESISTANCE TRAINING