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Five Programming Tips to Help Improve Overall Speed

By Darin Jerome, Athletes Acceleration, 11/19/18, 12:00PM CST

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Core strength helps stabilize the trunk, which is essential in sprinting. It provides a strong and solid foundation through which your limbs may transfer forces essential to improving sprint mechanics.

1. Always prepare for each speed training session with a proper and thorough dynamic warmup. If done correctly, most dynamic warmups should not take more than 10-15 minutes to perform. Whether you’re doing linear, lateral, or multi-directional speed work, you must ensure the dynamic warmup targets the muscles that are going to be used during that training session.

2. Stress the importance of proper mechanics with your athlete. Relate the mechanics to specific movements of your athlete’s sports. Emphasize correct mechanics without making the athlete look robotic or stiff. Be sure not to overload the athlete with verbal cues.