Hey everybody! As Todd stated to start his last post, this last week was absent of blog updates, but this coming week is going to turn that around. I wanted to kick the week off on my end with a quick word about speed training…
I think it’s safe to say that every athlete wants to be faster, and there are so many schools of thought out there on speed training it could really make your head spin. So let’s break it down and look at what you need to know… Speed = stride length x stride frequency (or stride rate). So really, if we increase the length of your stride and/or the rate at which your legs turn over, we increase speed. Pretty simple right? Right! But which one can we most easily increase? Well, you know us- we’re the strength guys… but hear me out! My argument is that we train for strength/power, which transfers to greater force production through the feet propelling us further with each stride. So if we’re going further with each stride and our legs are turning over at the same rate… we’re going to go faster! That’s all there really is to it!
Now I know what you’re thinking… wait a minute Chris, but what about running form?? Don’t worry, I definitely believe that running form/mechanics are extremely important. I also believe that there are way to many “speed coaches” out there taking their athletes to the track/field every day to work on mechanics and never addressing strength. Think about it, if you or your child had perfect running mechanics but lacked strength/power, what do you really have? A slow athlete with great form.
So next time you’re thinking about increasing speed, remember the formula (speed = stride length x stride frequency). It’s a whole lot easier than a lot of the exercise/fitness world will make you believe.
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