Here are some useful speed training exercise drills.
Endurance and speed are needed for all sports. While most athletes spend a lot of time in building endurance, speed training is also a good way to boost up your performance. Having a good speed training routine becomes even more important when you are preparing for track and field events.
So, when it the best time to introduce speed training to your workouts?
Well normally speed and sprint training can be done after a period of general fitness has been completed. And depending on your training regime this could be a period of anywhere between four and eight weeks. Once you have been in this general training mode for a while, you will have developed your strength, endurance and flexibility capabilities. You are now good to start some real speed training.
Due to the high intensity training demands needed for speed training, you should keep in mind that this type of training should not be done more than two or at most three times per week – the wear and tear on the body is immense. This necessitate that there should be at least two resting days between each individual workouts.
Here is one drill for speed training:
This speed training exercise would begin with a simple warm-up. Jog at slow pace for about 10 minutes. Do some active stretches for hips, front and back of thighs, shoulders, trunk, head, neck, and ankles.
When you begin speed training you will need to focus both on your speed and your posture. Good sprinting form will improve your efficiency and therefore make it more possible that you will achieve greater speed. Good form will also save you energy thereby ensuring that you will not be exhausted by doing speed drills. To begin with, when you are doing speed drills, they should be done in training shoes and not sprinting spikes. Training shoes absorb some of the shock in running and so tend to make the activity less demanding on the athlete’s body.
Here are some tips to keep a good form:
Perform these speed training exercise drills about 2-3 times per session:
After the drills, jog steadily for about 10 minutes, and then proceed to light stretching exercises.