Sprinting……Why you Should be Doing it
Anybody can pick up a kettlebell and swing it, but not everyone can properly perform the KETTLEBELL SWING. It is no different with sprint technique; everyone can attempt to run fast, but not everyone can run well. What I want to share with you today are some of the main principles I teach.
“You run on the ground – you sprint over it.” – Perry Duncan
- Being able to move fast could save your life (and someone else as well)
- It keeps you functioning a very high level throughout life
- Better communication and activation of fast twitch fibers
- Can build muscle and encourage fat loss
- Makes you look better – which is why the majority of people train anyway
- Positive hormonal reaction – Growth Hormone and Testosterone
- Anabolic Stimulus
- The most practical way to demonstrate ballistic hip extension
- The ultimate in power training with just your bodyweight
- Some of the highest power outputs have been found in sprinting
- Very dynamic form of strength training / mobility training
- Paleo people would say that sprinting was needed for evolutionary reason to catch prey or escape predators
- The ability to sprint at high intensity is a very good sign of orthopedic and neuro-endocrine health
Like any movement worth doing, the secret is learning correct technique. Although explaining proper technique in detail is far beyond the scope of this blog post, here are some essentials that you must know about proper sprint technique.
Proper Sprint Position
- Head is held high and is the beginning of running tall
- The torso erect
- The hand of the driving arm comes up to the level of the face
- The shoulders are relaxed
- The hips are high enough above the ground to allow the driving leg to extend fully to the ground
- The ankle of the recovery leg clears the knee of the driving leg – MOST IMPORTANT****
- The ankle fully extends at the end of the leg drive
Question to all of you: are you currenty sprinting, why or why not?
Your thoughts and comments are always welcome!
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