Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I have written about this topic before, but it bears repeating. Speed and strength are CLOSELY related. I don’t care how many ladder drills, dot drills, or parachute sprints you do. If your legs are weak, you won’t be fast. Now, in regards to be speed, OF COURSE I am talking about relative body strength. You must be strong relative to your body weight. In other words, if the 300 pound lineman squats more than the 175 pound wide receiver, he may not be faster due to the difference in relative strength. It is quite shocking how unbelievable it is that more people don’t piece it together that added strength, with added hip mobility/flexibility, along with sprinting a couple of times per week, will yield far better results than performing ladder drills and parachute sprints with the local “speed guru” who basically makes his living convincing parents that he got their kids faster by pulling out all of the speed gadgets he could order in one training session.
Speed is the most coveted physical attribute. It is also the most genetically predetermined one, BUT that doesn’t mean we can’t improve it. Get your lower body stronger and watch your speed go up!
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