5.22.20

6 Summer Speed Training Tips: Get Faster All Season Long

No matter what sport you play or how hard you train, you can never be too fast. And, when it comes to adding speed, there’s no better time to separate yourself from the pack, literally, than the summer. Putting in the extra work on agility drills and speed workouts now will give you that added burst you need to dominate your upcoming fall sport season. So, let’s get right to it — here are some handy speed training tips that are sure to help you leave your peers in the dust:

 1. Perfect Your Technique

Let’s make something clear … before you start doing cool workouts you need to master your technique. Having the proper running form is the essential first step in any speed training regimen. When starting a new drill, take it at a slower pace, focusing closely on proper technique, before taking it up a notch.

2. Add In Some Resistance Training

Incorporating additional resistance, like parachutes, into your speed workouts is the perfect way to gain some speed. Your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves will all put in some extra work and your top speed will start to rise.

Athlete speed training by running up hill.

3. Run For The Hills

Uphill repeats are a great way to improve in a variety of areas. As you push upward, you’ll work all sorts of muscles — from your lower legs to your hip flexors to your back, and the added incline also forces you to use the correct running form.

4. Make Some Time For Plyometrics

Plyometric exercises are all about exerting a maximum amount of force in a short burst of time. Standing long jumps, box jumps, and forward bounds are some of the best ways to upgrade your explosiveness and burst.

Athlete doing box jumps to increase her speed.

5. Fuel Up The Right Way

Proper nutrition and hydration are just as important as any of the steps listed above. Before a speed workout, make sure you have a carbohydrate-rich snack. During the workout, don’t forgot to stay hydrated. And afterwards, rehydrate your body while also consuming a healthy snack within the first 30 minutes. These steps are essential if you want to get the most out of every workout.

6. Don’t Forget To Recover

When you really push yourself, be sure to give yourself an easier workout the next day. When you feel exhausted post-workout, consider getting a good night of sleep. When your body is feeling strained or sore, think about getting a massage or trying yoga. You need to give your body time to build back up and get stronger.

1 Comment

  • Yeee:

    Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Embiid Featured Image

Trust the Process: An Inside Look at Joel Embiid’s First Signature Shoe

Philadelphia superstar Joel Embiid has teamed up with Under Armour to launch his first signature shoe, the UA Embiid One.

Featured Image Volleyball

Train Like the Best: Volleyball Drills from One of the Best Coaches in America

Coach Sidnee Snow, the director for AAU Nationals down in Orlando, FL, has provided six drills that will work on a number of skills and situations to elevate your game on the court.

Volleyball Gear Guide Featured Image

Top Volleyball Shoes & Gear

The go-to guide for all the top volleyball gear. With shoes and apparel from all the top brands Eastbay is the #1 place for all your needs.

Best Football Cleats

Score the perfect pair of football cleats by checking out our list of the freshest cleats in the game right now.

DON 2 Featured Image

The Sequel Is Here: The D.O.N Issue #2 Makes Its Debut.

The sequel has arrived. The D.O.N Issue #2 made a splashy debut in the bubble and is a worthy successor to the original.

Coach Lo’s Offseason Football Workouts

Champions are made in the offseason. Check out our seven-week speed and power football workouts from High School National Championship winning Coach Steven Lo.

Puma Blog Featured Image

Dream Big: J. Cole and Puma Launch Signature Sneaker Together

Welcome to Dreamville. Make your hoop dreams come true in the Puma RS-Dreamer from J. Cole.

DK Metcalf – Built for Battle

DK Metcalf took the league by storm during his rookie season, but his business is far from over. Read more to find out what's next for the physical phenom.

Offseason Training with Softball Superstar A.J. Andrews

Softball star AJ Andrews answers our questions on the importance of offseason training.

Punch Drag Basketball Drill

Put In Work: Mastering the Punch Drag

Nothing is more valuable in basketball than a little space. Our guys from 90/10 are here to show you one of the most effective ways to create seperation.

Freak 2 Featured

The Freak is Back: Giannis Will Debut Nike Freak 2 in Playoffs

The Nike Freak 2 is launching just in time to help Giannis lead Milwaukee in the playoffs. Learn how the team at Nike was able to top last years successful Freak 1 launch.

The NXT Step: Nike’s BB NXT Brings Basketball to the Future.

The Nike BB NXT is the latest technological breakthrough in basketball shoes. Learn how the team at Nike built this shoe from the ground up.

See More