6 Summer Speed Training Tips: Get Faster All Season Long

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.

Workout Of The Month: Speed Building

Workout Of The Month: Speed Building

This is the first part of our new Workout Of The Month blog series where Eastbay will give you cutting-edge workout tips, sure to take your game to the next level.

11.15 WKT of the Month 2

Ask any athlete what they wish they had more of and nine times out of ten the word “speed” comes up.

Whether it comes in the first step, over a distance, or laterally — it’s all valuable. Whatever edge you can get speed wise over your opponent you should take.

This is where we come in to help, thanks to some speed training workouts from our partners at STACK.com.

Stride Length Training Drill: Forward Bounding

This drill is designed to help you improve the distance you cover between strides. Do four sets of 30 yards:

  1. Place two cones 30 yards apart.
  2. Line up at the first cone, and with force stride lengthily for 30 yards.
  3. Focus on extending your back leg out as you alternate steps.
  4. Only contact the ground with the balls of your feet.