Weighed Down Sprint Training

You're always looking for new ways to further improve your performance. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research suggests a couple of techniques you might as well skip. To see if resisted sprint training made college lacrosse players any faster, scientists recruited 20 members of one school's team and randomly assigned them to train wearing a weighted vest, towing a weighted sled or the old fashioned way with no resistance at all.

True Strength Moment: Illustrating that proven training protocols still have a place in modern athletic programs, the control group in this study totally out-classed everyone else. Over the course of 7 weeks, study subjects underwent 13 sessions of dragging a sled weighing 10% of their body mass or wearing a vest loaded down with 18.5% of their total weight. But regular everyday sprint training won out over both of these fancy resisted techniques. The best numbers for sprinting between 18 and 54 meters were achieved the old school way.
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