Track & Field Training Tip

Track & Field Training Tip Getting a fast start off the blocks is crucial to sprinting success, and it's a key element for athletes competing in all types of jump-related track and field competition. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research offers some interesting tips on how to train for quicker, more explosive block starts.

To see how sled pulling, countermovement jumps and half-squats with different loads compared to block starts, scientists compared the muscle activity of nine track and field athletes. Although all exercises worked the glutes harder than a block start, the actions involved during sled pulls and countermovement jumps were most closely aligned to block starts.

True Strength Moment: If you want to be better at any athletic endeavor, plan out a training program that develops those specific qualities. Countermovement jumps without a load were the closest thing to starting a 10 meter race. Combine plyometrics with weighted sled pulls and you might be finishing the race faster.
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