GAINcast Episode 212: Speed to the max

We’ve been exploring speed training this month on both the GAIN Master Class and HMMR Media site. On this week’s GAINcast we share our own thoughts on sprinting, including some recurring themes that have come up this month around mechanics, resisted sprint training, planning, and more.

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Notes and quotes

  • 0:00 – Introduction.
  • 2:40 – How drills fit into sprint training: “Most of the sprint coaches I know don’t use a lot of drills. Ultimately you need to sprint. Good sprint coaches have their sprinters sprint.”
  • 6:10 – Resisted sprinting and pushing vs. pulling: “Understand what resisted sprinting does. You might be putting force into the ground, but you extend ground contact time and change your center of mass as well.”
  • 9:00 – Periodization and putting quality first: “Sprinters use a variety of periodization approaches, but you have to remember they have an established technical model. For non-sprinters you really have to focus on quality first before you build the volume.”
  • 12:00 – Submaximal running: “My first rule of thumb is: never compromise good sprint technique. You need to build a good technical model first and you don’t do that with slow running.”
  • 13:15 – Volume, rest, and ideas on what to do during rest periods.
  • 20:00 – The contribution of arm action to sprinting: “Sprinting arm action should be down and back, not up and front. If you push down and back you can’t be hunched in the shoulders.”
  • 25:30 – Footwear and barefoot sprinting.
  • 28:00 – Squatting and sprinting.
  • 30:10 – Hypertrophy and sprinting.
  • 35:30 – Precision, testing, and attention to details: “Train fast to be fast. It’s really easy to make people slow, it’s hard to make them fast.”

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Further reading

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic: