Athletes looking to get faster can reach their goal by performing comprehensive, intelligently structured speed workouts on a regular basis. These sessions, which can be movement-based, strength-based or both—should aim to improve all facets of speed.
A proper speed training program should improve the skills and characteristics associated with running—sprinting technique, top-end speed, acceleration, agility, and speed endurance—as well as offering an an applied approach for improving an athlete's ability to compete in timed events such as the 40-Yard Dash.
Speed workouts should be performed 2 or 3 times per week, with at least one day of recovery between them. In general, it's best to perform pure speed training early in the week and early in a workout, immediately following a thorough dynamic warm-up. On days that athletes perform speed and strength training, it is better to train speed first before hitting the weight room.
Start Your Speed Workouts
The STACK Guide to Getting Faster
Photo Credit: Getty Images // Thinkstock