How To “Cheat” And Run A Faster Sprint

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How To “Cheat” And Run A Faster Sprint

Throughout the dawn of time, man has been trying to do what they can to give them an advantage in athletics.  Whether it is bringing in pros for college teams, like they did in the early 1900’s, or the steroid scandal, people want to put themselves in the best position to win.

What if I told you there was a legal way to cheat on your sprinting?  Is that something you would consider?

This sprint cheat doesn’t help with speed throughout a game like for a soccer or football player.  But, it could help if you had to do one sprint for all the marbles.  Let’s say you were running a 100M dash or being timed in the 40 yard dash at a combine.  This sprint cheat could work.

It isn’t a drug, blood doping, or any other sketchy strategy.

Nope!  This is just taking the knowledge we already know about getting athletes faster and taking it to a new level.

If you have done any type of speed development work, you might have done something called resistance running.  This could be used with a sprint cord or as simple as a towel and a weight belt.  Sleds are popular and you could even do uphill runs for the same effect.

Whatever you choose, the purpose is to provide resistance while you are running so that you are working harder than a normal sprint.  You aren’t going as fast because you are pulling this resistance.

Do X amount of them and then afterwards remove the resistance and just run normally.

How do you feel?

You feel like you have been shot out of a cannon that’s how.  Sometimes, the first run people almost fall down because their muscles had been pulling this resistance and when it let go they are still primed for that resistance thus firing them a little faster than they anticipated.

That is great in training, but why don’t we experiment and try it in a sprint that counts??

Coaches are trying this method and having some good results.  Yes, sometimes there is absolutely no effect, but a lot of times there is.

The longer the sprint the tougher there is to do this cheat code.  So distance runners can have the effect, but it might hit them differently than sprinters.  But, if I had an athlete who was going to run a 40 yard dash at a combine or a 100M sprint.  This might be something to try out.

You want to do something that will make the muscles work, but not fatigue them 100%.  So for a sprint, maybe you do a couple resistance runs for 40-50M with a minute rest inbetween.  Then do your sprint 6-12 minutes after that.  Some research has said, you could wait as long as 18 minutes and still have this sprint cheat take effect.

It doesn’t have to be a resistance run per se.  Maybe you do bounds or skips for distance.  Some coaches have even done overhead throws with a heavy med ball and had positive results.

The point is this: the force your muscle will exert for a movement will be increased based on the activity you did preceding it.  Do a resistance movement, get the muscles primed for that movement, then take the resistance away with the same type of priming should result in a little more explosion.

That being said, this works better with seasoned or more experienced athletes.  Younger athletes who aren’t as strong and haven’t done much training before this might not get the same result.  They will get fatigued a lot quicker and have a lot longer recovery rest and might miss the window for any speed development they would have been able to use.  Keep that in mind.

You could even do it for jumps.  Just find an activity that has a similar movement pattern to what you will be doing.  If you are doing a vertical jump, maybe you do a squat or an overhead med toss.

That’s it!  Nothing illegal about it.  Just taking knowledge and using it to your benefit.  Try it out in a setting that is meaningless, maybe an early track meet, or a 40 test with your school.  If it goes well, then try it in a more important situation.  You do everything right, you will probably see a result you never expected to see.

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