You can’t really train to get faster. You either are fast or you’re not. Rather than put in the effort to optimize your body’s ability to get as fast as it can, spend some time doing important things like another selfie pic.
Now that we’ve laid that groundwork, let’s analyze the best reasons why you should not do sprint training. That way, you have a good argument to give someone who is desiring that their athlete improve his/her speed.
- Running faster than your opponents is overrated. You beat your opponents in races or on a deep touchdown, your coach might expect more of you. Who wants that? Better to have the other people run faster than you so you can just blend in with your other teammates.
- You might break a sweat lifting weights to get stronger or (gasp) faster. I’ve actually heard people say they try not to break a sweat when they workout. The best way to avoid breaking a sweat would be to not workout and focus on remaining slow.
- You get to pull the old “hamstring injury” bit to garner a little attention. I had a teammate who played defensive back and if a receiver would blow by him, he’d immediately grab the hamstring and hope the receiver would drop the ball. Didn’t sit well when the receiver ran for a TD, but he’d get some attention from the trainer and coach. Ultimately, that’s what everyone craves right is to have the coach notice you.
- You don’t want to get too big. Sprint training stimulates testosterone and growth hormone in your body. It helps put on muscle for the athlete and sometimes some size. Now, if you are comfortable with your strength where it is, why would you want to sprint train. Plus, you might have to get some different clothes to accommodate your added muscle. You’d probably rather spend that money on something else.
- Your athletic trainer needs something to do, so keep getting injured. Sprint training helps increase your range of motion. It also helps your body function at a high intensity so when you have to dial it down, your body handles that like a champ. But, your athletic trainer is a really neat person and it would be cool to spend a lot of time with him/her. Avoiding sprint training will definitely improve your chances of getting injured so you can assure yourself plenty of time with your trainer.
As clearly stated, sprint training is a waste of time for your athlete. Focus on the skill, play on multiple teams, and you’ll probably not have to worry about that sprint training anyways.
But, my athletes will continue to sprint train. They will continue to get faster, get their fitness better, and most likely run circles around the athletes that pay attention to any of the advice listed above.
Do what you want, but I hope your athlete will wise up and work with my athletes. If not, no biggie. You can just watch us dominate your athlete because there will be nothing you can do to stop it.