There is a lot of new science out there that we are implementing to help athletes get faster. It can be mind boggling to say the least. What new tool to use? When to use it?
I’ve always been a proponent of keeping it simple. If I can get speed improved with some simple drills then unless the complicated new methods are going to be that much more of a dramatic improvement, why bother with it?
I once gave a presentation at a clinic on developing a speed program for a high school sport team. One of the comments, I got was “It is too simple. There should be more to it.”
If it gets them faster and isn’t too complicated then why you throwing stones at it.
This leads me to the easy method for improving your sprint time. Now, when I tell you this method, understand that you have to address running mechanics often prior to doing this drill. Otherwise, you won’t get the full benefit out of it.All you need is a stopwatch.
Or, you can invest in a nice timing system which would help this method.
To get kids to improve their speed, do timed runs. That’s it. Vary the distances, have a good rest interval, and then record these times so everyone sees where they stand. Add a little competition to it.
You have to run at a high intensity to develop speed appropriately. What better way to develop speed then to time sprints. Everyone is always interested in how fast they ran and if they can run faster.
Do 3 or 4 sprints at 30-40M with an 8-10 minute rest inbetween each and you have a pretty good sprint workout.
Post everybody’s sprint times and let them stew over if they could have beat so and so. Next time you do the sprints for time, they will have a bigger incentive to run faster.
Their speed will improve.
Simple, yet effective. Try it with your team and see if it doesn’t help.