How to get Faster
Speed Kills. Those that don't have it, want it. Those that have it, want more of it. How can both of those athletes achieve that?
1. If I am slow, how do I increase speed?
Strength! More Strength! Your speed is suffering because you cannot produce force. Walking lunges, pulling sleds, plyometrics, and putting your better under tension in a multitude of ways will build muscle fibers, and your body will produce more power, help you push into the ground harder and give you speedier results. But, before we think heavy weights, lets think about the prerequisites. Prerequisites in the training world are joint angles. Your joint angles will make or break your potential. Athletes must be comfortable in a lunge and a squat; and be able to move shoulders and thoracic spine with fluidity if they are to be build applicable strength to sport.
If I am fast, how do I get faster?
If your already a blazer and want more, what is best for me?
First off, how is your mobility? Your range of motion may be holding you back. Your muscles may be working well but are your joints restricting full range of motion and optimal power. Poor range of motion not only blocks nutrition through the joint capsules but also blocks information from cell to cell, in turn, blocking neurological connection. This will surley decrease quality and ease of movement. Secondly, how is your technique? How efficient are your arms, your foot placement and your gate? How is your lean? Your shin angles? Are you relaxed? If your too tight, then muscles cannot be graceful. All of these effect speed.
When I was at my max squat in college, 435 lb back squat at 170 lbs, my 40 yard dash was 4.59. I felt tight, poor rotational skills, and knew something was wrong. In junior college, 1 year earlier, I squatted 395 pounds, and weighed 165, but my 40 yard dash was 4.48. My junior college training program focused a lot more on track workouts, sprinting, calisthenics, with a healthy dose of weight lifting but never cared about crazy weight room numbers. My university trainer only cared about big weight room numbers and that team paid the price of slow times and too many nagging injuries. Bigger and stronger do not necessarily mean faster. How is your body fat? What are you eating? Are you carrying unnecessary bricks in your back pack?
Think about how LeBron James looked when he played in Miami compared to how he looked when he came back to Cleveland. He slimmed down because he realized that being big and chiseled could slow a fast athlete like LeBron down. Slimming down a few pounds, changing some food habits, and opening up your mobility can increase speed, help athletic ability, and generally help energy efficiency throughout your competitions.