Always be learning
This past weekend, Chris and I attended the Power Athlete Sports Specific Application seminar to learn additional training tools to help high school athletes improve on-field performance. BUT, these tools can help anyone, no matter what you're training for!
One of the knowledge bombs we received is that speed is king. I think anyone would agree that speed is important for sport, but it's not just a genetic gift, it can be taught and learned.
According to Power Athlete HQ, there are two limiting factors for developing speed: Flexibility and Mechanics. We can attack flexibility in our warm ups and cool down practices, but how do we go about fixing sprinting mechanics? Simple: begin with the Arm Swing. The arm swing is a low hanging fruit for improving mechanics, with a big return on investment in the speed development of athletes at all levels.
“The arm swing is the contralateral movement to the legs in a sprint. That being said, the function of the arm swing is directly correlated to the action of the lower limbs. The “punch” up phase controls stride frequency (how quickly or slowly you cycle your legs) while the “hammer” behind phase controls the stride length (hip, knee, and ankle extension).” There is this direct correlation between the arm swing and legs, and we're excited to teach a variety of drills and progressions to help athletes and fitness warriors alike, become more efficient and faster sprinters.