So yesterday we said you don’t deserve to run (well sort of) read that here. Today we continue working through our running element breakdown. Which is:
1. Mobility and Stability
3. Reaction and agility
5. Change of speed
Sprinting is awesome! It has an amazing effect on body composition, it has a better effect on fat loss than jogging. It is the one form of running that gets neglected as we age. Sprinting uses the most muscle mass. In fact it can build muscle, in the hamstrings and glutes especially. It improves coordination. If we had to rank types of running in order of importance, Sprinting is my number 1. We should sprinting in our training. Remember if you don’t use it you lose it.
3. Reaction and Agility
Part of running and sprinting is reaction. The ability to react to something and move. The ability to change direction quickly. Doing drills or playing games that require this. Trains our coordination and ability to react. This helps with injury preventions by training the joints to handle the changes in force at the joints and better prepares the body to handle chaos.
Simple drills that can be used for this can be timer or partner reaction drills where you have a timer beep or a partner sets you off when you do your sprints
To train agility we can do various drills like a basic shuttle run to more complex agility drills like an Illinois drill. Or here’s a novel idea. Play a social sport like touch rugby or a game of soccer. Get some social interaction, play a game, have fun, improve your fitness, coordination and speed all at the same time. It’s worth a go. Just remember if you haven’t done anything remotely near running fast recently rather start with a simple sprint and build up from there.
Practice your agility and reaction
Play games like touch rugby, soccer or ultimate Frisbee
In the final instalment tomorrow we cover Distance running and why it doesn’t suck, contrary to all the jogging hate.