Speed Training Fitness
Do you want to take your fitness to the next level? Are you looking to increase your speed and
Speed training is a method of working out that focuses on improving your time, performance
and endurance in your sport of choice; whether it be running, swimming, cycling or any similar
Does it work? Several studies, including one published in the Journal of Strength
and Conditioning Research in June 2012, found that speed training, when correctly
administered, “can be effective in improving acceleration” for field sport athletes.
There are a couple of ways. You can:
Interval train. This is when you vary short bursts of intense exercise with longer bursts
of easy to moderate intensity. For instance, you may jog on a treadmill for two minutes
and then all out sprint for thirty seconds, alternating the two during the length of your
Alternate days. If you choose this option, one day you do your exercise at a moderate
pace for a long period of time and the next day you do your exercise at high intensity for
a shorter duration.
What you need to know before you start
There are a couple things you need to be aware of before you begin a speed training program.
First, the results aren’t quick. It takes time to improve your speed, endurance and overall
performance. Just as an Olympian doesn’t get to be a world class athlete in a day, week or
month, don’t expect to see changes right away.
Also, because you’re working out at greater intensities, be mindful of how your body feels so
that you don’t overexert yourself. You aren’t doing yourself any good if you try to overdo it and
Used appropriately and with proper form, speed training is a valuable tool for athletes to improve
their overall fitness level. Try it out and see how you do!
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