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Muscle power and strength
Sleep your way to better performance
When sports drinks don’t work
The role of sleep in recovery
The components of posture and its importance for athletes
Latest research to increase strength and muscle mass
Mental preparation to enhance speed training and improve performance
Intervals benefit performance at all levels of sport
Andrew Hamilton explains new research about training and competing with caffeine supplements
Nick Tiller presents six evidence-driven but seldom practised methods by which athletes can promote the anabolic process to maximise training adaptation, promote recovery and improve athletic performance.
The loss of excess fat isn’t just aesthetic – it almost always produces enhanced performance
There’s increasing evidence that stretching before exercise doesn’t improve performance or reduce injury risk
How to improve your speed in three simple steps
Maximum speed sprint workouts
An 8-week speed endurance programme for sprinters
Speed training for sprinters: sprinting exercises should be performed throughout the entire training year
The short to long approach involves speed training through the year with athletes performing sprint training right from the start of the season
Speed is the capacity to perform successive movements at a fast rate. As well as thinking about speed as ‘running speed’ it is really the development of the ability to move the limbs quickly, which is needed in a variety of sports and events, e.g. javelin, discus, tennis, squash etc. Therefore, there is more to think about than just performing flat out sprints.
Sandbags are an effective low cost alternative to sleds and offer more weight variability than tyres. This drill is excellent for developing acceleration power, make sure you maintain correct form throughout. You can adjust the weight of the sandbag to suit your strength goals.
A progression from the One Foot in Each Rung drill, challenges the speed of co-ordination of the athlete. Have the athlete perform the drill correctly by asking them to start off slowly to get a feel of the movement.
Techniques that increase speed to make a quick getaway
Whole body vibration: no use for trained sprinters
Why tapering after intense training boosts sprinting speed
Caffeine proves less of a help to team sports sprinters
Sprinters and Sleep: If you're a sprinter, you needn't worry about losing a night's sleep.