Track – Train to be Faster and Stronger

What do the 40 yard dash, hurdles, the mile, pole vaulting, high jump, long jump, discuss, and the shot put have in common?  They all require strength in the entire body.  Basically, Track and Field comes down to who can run the fastest, jump the highest and throw the farthest.  Being able to run fast doesn’t just take great leg strength, but it also takes a strong core and strong arms to drive the body.  Of course throwing takes arm and shoulder strength, but it also takes strong legs to push the core to release the strength through the shoulders and arms.  So you see that Track and Field requires athletes to have a strong body not just strength in particular body parts. 

Benefits of Kinetic Bands for Track and Field Athletes:

• Utilize all the muscle groups to stabilize the entire body
• Improve coordination and balance
• Allow the individual athlete to work smaller muscles  which are often neglected instead of just the larger ones
• Offer tension levels base on color based on level of difficulty
• Create resistance to expand range of motion in all directions
• Provide track and field athletes with the option of increasing or decreasing difficulty by the length of resistance band
• Track and field athletes are able to mimic their sport specific movements to work the body in the form of fashion of their skill
• Compact and lightweight – easy to pack and go – fit easily into a bag 

Speed and endurance are a must for track and field athletes.  Upper and Lower Body Kinetic Bands provide a variety of resistance levels for track and field athletes.  Whether you are a beginner or have been participating in track and field for several years the Kinetic Bands will improve the skills needed to compete at your potential.  It takes upper body, lower body and core strength to perform at your best.   Kinetic Bands are great for stretching, warm-up and practice.  Track and Field athletes may leave the lower body Kinetic Bands on while stretching, warming-up and during practice to add their own body as resistance to improve their skills.  Jump Skips, High Knees, Karaoke, Side Shuffles and Striders are a few of the many exercises that track and field athletes are able to do with Kinetic Bands for legs, hips, thighs and glutes strength.  The Upper Body Kinetic Bands are used to tone, firm and strengthen the shoulders, arms, stomach and chest.  Many athletes are warming up with Kinetic Bands resistance before a meet so that when they take the Kinetic Bands off their legs feel lighter and their muscle fibers will fire explosively. 
 
Kinetic Bands offer track and field athletes the opportunity to increase power and speed.  Kinetic Bands add resistance to every step hip stability and leg strength.  Resistance training is safe for all ages of track and field athletes.  Track and field has a number of different events that place stress on the body in different ways.  For track and field athletes that want to improve their speed, agility, flexibility, mobility, strength and power as well as prevent injury Kinetic Resistance Bands are a great and inexpensive solution. 

Training properly is a necessity for track and field athletes.  Track and field athletes who are unaware of the importance of balance, core strength and overall body training are often unable properly train to improve their skills.  Just picking up a discuss or shot put and throwing it over and over is not what it takes to compete against the increasing competition.  The physical stress that track and field athletes endure demands them to be adequately trained with the proper techniques.  Training with Kinetic Bands resistance puts track and field athletes at an advantage because not only do they provide safe resistance for all ages and body types, but they are also fun and easy to use.    Whether you are a runner, jumper or thrower Kinetic Bands Resistance is a great way to improve your skills and body strength.

Increase Your Speed As A Distance Runner

Increasing speed as distance runners is a worthwhile pursuit.

Let’s face it. There is a reason you run distance. Actually, there are several with one being the complete lack of effective fast-twitch muscle fibers. This keeps you tied to long distance running. But just because you run distance doesn’t mean you can’t work to increase your overall speed. From “surging” throughout a race, to improving your stamina, increasing your speed as a distance runner is a worthy pursuit.

Lower Posterior Strength

Before beginning any speed endeavor, ensuring a strong lower posterior is a must. You’ll prevent injury and put yourself in the best possible position to have successful workouts. The areas most important in speed training are the lower back, gluteal muscles and hamstrings. Left under-trained, you’re asking for a season-ending injury. Isolating these areas with resistance bands and plyometric exercises are good approaches to preparing yourself for speed workouts. While some might believe running alone will strengthen those areas adequately, it’s simply not the case. You must supplement with targeted exercises working those specific muscle groups.

Interval Training

Interval training really pushes the limits of your anaerobic capacity by varying the length and intensity of a workout. For example, you could run mile repeats with 400 meter sprints or jogs in-between. By alternating fast then slow and repeating, you’re building up your stamina and developing the rate at which your stride turns over. Not only is it beneficial for your endurance but it can also improve speed.

Tempo Runs

By incorporating tempo runs into your workout you can become a faster 5k runner, a stronger 10k runner and a more solid marathoner. Tempo runs teach your body how to run faster, longer, before fatiguing. Typically, a tempo run lasts for 25 minutes at a pace you could sustain if you had to run for an hour. There are a variety of tempo run workouts online. Make sure to browse them and add this vital component to your training.

Don’t let the classification of “distance runner” remove the word “speed” from your vocabulary. There are a variety of ways to improve your speed and doing so will not only increase your endurance but it could give you that edge when you cross the finish line. That edge might just be the difference between champion and runner-up.

Football Workouts

In just a few months, the night sky will once again light up with the glow of high school stadium lights. Stands will fill with excited teens and proud parents as the football teams rush back onto the field for a promising season. Although that seems months away to dedicated fans, those in football training are already hard at work getting ready for the upcoming sports season.

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Bands Improve Football Players Flexibility and Speed

Off-Season Football Training for Speed and Strength

Right now, football teams are in off-season training mode. With the fall season right around the corner, dedicated players are hitting the gym each morning, and sometimes the evenings, so that they can be faster, stronger, and more proficient in sport specific skills for the upcoming football season. For those in high school who are serious about playing football, weights and conditioning several days each week are a must. For players looking for an alternative to traditional football workouts, resistance bands offer a great addition to the heavy weights, hard-hitting drills and laps around the track.

Run Faster and Improve Footwork with Resistance Bands Training

Resistance bands training can help football players run faster. In football, it doesn’t always matter how strong you are – you must be mobile and agile to find success in the sport. Football requires that good players have strong legs, a strong core, quick feet and good footwork. If you’re the biggest on the football field, yet not able to catch anyone, your chances at being an effective player are limited. Resistance bands can be used to improve speed, power, explosion and cardio endurance.  They are also great for improving hip strength and hip stability which can help increase multi-directional speed and balance, improving your chances of catching a pass or tackling the opponent.

Resistance Bands Improve Every Position on the Football Field

When training in football and using resistance bands, players should focus on core drills like squats, squat jumps, lunges, and knee-ups as well as drills to improve footwork like cone, ladder, and multi-directional drills to name a few. By performing these drills with resistance bands, core strength will develop quicker. Resistance training will add a level of intensity to workouts so when it’s time to perform on the field, the skills will transfer to game time.

All athletes benefit when they strengthen their core muscles, but more specific to football, this is how resistance band training can help football players:

  • Football Lineman – Are generally big and strong, however,  they also require quick feet and an ability to move laterally so that they can beat the opponent to the proper position.
  • Football Receivers – Need to develop a quick first step, have the ability to accelerate down field and make fast, sharp cuts so they can change direction and create separation from the defender.
  • Quarterbacks - Need to be able to move quickly and have the ability to throw a pass with power and accuracy which requires strong legs, hips and glutes as well as a strong core.

Football Workouts with Resistance Bands

Below are a few of our football workout videos that demonstrate how resistance bands can be incorporated into football workouts:

Watch how resistance bands have improved a Kansas City high school football team’s speed training, hip flexibility and speed

Watch Youth Football Speed & Conditioning Drills

Watch how to run faster for football training

Watch the football lineman challenge at Blue Valley High School

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