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Strength Training for Runners to Run Faster

The two main things which determine your sprinting speed are your leg speed and leg power. Having a lean body type rather than a fat or stocky one will also help but I think that how fast you move your legs and how strong they are will determine your sprinting speed more than anything, and while having a small upper body is certainly an advantage in sprinting, a muscular man with a large upper body can still be an excellent runner if his legs are strong and fast enough.

sprinting

In this article we will focus on the strength of your legs instead of your leg speed. The stronger your legs are the stronger the push forward will be and if your legs are strong enough you can manage to outrun men with much faster legs than yours. This is why weight training is important for sprinters, contrary to popular belief. Let’s go through the best strength exercises for the sprinter.

NOTE: Always do high weight low rep training like a powerlifter does when doing these exercises. This will push your muscles to the max and strengthen them as much as possible without building unnecessary muscle, which would slow you down. As a sprinter you don’t want large powerless muscles like a bodybuilder has.

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How to get Stronger Legs

It’s not uncommon for men to train their upper body intensely without paying much attention to the lower body. This is a pity because the legs are the foundation of the human body, and a pair of strong legs will improve your balance as well as your overall strength and well-being. Let’s take a look at some of the best leg training methods:

 

Squats

This squat is the king of leg training methods and it’s one of the three lifts in the sport of powerlifting. It strengthens the gluteal muscles, quadriceps, hamstring, and other leg muscles.

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The squat can be done normally by holding a weighted barbell on your shoulder like powerlifters do, by holding some weight in your hands, with a heavy backpack or even without weights. You can start by doing the latter but if you want to develop great leg strength then eventually you have to start doing it while holding some heavy weights.

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