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How to Run Faster

Besides running itself, there are a few exercises that will help you become faster. Some of them are for a specific group of muscles – in the case of running we’re talking about your glutes, calves and rest of your legs. The other group is made up of stamina exercises which increase your ability to run faster and go farther by handicapping you.

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Muscle Group Exercises

So, the first type of exercises that you’ll want to start are pure lower body exercises that are intended to build the muscle in your legs and make them as strong as possible. The stronger your legs are the faster you are going to be able to run. Here are some of the muscle group exercises you should be doing:

Squats: This is a great exercise for improving your running speed because you are improving all of the muscles involved in that process. You want to stand with your feet lined up with your shoulders and then act like you are lowering yourself into a chair behind you. When you get to the point where you feel those muscles engage, do your reps. I recommend you do heavy weight low rep training to strengthen your muscles as much as possible with gaining unnecessary muscle, which would slow you down.

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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.

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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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