On the Science of Sprinting Fast.

Found this interesting video online about Asafa Powell. Yes it’s in German, but you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand what they’re talking about. Pay attention to his running form during the slow motion captures, watch the first video from 5.50 if you’re in a hurry.

Running fast is a combination of maximizing your stride length and a fast stride frequency. Notice how their foot placement are almost directly below their centre of gravity when their main torso passes through. This allows minimal braking forces created whilst taking a stride.

Now watch my sprints.

Tried to stay low during the drive phase, but my foot placement is way too far out causing me to brake against it and come up too soon.

Once again, problem is with my foot placement. Landing in front of myself causes me to run low and shortens my stride length massively. Also foot contact time is almost double of my training partner’s because of that. How can I fix this?

Well the good news is that drills need to be done to make the body aware of the new movement pattern and I’ve pretty much mastered those drills. It’s now just transferring those movement patterns into my runs. There’s no magic to running fast, yes you need to be physically fit but more importantly you need to have the right running technique.

Time to get quick.

On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow. – Fredrich Nietzsche

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