Speed Training: Improving Your Acceleration

Speed is a product of stride length (the distance your feet travel in a stride) and stride frequency (the number of steps you take in a given time period). However, you will not reach top speed by focusing on increasingly larger steps to increase stride length or taking short, quick steps to increase stride frequency. Instead, top speeds are created by applying ‘optimal’ force to the ground. Both length and frequency are improved by strength, so better strength application results in faster speeds. Really, acceleration training is a form of strength training.

In this free download, available to registered members of PP Online, we provide you with tips to improve acceleration.