Provoke nightmares for your competition. A well-oiled machine with an unbreakable engine is deadly.
Don’t worry about your critics. If you’re working hard enough, they won’t be able to keep up with you. You won’t worry about what others are saying. They’re mere distractions, and if you’re able to hear what they’re saying…you need to be faster.
The full benefits of speed arise out of controlled power:
- Core strength,
- Weight training
- Dynamic stretching
- Optimized form
Speed may be a result of phenomenal conditioning. The aerobic capacity of a fine tuned machine can reach an entirely new energy level. The competition will look around confused, asking how that amount of power can be transmuted for rapid fire. Maybe the competition does have more power than you, but their fault is that they can’t sustain that energy.
There’s no mystery in taking hold of that form. It requires precision with no distractions. Target the core and enjoy the benefits.
Without a strong core, the machine can’t hit full throttle.
Imagine driving a Corvette locked in 2nd gear, forever.
You won’t hit your full potential.
What a waste!
Now. How do you unlock speed?
As I’ve mentioned before it starts with targeting the core.
Your movement will become more fluid, and you’ll be able to call upon a reserve source of energy when you feel tired.
A popular way to develop your core strength is through pilates excercises. Below is one of my favorite YouTube videos for Pilates workouts.
They’re simple and you should implement them into your weekly routine.
Watch the short video and follow “Pilates Excercises for Runners” 4-5 times a week to improve your speed. Sean Vigue is an excellent instructor. I discovered his videos last Summer, and I’m glad I’ve stuck with the routine he demonstrates on the video.
Now, it can be discouraging at first. You won’t see immediate results. They’ll reveal themselves in your future workouts and competitions. For example, last year over Summer I thought to myself…
“Does this actually work? Really? I’m supposed to watch these free videos and follow the workout…and I’ll unlock my speed?”
A couple of months later I set new Personal Records for my 8k race times. My running speed improved by a significant amount. I found it easier to attack hills on my workouts, and I certainly improved my energy levels.
Take a look yourself and let me know what you think: