Band sprints are no joke.
“It gets a little serious ... especially if you’ve never done ’em right,” Raphael Ruiz says during a CrossFit Football Trainer Course.
He instructs the group on how to do band sprints safely and effectively. Build up to the sprint and then kick up the asphalt, Ruiz explains. The goal is to teach athletes speed, not to provide so much resistance that they’re barely moving.
“We’re not trying to make this an ugly run,” he adds. “It doesn’t have to go very far, but it should look like a sprinter.”
Still, Ruiz says many running techniques lose the essence of what it is to be fast, particularly for athletes like football and baseball players, whose speed can win or lose a game.
“What is running fast? What is the definition?” he asks. “You get from Point A to Point B as fast as possible. Understand that.”
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Additional reading: Sport-Specific Training Using CrossFit Fundamentals by Kevin W. Cann Jr., published May 14, 2011.