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Speed Training for Runners

Speed training for runners is integral for those looking to compete against others or their own personal times. Speed training for runners often involves improving form and teaching your legs how to move faster.

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How Turnover Drills Work

If you're a runner, you might be more focused on the path ahead instead of the ground below. But turnover, or the number of times your feet strike the ground each minute, is important in running, and improving that rate can give you results.


How Bungee Speed Training Works

The same material that boings bungee jumpers from bridges is used by runners to increase muscle strength. How will this type of resistance training improve your running performance?

How Circuit Training Works

If you easily get bored with workouts, the variety involved in circuit training may appeal to you. What exercises are used in circuit training to spice up the routine?

How Hill Training Works

What goes up must come down. Chances are, if you run uphill in training, your finish times in races will come down. Why is hill training so effective?

How Interval Training Works

Interval training mixes up high- and low-intensity exercises to help boost stamina. How is alternating speeds better for your body than working out at a continuous pace?

How Lactate Threshold Training Works

Crossing your lactate threshold during a race can cause you to feel exhausted and decrease your pace. So how do you increase your lactate threshold in training?

How Plyometrics Works

If you're looking for an extra edge in your sport, plyometrics may be the answer. But what, exactly, is it and how do you do it?

How Powerbag Training Works

Bagging a workout usually implies that you've avoided or ended an exercise session prematurely. But that's not the case with a Powerbag which makes your typical training even more difficult.

How Running Ladders Work

Whether your goal is to beat your personal best in a local road race or compete with the elites in Boston, running ladders can help you succeed. So what is this strange-sounding workout, and what exactly will it do for you?

How Running Parachutes Work

You don't have to tumble out of an airplane to make good use of a parachute. Running parachutes are gaining popularity with a host of athletes.

How Strides Work

At the end of the race, will you be able to pull away from the other runners and finish first? To increase your speed, incorporate strides into your training.