How Running Parachutes Work

Training With a Running Parachute

Running parachute workouts aren't worthwhile for everyday use. They are best incorporated along with other forms of resistance training like resistance bands and ankle weights, periodically. Start out by adding them in once a week. Use them for shorter distances, starting at around 50 yards (45.7 meters) and working up to 100 yards (91.4 meters.)

Open areas are the best places for trying them out. Find a local football field or other athletic field to practice your speed-chute training. While you can train with the chutes on curves, running straight makes the most sense so that it picks up wind resistance and provides the anticipated drag. Avoid running near trees where the chute could get caught and damaged.

While the chutes do allow for lone training, a partner can throw the chute up in the air so it quickly catches wind resistance. But either way, pick up speed quickly so that the chute immediately expands and creates drag.

If you're considering incorporating running parachutes into your workouts, build up to the routine below. If it's too easy, you can increase the number of sprints.

  • Take off and quickly build up speed as you throw your body forward.
  • Quickly lift the body up. Stay relaxed during the sprint and maintain an upright position.
  • Increase your impact with the ground and try to maintain a constant speed, even as the chute begins pulling and dragging.
  • Start out with four 50 yard (45.7 meter) sprints with the chute.
  • Increase the distance to 75 yards (68.5 meters) and do four more sprints.
  • Increase the distance to 100 yards (91.4 meter) and do four more sprints.
  • Rest for one minute between each distance.

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