Resistance Speed Training
Here is a good explanation of the the purpose and function of resistant sprints. I have experimented with overspeed training, as mentioned in the video, and it has been “okay” at best. Resistant sprints on the other hand have yielded better results. The issue with overspeed training (a bungee pulling you faster than you would normally go) is that often that athlete will use a breaking effect with the heel.
It is a natural movement, when you are getting pulled forward too fast, to slow yourself down. On the other hand, when the goal is to pull against a resistive force, most athletes will drive extremely hard. This may be because they are more comfortable with the forward lean, perhaps it is because they are actually running under their max speed. Either way, I have had more success with resistive sprinting.
Tom Shaw Explaining a LSU Speed Program.
I’ll add, for resistive I like bands and sleds, not parachutes. I have performed all of these movements myself, so this isn’t just off of someone’s opinion. Parachutes have too many outside factors to progress properly and safely, number one being if it is windy out. Ever try to run in a parachute with the wind blowing you sideways? It is no fun, and unsafe. Too inconsistent for my purposes.
- Joe Hashey, CSCS –