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    I want to be faster and was wondering what teh best method is for gaining speed. I've always been big and slow but I've leaned out and gained muscle and I know I'm faster than I once was but I"m still pretty slow. Any suggestions?

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    Originally posted by garod82 View Post
    I want to be faster and was wondering what teh best method is for gaining speed. I've always been big and slow but I've leaned out and gained muscle and I know I'm faster than I once was but I"m still pretty slow. Any suggestions?
    http://www.dragondoor.com/articles/t...g/default.aspx
    Increasing Speed – Interview with Jon Goodwin — Patrick Ward, MS CSCS LMT

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    • #3
      Thanks, I'll check it out.

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      • #4
        I can only speak for personal experience but I have found that HIT style training really decreased my mile time.
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        • #5
          If you want to run fast... then run fast! Get a sprint workout in once per week. You will start sprinting faster and your mile time will drop.

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          • #6
            I'd recommend sprinting and plyometrics.
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            • #7
              i think this is pretty self-explanatory, right? if you want to get better at something, then do it. if you want to run faster, then run faster. focus on sprinting workouts and maybe toss in some plyometrics workouts like goldsmith said. it doesn't seem like you're in a position to do any sort of advanced speed drills yet

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              • #8
                Yup. I'd also add hill workouts. As a slow big guy who is still slow by real runner standards, I knocked over a minute/mile off my 10K pace using uphill sprints, and shorter hill runs. I'll never be fast, but I've seen steady improvement.

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                • #9
                  Depends on what kind of speed we're talking about. For martial artists, speed is more mental.
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                  • #10
                    Good stuff with Barry Ross. Does he have a different protocol with jumping higher?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bobert View Post
                      Good stuff with Barry Ross.
                      Barry Ross claims his strength routine doesn't add bulk. I don't necessarily dispute this, but I also wonder if he's just training someone (particularly Olympian Allyson Felix) who doesn't bulk up easily. Either way, it's definitely worth looking into.

                      Originally posted by Bobert View Post
                      Does he have a different protocol with jumping higher?
                      I'd imagine it's the same. Get strong and then go practice the skill, which is basically what Body by Science talks about when it differentiates metabolic and skills conditioning. For certain skills, you may want to make sure your body has the proper range of motion:

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