Overspeed Training

Overspeed Training or downhill sprinting?

Downhill sprinting like any form of exercise has its pros and cons. Keep in mind that downhill sprinting places extra loading on muscles and joints. Overspeed Training with speed technology is a safe modern alternative. 

  • Speed and intensity. Downhill sprinting can assist you to reach overspeed sprint levels quickly, to help you practise running at higher speeds.

  • Eccentric strength development. The eccentric muscle contractions required to control your body during downhill sprinting can assist in developing lower leg strength.

  • Safer and more accurately delivered speed increases.
  • Real-time data and feedback on your sprint speeds.
  • Sprint on your choice of appropriate flat surface.

  • Increased risk of injury, muscle soreness and impact on joints. Downhill sprinting places greater impact on lower limb joints. The increased use of eccentric muscle contractions also increases post exercise muscle soreness. Running at higher speeds downhill can also increase the chance of trips and falls.

  • Difficulties with locating suitable slopes. Athletes should avoid sprinting down gradients greater than 2-3%. It can be difficult to locate suitable, consistent and even downhill slopes over sufficient distances to utilise appropriately.

None that we can can think of!

But If getting a booking becomes an issue, a tailored package by Speed Technik –  brought to you, may better meet your needs.

Tips for your next downhill sprint

  1. Warm up and cool down appropriately.
  2. Introduce your downhill sprinting slowly and gradually to your training regime.
  3. Find an appropriate slope.
  4. Be mindful of running with good technique and form.
  5. Wear appropriate footwear.
  6. Allow appropriate rest and recovery between reps, sets and sessions.
  7. Consider attending a Speed Technik Overspeed Training Session or calling us to discuss your needs.

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