Omaha Gym – The Forged Athlete – How To Increase Your Acceleration and Explosive Speed
What’s better then being able to out run your opponent or blow through a guy standing in front of you? I can’t think of too many things.
There’s nothing more I love watching than a guy busting through the line to make a sack, a wrestler blasting thru a guy with a takedown, or a sprinter exploding out of the blocks with explosive power and force.
Its so demoralizing to your challenger when you can beat him off the line, always be a step ahead, and simply run right through him like he’s nothing.
Acceleration plays such a huge roll in being explosive and fast.
The first few steps of a sprint, the first few movements of a take down, and of course coming out of a break and changing directions.
Acceleration is key in all of these movements.
There’s lots of exercises that come to mind that will help increase your acceleration.
The other day, my workout called for tire flips. Tire flips are great at helping one become more explosive and to increase their overall acceleration.
The only problem for me was, the weather was absolutely terrible out! I wasn’t going to be able to get outside and flip my tire.
What I did was used my imagination a bit and decided to try something new.
I took your basic tire flip and added some resistance bands to the mix.
What I did was make a band harness which forced me to explode and accelerate through the whole tire flip motion.
I set up a little contraption so I could flip the tire then simply pull the tire back into place so I could get multiple reps in without having to get out of the bands. It worked good enough to say the least.
The bands work great for acceleration work. While the bands get longer, the tension increases, which forces you to keep accelerating. If you don’t, you’re going to get pulled back. Using bands also force you to keep low and stay moving.
I loved these. These also worked well because the tires we currently have are not as heavy as we would like. I’ve got to make the lifts harder any way possible. Using bands with this works!
At the end of the workout, I ended with some added range of motion sprinter lunges with the barbell that were absolutely killer!
This was a great workout to increase my overall acceleration capabilities.
Give it a try and check out the video!