Acceleration Training: The Sled Push

-November 11th, 2015-

In team sports, Speed Kills. More important than maximum speed though is acceleration.

We teach specific acceleration running technique at TheDA. We don’t just put cones down and say run there as fast as you can.

We break down the athletes technique stride by stride to improve their ability to apply force. Combine improved technique with added strength and it’s easy to understand why we get results with our athletes so rapidly.UsainBolt

The Sled Push is a great exercise as it allows us to improve acceleration technique and force production at the same time. A ‘great bang for your buck’ exercise which is why we love it so much.

Check out the video below to learn the ‘3 Keys to Acceleration’ that we teach to all of our athletes and practice to improve almost every session they train, and why the sled is our favourite tool to use.

P.S. In case you missed it the 3 Keys to Acceleration are:

  1. Run at a 45 degree angle
  2. Drive knee as high as you can maintaining lean
  3. Drive foot through the ground like you’re crushing a pop can.

About the Author

Sean Holmes

The owner and Head Strength Coach of The Dynamic Athlete is Sean Holmes. Sean is also the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Toronto Rock and a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and a youth speed and agility specialist (YSAS).

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