Run a Faster Forty


I wanted to share a blog series I wrote a while back for the Cellucor website. The series is geared towards getting better at running a faster forty yard dash. Here’s a tidbit from the first article in the series. Links to the remaining parts of the series are after the break.

“What’s your forty time?” This is a question that’s often heard among athletes in a variety of sports ranging from soccer to football. Whether you like it or not, it’s the measuring stick of choice for assessing an athlete’s speed. While many think that speed is an innate ability that you either have or don’t; the reality is that running fast has both technical and physical components that can both be developed to run faster. In this blog series on improving your forty yard dash performance, I’ll take a look at both of these areas and provide some guidelines for running faster.

I’d like to kick off this series by taking a look at the start. More specifically, I’d like to take a look at the starting position itself. The position an athlete assumes in their starting position will have a direct impact on the body positions and the athlete’s ability to accelerate over the first couple steps. Given the short distance of the test and the fact that foot position is one of the easiest elements to control, it’s a good place to start this series.