Acceleration Development

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Sleds and hills are not the same, and when you decide to implement a modality is just as important as the choice of what external tool to use. I have found the classic path of mixing hills and flat first has worked because it forces a nice foot strike. Sleds sometimes does this but many athletes just do the error slower with resistance, making the problem worse. Hills force you to have good front side mechanics and not have excessive swinging because you will go backwards or severely slow down the run. While the 10% rule is important, you need to run correctly first before worrying about loading principles. Many coaches then implement resisted sleds when the technique is sufficient for a training effect, but some very coordinated athletes use sleds for technique if they are advanced enough. Sometimes simple training is the best teaching.
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Carl Valle

Carl Valle

Track & Field Coach
Carl is an expert coach who has produced champions in swimming, track and numerous other sports. He is one of the foremost experts in the fields of nutrition and restoration.
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