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The training you do off the track is just as important as what you do on it if you want to get the most from your sprinting. We caught up with British 400m sprinter Nigel Levine and asked him what drills he does in the gym to improve his times.
‘Perform three sets of ten reps for each of these exercises with a weight that you feel comfortable with,’ says Levine. ‘Focus on maintaining good form and posture, even if you have to use lighter weights. It’s more important to get the technique right than it is to lift heavy.’
Levine’s acceleration tips
- Get your front leg knee up high to help propel you forward.
- Make sure your rear leg is fully extended for maximum thrust and efficiency.
- Keep your head position neutral to your spine and look straight ahead at all times.
- Make sure your arms pump backwards and forwards.
- Push your elbows back quickly and aggressively.
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