09 Jan '18, 6pm

What is contrast training—and can it make you a faster runner? https://t.co/zyRRRtcd35

If you’re looking to leave last year’s PR in the dust, chances are you’ve already thought of the usual go-to training methods—tempo runs , plyometrics , hill repeats , and interval training ). Well, there’s another speed-boosting method you should keep on your radar. Not only is it time-efficient, but also hardly makes a dent in your weekly mileage. Enter: contrast training. Contrast training is an exercise method that can enhance your neuromuscular efficiency, or the ability of your nervous system to communicate quickly and effectively with the muscles you use during a run. This effect is achieved by first priming the fast-twitch muscle fibers with a few reps of a heavy lift. Then, while the muscles and nervous system are still fired up and ready to go, you hit them with an explosive movement that follows the same movement pattern (think: deadlifts paired with kettlebell ...

Full article: https://www.runnersworld.com/strength-training/contrast-t...

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