Sprints for Cardio Training? You Better Believe It
Sprints not only increase athleticism and explosiveness, but the exercise also decreases fat and will effectively build lean muscle. Have you ever seen a picture of a professional sprinter? They are absolutely ripped, and this is because of all the high-intensity anaerobic cardio training they utilize.
In this post, I'm going to explain several sprint variations that you can start using to spice up your cardio routine and subsequently transform your body.
Make sure that you ALWAYS use dynamic stretching prior to these explosive exercises to prevent any unnecessary injury.
The Traditional Sprint
The traditional sprint is performed on a flat surface with no obvious variations. You will run no further than 60 yards with this exercise.
This is because any sprint further than 60 yards may cause your body to enter an aerobic state and will increase lactic acid build up in your legs. In addition, no person can maintain 100 percent intensity for distances exceeding 60 yards, not even the most elite athletes.
The key to this exercise is to remember that you are exerting your maximum amount of effort in the shortest amount of time. You should always be trying to push your physical limits!
Here is a beginners traditional sprint routine: 4 reps at 60 yards, 4 reps at 40 yards, 2 reps at 20 yards.
You should consider using the traditional sprint for an extended amount of time to build up a solid foundation for more advanced exercises in the future.