I always come back to sprints.
What exactly is sprinting? It’s getting to max speed as soon as possible.
Here’s why I love them:
Sprinting helps the body better tolerate lactic accumulation that takes place during anaerobic activity.
- Sprinting allows the body to become less fatigued during intense exercise. I can always tell who’s bootcamp conditioned and who’s coasting. Sprints will tell the story. I use them regularly in my own training as well as my clients. I look for hills, stairs and nice flat straightaways.
Sprinting increases your energy storage capacity allowing you to train harder and longer.
- Sprinting builds “bootcamp mental toughness” which will serve our clients in all walks of their lives.
- Sprinting builds the muscles of the glutes and hamstrings.
- Sprinting will elevate metabolism long after the workout resulting in a higher caloric burn.
If you use sprints regularly in your training, everything improves. Your body becomes more efficient in its day to day processes, your work capacity improves, and your overall conditioning is elevated.
The secret with sprint training is to make sure that you’re progressing. A well planned spring program does just that. A program should include volume training, intensity training and variety to avoid boredom.
Add “pop sprints” to your arsenal. To do pop sprints, start off on your knees. On the bootcamp instructors “GO!”, pop up onto your feet and sprint the required distance. Tough? Hell yes! Results? Oh, yes!
Here’s a great sprint workout that you can use in your bootcamp (no pop sprints in this workout):
Straight Ahead Speed
2 X 100 yard sprints (1:3)
If you’re interested in adding a sprinting component to your bootcamps to freshen things up, check out my video below of “Superhero Sprints”.