Muscle Man has all sorts of great toning exercises. I used him as my trainer and worked several muscles, full body workout for sure. As a former college athlete I am no stranger to lifting weights, but wow did I forget how much I love it. Feeling the muscles work, pushing to failure, watching the FLEX, it was GREAT!!
I was itching to run so Muscle Man thought up a fun workout. 400 meter sprints on the treadmill, start slow, get faster each lap and we would trade off for rest between.
400 x 7mph- shaking the legs out after lifting
400 x 8mph- warming up
400 x 9mph- starting to get the heartrate going
400 x 10mph- more focussed form
400 x 11mph- Muscle Man coached me through this one, it was tough!!
400 x 12mph- DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!! I don't know why I though I could run a 5:00minute mile pace 400, I set out with the best intentions and made it 3/4 through when I felt my hamstring start to tighten, I bailed out to avoid injury. That was FAST!!
I wanted to finish with atleast 2 miles so I hopped on for a slow half mile barefoot in my socks, it felt good to test my form and feel my feet working.
We decided that we will keep doing this workout or a version of this on the track and see how much faster we can get over the Summer Months.
I urge you to try something like this, with rest between reps. It is a GREAT way to test your speed and kick it up a gear. For safety, if you are doing this on a treadmill, make sure you are not solo or that you have a buddy nearby to hit STOP. If you are just getting started then progress in smaller increments than what we did, 7mph to 7.2mph or 7.5mph and so on.
OK off to bed, today was a little rest and recoup day.. back at it tomorrow.
- What workout do you think helps increase your speed? Please share in a comment.