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Watch GB Heptathlete Lucy Turner share her top sprint drills

Want to learn to run like a GB athlete? Or just pick up a few pointers to increase your running PB? We caught up with pro athlete, Lucy Turner to hear her top sprint drills for improving speed.  

 

Whether you run long distances and want to improve your time or sprinting power is a big part of your workouts, chances are a lot of your training will focus on your running technique. A better technique will make you a more efficient and likely faster runner, but as with anything, this will take practice- and that’s where drills come in. “Increasing your speed isn’t something that’s going to happen overnight,” Lucy says. “I’ve worked super hard on my technique and practicing sprint drills over and over again to make sure I’m in the correct positions.” 

Before she shared her sprint drills, Lucy gave us some pointers to think about whilst performing them. 

Lucy’s top tips for improving your speed

  1. Keep Tall

    You should try and keep tall and focus on the hips being high. We don’t want the hips moving from side to side or dipping down as you run. A good way to think about it is to imagine everything is zipped up, as if you have a jacket on. “Zip it up and keep the core engaged, pulling the hips high. We don’t want the shoulders tensed up though, so drop them back down.” 

  2. Keep a neutral loaded foot

    The foot comes up, toes pulled up to the sky. That way, when the foot strikes the ground you can put more force through the floor.  

  3. Move forwards

    You want to be leaning ever so slightly forwards, so all the work that you put through the floor can help you move forwards. If you’re leaning back the energy can be lost in different places. 

Lucy’s top sprint drills

Ready to take on the drills? Watch the video below to see them in action.  

 

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2020-11-02 01:26:15By Gilbert Georgie



Gilbert Georgie

Gilbert Georgie

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Georgie is a Fashion Marketing and Communications MA graduate originally from the south. After University she went on to work in Sports for a leading sports equipment manufacturer, where she was lucky enough to work with world-class athletes, top trainers, and inspiring customers alike before taking the experience forward to MP. A somewhat reluctant early bird, Georgie manages to drag herself to the gym most mornings for 7:00 am HIIT sessions or weight training under the watchful eyes of a virtual PT. For some reason, Saturday night takeout always tastes better when accompanied by DOMS.