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What It Takes to Be a Good Sprinter

Learn what it takes to be a good sprinter from sprinting coach Shane Paul Neil in this Howcast video.


Hi, my name is Shane Paul Neil with City Coach Multisport and I'm here to discuss what it takes to be a sprinter.

The truth of the matter is a lot of what comes with sprinting is genetic. A sprinter tends to have a lot of what is called quick-switch muscles. Which are muscles that respond very quickly to stimulus with a lot of exertion. They are very good for short distances and a lot of power. As opposed to slow-switch muscles which distance runners have an abundance of. They give out a moderate amount of energy for a longer period of time.

Outside of genetics, what you really need in terms of being a good sprinter generally is a coach and some training partners. Sprinting by yourself is a very difficult prospect because there is so much technically going on between form and generating your workouts from day to day you need somebody there for some supervision.

USA Track and Field has a lot of resources for you to find a local track and field club in your area and other information that will be helpful for you in your sprinting career. That's what it takes to be a good sprinter.

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